the Ley of a Liminal Landscape

From June 30 10:00 am until June 30 1:00 pm
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Thursday 30th 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: The Holy Island of Lindisfarne is a place of transition. It is at the edge of the sea and twice every 24 hours is transformed into an island by the incoming tide. Its remoteness was its appeal for the monks of Lindisfarne giving seclusion and spiritual connection. The geology too can be explored by looking at transitions, passing across the boundary between one rock type to another and exploring what this tells us. Amongst other things we will explore what is the most northerly outcrop of the Whin Sill as it cracks and bakes the Carboniferous sedimentary rocks around it. The Whin Sill is the locking piece that secured the existence of Lindisfarne and defines the landform of the island providing a location for the castle and the lookout tower.

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? We meet at the Window on Wild Lindisfarne, on the left of the path towards the Castle. Grid reference NU129419.

How long is the walk? This walk will be approximately 4km and may involve some scrambling across 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. 


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Interesting items

  • In Praise of Pentagonal

    In Praise of Pentagonal

    A sharp eyed walk along the beach at Cocklawburn or on Lindisfarne and with a bit of luck you may find a small disc, shaped like a tiny petrified polo mint.

  • Where has Hadrian’s Wall Gone?

    Where has Hadrian’s Wall Gone?

    Before I answer that question, here is a little bit of background information from a manuscript fragment recently discovered in an obscure roman outpost at Ecclesia Novum-Oppidum near to the Fluvium Collegium (surprisingly close to where I live!) and published in the journal Falsus Nuntium. 

  • 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 the Brian Cox of Northumbria's rocks"

    Ted Wheadon


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