Elie to St Monans, Fife

Event Date:

3rd May 2022

Event Time:

10:00 am

Join a group from the Yorkshire Midweek Geology Group for a gentle walk along the Fife coast, exploring a range of volcanic and sedimentary rocks.

THE ROCKS: The rocks of the East Neuk of Fife are a mix of Carboniferous sedimentary rocks, sometimes spectacularly folded, and later volcanic necks testament to small, messy, very explosive basaltic eruptions. The sedimentary rocks include thick sandstone layers, mudstone and occasional limestones. There are several volcanic necks in this area, mainly filled with layered tuff but with a range of small-scale intrusions.

THE WALK: This is short and reasonably gentle walk on the Fife Coastal Path with occasional forays on to the shore. I have classified this as a moderate walk: Not always on paths, may be rough or slippery underfoot at times. You’ll need footwear with a good tread, warm and waterproof clothing. a drink and some lunch. Distance 5km, duration about 5 hours.

MEETING POINT & ROUTE: the High Street, Elie, at the bus stop opposite the Elie Deli. Grid reference: NO492000 | Nearest Postcode: KY9 1BZ | What3Words: talents.computers.router | Route Map. From the end of the walk at St Monans there are a variety of options: return to Elie on foot or by bus, or we can arrange a car shuttle.

Note: members of the Yorkshire Midweek Geology Group, you don’t need to book through here – as long as Anne knows you are coming!


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