GUIDED WALKS: Uncover the stories of coastal landscape

Cullernose boulders.
Cullernose boulders.

He has been described as the Brian Cox of Northumbria’s rocks. And over the next few months, Dr Ian Kille will be leading a series of guided walks to explore the fascinating geology of the county’s coast.

Operating as Northumbrian Earth, Dr Kille is set to bring the rich and intriguing story of the area’s landscape to life during a programme of geo-walks.

Blowing sands.

Blowing sands.

Holy Island, Craster, Beadnell and Bamburgh are all on the itinerary of these free-to-attend hikes, which have been funded by the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Dr Kille is relishing the opportunity of sharing his passion for geology with others.

He said: “Northumberland and the Borders have a treasure chest of rocks telling so many different stories in a landscape of extraordinary beauty. Northumbrian Earth has been set up to explore and tell these stories.”

This Monday, Dr Kille will lead a walk entitled Lindisfarne: The Shifting Sands of Time.

Starting at 2pm from Snook car park, this 4km hike will look at how sediments affect the area, as well as their role in creating the rocks that form Holy Island.

He said: “Even in the recent past, Lindisfarne has not always been a tidal island. Changes in sea level have affected Lindisfarne’s island status as have the constantly changing distribution of sand and other sediments on and around the island.

“The continued drift of sand is not only important to the island now and historically, but also gives an insight into how the more permanent rocks that form the spine of the island came into existence.”

Next up is a walk entitled Craster: Rocks Around the Clock, on Thursday, June 19, followed by Beadnell: What has Geology Ever Done for Us? on Saturday, July 19.

On Sunday, August 17, there will be a walk called Bamburgh: Magma Force, before Spittal: Your Inner Amphibian on Wednesday, September 3.

All the walks start at 2pm, There is no need to book a place, just turn up on the day.

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