Tuesday 4th September: meet at 14:00 by the exit from the main car park leading to the beach at Beadnall Bay. Grid Reference NU234287
There are many fascinating objects that can be found within the rocks on this coast for example the pentagonal crinoid ossicles (aka Cuthbert’s Beads) and mini ice-cream cone shaped corals, and an exploration of the rocks reveals awesome stories of deep time with continents moving around the surface of the globe and colliding to form mountain ranges which then erode away whilst earthquakes shake, volcanoes erupt and dinosaurs come and go. This is all very well, but what actual use is this? This walk exploring the geodiversity of the villages of Beadnell and Benthall and their fascinating rocky coastline will try and answer this question and discover that geology is not just about fossils and rocks but is fundamentally important to the way our communities have developed. Fascinating objects will also be found, and awesome stories of deep time will be told albeit there will be no dinosaurs.
This walk will be approximately 4 km and will involve scrambling across rocks on the foreshore.
The walk is run as part of the Northumberland Coast AONB series of geo-diversity walks. Just turn up. A donation will be asked for to cover the costs of the walk, an amount of £10 is recommended, however Northumbrian Earth would like to make these walks accessible to all, so a donation will be asked of whatever you can afford and/or you think the walk is worth.