Thursday 14th September: Meet at 14:00 at the parking spot on the bend by Sea Houses Farm just south of Howick.
The massive forces unleashed as the earth's continental crust moves around driven by mantle convection are made all too obvious when events such as the Nepal earthquake or that around Amatrice in central Italy happen. These forces do seem rather distant on the geologically quiet and beautiful coast around Howick with not even the smallest earth tremor to disturb the Kittiwakes nesting in teh cliff face. The evidence in the cliff face here at Howick tells a different story though, with massive slabs of rock moving many tens of meters and igneous rock being injected into the cracks between them. Signs that in the Carboniferous period some 300 million years ago that the Northumberland coast was in closer proximity to continents colliding.
This walk will be approximately 5 km and will involve some scrambling across rocks on the beach
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.