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What has geology ever done for us? (Beadnell)

From September 04 2018 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm
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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.

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Interesting items

  • Northumberland Coast Rocks!

    Northumberland Coast Rocks!

    This project, which was completed during 2015 organised by the Howick Heritage Group and supported with HLF funding, delivered a book, some educational work with a local first and middle school and a series of walks and talks. In this section of geo-diversity resources you can have a look at the presentation given for the walks and talks as well as much of the material which was used in the educational work including lesson plans, activities and exercises.  There is also a handy guide to fossils to be found on the beach at Seahouses (and elsewhere on the coast).


  • "Ian is an ethusiastic geologist and if you go on enough of his walks you soon will be too! Although I have visited the Northumberland Coast many times before, learning about its geology allowed me to see it from a very different perspective. Ian was an enagaging and entertaining guide and as a result of his walk I was able to understand more about this fascinating area."

    Sam Isaac
    Sustainable Tourism researcher


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