Walkers learn of area's tropical geological past

The fascinating geology of the Northumberland coast is the subject of a series of walks and talks over the next few weeks.

Sunday, 8th May 2016, 07:47 am
Walkers at Spittal.

Dr Ian Kille of Northumbrian Earth has teamed up with the Peregrini Lindisfarne Landscape Partnership to run a community geology project.

They hope to build on the success of the recent Berwick Walking Festival which attracted participants from all over the country.

A walk around Holy Island has already been a strong draw, while a hardy group of walkers completed the Top to Sea challenge walk, which ran over four days starting with a walk up to the Cheviot and then all the way down through Kirknewton, Etal and Norham to finish at the sea in Berwick.

Since then, the project has held another successful walk exploring the mining heritage of the area around Cocklawburn. On a beautiful day for a picnic, the walk included a quiet reflection of the many men, some recorded in archives and others not, who lost their lives through their work in the colliery.

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Next up will be a walk exploring the Limestones of Cocklawburn Beach, at 2pm on Saturday, May 14, in the company of Dr Kille. How the limestone formed, what it was like when the limestone was laid down, and the extraordinary diversity of creature will all be explored.

Ian explains: “The environment some 350million years ago on Cocklawburn Beach was positively tropical and the creatures, while different from life as we know it, tell a fascinating story of a more primitive but strangely familiar past.”

Northumbrian Earth will also be running a walk in collaboration with the Northumberland Coast AONB at 10am on Sunday, May 8, which will explore the coastline south of Howick and help explain how Earl Grey Tea became such a refreshing drink!

Looking further ahead to Monday, May 23, from 6.30pm-8.30pm, there will be a joint event in the Parish Centre in Berwick between the community archives and geology projects run by Linda Bankier and Ian Kille.

This will explore the different ways of using maps to understand the human history of the area as well as the geological pre-history and will involve practical opportunities to try out some of the techniques.

To book a place, contact berwickarchives@woodhorn.org.uk