Life’s a Beach!

From June 16 10:00 am until June 16 1:00 pm
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Thursday 16th June, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. The walk is run as part of the Northumberland Coast AONB series of geo-diversity walks.

Walk summary: Understanding geology is not only about looking at rocks. One of the key tenets of geology as expounded by Charles Lyell, a pioneer geologist whose work strongly influenced Charles Darwin, is that “the present is the key to the past”. By this he meant that exactly the same processes that are happening around us now can be used to explain how rocks are formed in the past. To this end we’ll have a look at some of the sedimentary processes active in Beadnell Bay and also the interaction between biological and sedimentary process. This also gives a reason to walk out to the tern colony at Long Nanny and see how they are all getting along as they have chosen to nest in unconsolidated sedimentary material (sand) still subject to active geological processes (waves).

Do I need to book? This event has to be booked in advance. The walk costs £10 for each adult (children free). The walk will be limted to 20 people. To book a place on this walk please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name and telephone number and I will send you bank details for Northumbrian Earth. Once you have made the payment I will confrm your place. If you aren't able to come on the walk for whatever reason please let me know, send me your bank details and I will refund the cost of the walk. Refunds will only be given if you get in touch prior to the walk.

Where do we meet? Meet at the beach exit from the main car park at Beadnell next to Beadnell Bay. Grid reference NU235286. 

How long is the walk? This walk will be approximately 6 km and there will be some scrambling across the rocky beach and across the sandy Beadnell Bay. Strong boots are recommended and some may find walking poles helpful. 

What else do I need to know? Full details will be sent out on email to everyone who books. 


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  • "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
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