Tuesday 19th July, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The walk is run as part of the Northumberland Coast AONB series of geo-diversity walks.
Walk summary: The sequence of rocks between Spittal and Cocklawburn give a fascinating insight in to what it was like some 350 million years ago in the early part of the Carboniferous Period at a time when the plants and trees became a major presence on land. One of the consequences of this was the formation of bands of coal, some of the oldest which were exploited during the area's mining history. By looking at the rock types, the sedimentary structures and the fossils contained in each of the rocks it is possible to build up a picture of the ancient tropical landscape in which these coals formed, within river deltas punctuated by tropical seas.
Where do we meet? We meet at the far south end of Spittal Promenade nearest the cliffs. Grid refrerence NU011509.
How long is the walk? This walk will be approximately 6 km and will involve some significant scrambling across slippery beach rocks. 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.