25th June 2021
THE ROCKS tell us about a dramatic episode in Scotland’s history when East Lothian was rocked by volcanic eruptions that buried the landscape under lava and ash, while beneath the surface magma oozed into underground chambers and cracks. What happened away back then created today’s landscape with its islands, hills and rocky headlands, all made of hard igneous rocks. Millions of years of erosion have taken their toll, stripping off the overlying rocks to expose a wide variety of rocks and shapes – volcanic vents, intrusions, lavas and ash layers. If it wasn’t for all the ancient volcanic activity, the landscape would be flatter, the Firth of Forth wider, and perhaps East Lothian wouldn’t exist at all!
THE WALK: From North Berwick we walk eastwards on the beach and across rocky headlands before turning inland and walking for a short distance on pavement beside the main road. Once back at the edge of the town, the optional extension takes us up the steep side of North Berwick Law for fantastic views and a more gentle ascent back to the start point. Distance 7 km, with an additional 3km for the ascent of the Law (187m). This is classified as a Moderate Walk, not always on paths, it may be rough or slippery underfoot at times. It may be wet, windy or cold. Come equipped with strong footwear, waterproof clothing and something to eat and drink.
CORONAVIRUS – IMPORTANT INFORMATION: During Geowalks activities, the aim is to keep everyone safe and to minimise the risk of transmission of Coronavirus. Everyone has a duty to minimise the risk to themselves and others. All participants must read this document “Geowalks: Coronavirus Pandemic 2020-2021: Information for participants on short walks (version 2.0 15Mar21)” and you can only attend a Geowalks activity if you have read and agree to follow the procedures outline, and accept the risks involved.
Most importantly, do not attend if you are experiencing any symptoms of Coronavirus, or if you, or anyone you have been in close contact with, has tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 14 days. The main symptoms are a new continuous cough, fever or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste.