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Northumbrian Earth
The Old Reading Room
NE71 6XE

T: 01668 216066


Rocks around the Clock

From July 29, 2:00 pm until July 29, 5:00 pm
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Saturday 29th April: Meet at 14:00 by the Tourist Information Centre at the entrance to the car park in Craster NU 256 198

Please be warned that parking can be difficult at this time of year, and if you are driving it is worth arriving in plenty of time. There is also an excellent bus service which makes for a more relxed way of getting to Craster (and you get a great view from the top deck!).

The Whin Sill ribs its way across the whole of Northumberland and parts of Co Durham and Cumbria in a series of huge arcs. It withstood the onslaught of ice over the last few million years, standing proud of the terrain around it when the ice retreated 10 thousand years ago. It defines many of the iconic landmarks of Northumberland; Bamburgh, Lindisfarne and Dunstanburgh Castles as well as sections of Hadrians Wall are built on it, and the Laidly Wyrm curled its tail around it at Spindlestone Heugh. This 300 million year old rock formed of tough igneous rock injected between layers of Carboniferous sedimentary rock like jam into a doughnut is the reference for geologists looking at this type of formation.

In this walk we will look at a particularly fine section of the sill between Craster and Cullernose point and use this as the basis for exploring what the rocks can tell us about their enormous age.

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.

This walk will be approximately 4km, there will be some scrambling across rocks which will be slippery if wet.

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Interesting items

  • 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 Kille is an absolute authority on the geology of Northumberland. His knowledge is unmatched, his presentation is perfect and his enthusiasm is unbridled. Ian has lead a series of walks for us along the Northumberland Coast AONB over the last two years and every walk has been immensely enjoyable, thoroughly entertaining and incredibly educational. He is able to explain complex geological sequences across enormous timescales to young and old alike and has piqued a geological interest in many that has kept the audience coming back for all of his walks."

    Jessica Turner
    Historic and Built Environment Officer
    Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership


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