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Thursday 20th July: Meet at 10:00 outside the Village Hall in Kirknewton. The walk will be about 6km and will involve significant hill climbing.
Some 400 million years ago the northern part of the Northumberland National Park centered around the Cheviot would have been inhabited by a volcano similar in size to that of Mount Etna. The remains of this volcano have had a strong influence over the geological history of the area, ever since it was formed in the last phase of continental collision which created an early physical union of England and Scotland.
The story of the formation of the volcano and its subsequent history will be explored in this walk, the second of a pair based in this part of the Northumberland National Park. Access to the geology is more challenging here than on the coast and the style of walking very different. We will be using good footpaths but you will need walking boots, appropriate clothing and a basic level of fitness as there will be a significant amount of hill climbing. We will be seeing rocks but as the outcrops are rather more infrequent than on the coast, the emphasis on this walk will be on enjoying the walk and getting to understand the landscape through what we can see of its surface forms.
The walk is a Northumbrian Earth only walk, just turn up! As with the AONB walks a donation will be asked for to cover the costs of the walk, an amount of £10 is recommended, however I 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.