Thursday 25 July 2019, 10am
It is Scotland’s most important geological site, but Siccar Point is tucked away on the rugged coastline of the Scottish Borders, a hidden gem with beautiful coastal scenery and a rich geological story. We’ll get to the point by walking along the Berwickshire Coastal Path from Cove, gradually travelling back in time through three periods of constrasting sedimentary rocks. Day walk, 5 hours, £14.
Siccar Point is world-famous as the most important site described by James Hutton in support of his world-changing ideas on the origin and age of the Earth, and it remains now much the same as when Hutton visited in 1788. The junction between the older, tilted layers of greywacke sandstone and the younger Old Red Sandstone is clearly visible, allowing us to work out the story of the formation of these rocks, and by approaching from up the coast as Hutton did we can see Siccar Point in the context of the surrounding area.
A varied walk of about 5km (one way) along the coastal path from Cove to Siccar Point, which lies at the foot of a steep grassy slope; it is not essential to descend all the way down the slope to see the key features. I have classified this as an Easy Walk, but with an adventurous addition of descending to the Point, which is only possible if the weather conditions are right. It may be wet, windy or cold. Come equipped with strong footwear and waterproof clothing.
At the Siccar Point car park on the minor road leading to Drysdales vegetable factory, Old Cambus Quarry TD13 5YS, Grid reference NT805705. From the A1 south of Cockburnspath take the A1107 towards Coldingham. After 1km this goes over a narrow (single track) stone bridge over Pease Dean. 400m past the bridge, turn left (signposted Pease Bay). After another 400m ignore the second sign for Pease Bay and keep straight on (past the sign for Drysdales). The narrow road winds through a shallow valley, look out for the parking area on the left about 100m before the entrance to the Drysdales site.
OR Meet at the car park in Cove village at 10.15 am. Grid reference NT 780 717. This is the actual start point of the walk, but if you meet here you are not guaranteed a lift back at the end of the walk (it is not far to walk though on a quiet road).
Route map: www.plotaroute.com/route/475102