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Exploring Lindisfarne’s Landscape

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Lindisfarne Castle Dr Ian Kille

The Northumberland Coast AONB season of Geodiversity walks continues this year with the second walk - “Lindisfarne, the ley of a liminal landscape” - on Wednesday 19th June from 10am.

These walks are led by local geologist Dr Ian Kille and give an opportunity to explore the fascinating stories that the rocks exposed on the coastline tell of our deep past as well as how they have shaped the area’s history.

Amongst other geological features, the walk will explore the iconic landforms created by the Whin Sill which now underpins the Castle as well as the Lookout heugh above the Priory and its recently discovered Anglo Saxon church. This extraordinary phenomenon has an enormous impact on the Northumberland landscape as it provides the setting for so many of the county’s most iconic constructions including Bamburgh Castle, Dunstanburgh Castle and parts of Hadrian’s Wall as well as being the landscape centrepiece of High Cup Nick and High Force. This outcrop of Whin Sill has several unique features which help understand how this enormous slab of igneous rock found its way into these locations.

The walk starts at Window on Wild Lindisfarne, which can be found on the left-hand side of the path between the village and the castle looking out over the small lake opposite the Ouse and harbour. The walk will be about 6km long and will involve some scrambling along the foreshore, so good footwear, appropriate clothing and a basic level of fitness is required.

Details of this and other walks in the series can be found on the Northumbrian Earth website 

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Dr Ian Kille, who is leading the Geo-diversity walk on Wednesday 19th June