White Sands to Skateraw, East Lothian
13th June 2021
THE ROCKS: At times during the Carboniferous Period, central Scotland was covered in warm, shallow seas where life thrived and layers of carbonate-rich muds formed. These muds created the important limestones of Barns Ness, rich in fossils and evidence of changeable environmental conditions on the Equator.
THE WALK: From Barns Ness this is a pleasant walk heading south-east along the coast to Skateraw, on the coastal path for most of the way but exploring sandy and rocky beaches. We’ll return by the path on the raised beach. Total distance 9 km. 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.
MEETING POINT & ROUTE: Car park at White Sands. Turn off the A1 at the Cement Works, head towards Dunbar and after 500m turn right (east) on to a minor road sign posted for White Sands and the caravan site. Follow this road to White Sands beach and drive to the far end of the beach, where there is a grassy car park. Grid reference: NT748748| Nearest Postcode: EH42 1QP | What3Words: topics.clinking.hampers | Route Map.
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.