St Baldred’s Cradle, East Lothian
11th November 2023
Around 340 million years ago East Lothian was wracked by volcanic eruptions that have helped to form the area’s varied coastline. The jutting headland of St Baldred’s Cradle is made of resistant basalt rock, and gives us a glimpse of some of the inner workings of these messy little volcanoes.
THE ROCKS: St Baldred’s Cradle is the remains of a volcanic vent that erupted in Carboniferous times, around 340 million years ago. We’ll discover the hard basalt heart of the volcano, and some volcanic ash. Around the volcano there are some interesting sandstone layers, formed before the volcano erupted.
THE WALK: This is a circular walk through the woods and along the coast of the Tyne estuary and the headland of St Baldred’s Cradle. I have classified this as an Easy Walk. It may be wet, windy or cold. Come equipped with strong footwear and waterproof clothing. Distance 4km round trip, duration 2-3 hours.
MEETING POINT & ROUTE: Tyninghame Links car park, about 3km northeast of Tyninghame village, just off the A198 North Berwick – Dunbar road. Coming from Tyningham, travel north on the A198, over the top of the first hill and take the minor road to the right. The car park is at the end of this road. Grid reference NT627 809 | Nearest Postcode: EH42 1XW | What3Words: billiard.fairness.remix | Route Map.