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This page gives details about upcoming walks in the Guided Walks Programme. See the About the Walks page for general information. Please do let me know if you are coming on a walk, so that I can keep you informed about any changes to these arrangements.


Saturday 1 April 2017 10am Dunbar to Barns Ness

A gentle walk along the East Lothian coast, crossing several limestone layers that are stacked with fossils and contain rich evidence of the conditions of equatorial Scotland around 330 million years ago.

Day walk, 5 hours, £14/£12 concession

THE ROCKS: The walk starts in a volcano, and after we've seen the volcanic rocks which help create Dunbar’s harbour, we will walk past layers of Devonian red sandstone which surround the volcanic vents. Further along the shore we cross a few small faults, and come to a variety of younger sedimentary rocks from the Carboniferous Period. These rocks include limestones and plenty of fossils, best seen around Barns Ness.

THE WALK: This is a moderate walk, total distance of 6km, along the coast to the east of Dunbar. For most of the way we'll be on rough paths or rocky / sandy beaches. This walk is classified as a Moderate Walk: not always on paths, may be rough or slippery underfoot at times.

MEET AT: the car park at the east end of White Sands beach, accessed from the A1087 south of Dunbar. Grid reference NT 714 772. We will leave some cars here and drive to the start point in Dunbar. Alternatively you can meet at the start point at Dunbar harbour at about 10.15am.

Route map: www.plotaroute.com/route/377712

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Sunday 30 April 2017 10am Fast Castle

Explore the steep cliffs of the Berwickshire Coast around Fast Castle. These are steeply tilted and folded rock layers, originally deposited as sand and mud on the floor of the Iapetus Ocean.

Day walk, 5 hours, £14/£12 concession

THE ROCKS: This is the best place on the east coast to see the rocks of the Southern Uplands. Layers of greywacke sandstone, originally formed on the floor of the Iapetus Ocean, have been crumpled in complex folds during the Caledonian Orogeny as the Iapetus Ocean closed. By examining these rocks in conjunction with the younger, undisturbed sedimentary rocks at Pease Bay, we get before and after snapshots of Scotland's most important geological event - and we can see why James Hutton chose this area to search for the unconformity that he found at Siccar Point.

THE WALK: This is short but strenuous walk on rough paths, grassy slopes and bouldery beach. We'll start with a quick visit to Pease Bay, which is a great contrast to the older rock and more rugged terrain to the south. Moving on by car to Dowlaw Farm, we descend to Fast Castle and then follow a rough path along the cliff tops to the shore at Dowlaw Dean, where we cut inland and complete a circuit back to the farm. Total walking distance about 6km. I have classified this as an Adventurous Walk: involving walking along rocky beaches, clambering over rocks and steep climbs. Footwear with a good tread is essential, as there are places where a simple slip would be fatal.

MEET: At the car park at the entrance to Pease Bay Caravan Park. From the roundabout on the A1, 4 km south of Torness Power Station, turn east on to the minor road signposted for Cove and Pease Bay. Follow this road past Cove, and down the hill to the caravan site. Park outside the main gates, in the car park on the right hand side. Grid reference NT 795 707. After visiting Pease Bay we'll drive a few km southeast on the A1107 and take a minor road to a car park beside Dowlaw Farm, NT 855 702. This walk is not accessible by public transport, and car sharing is encouraged. Please get in touch if you would like a lift or can offer one.

Route map: www.plotaroute.com/route/379751

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Sunday 28 May 2017 10am Gullane to Yellow Craig

A varied coastal walk, with beautiful sweeping sandy beaches, rocky headland and islands offshore. Lots of geological variety, too, including some spectacular volcanic rocks that give testament to the scale and power of the volcanic activity that helped form East Lothian.

Day walk, 5 hours, £14/£12 concession

THE ROCKS: This beautiful stretch of coast illustrates a range of sedimentary and igneous rocks, which pick out the shape of the coastline of the Firth of Forth - the softer sedimentary rocks eroded back to give us the sweeping beaches, while a range of igneous rocks give an interesting variety of headlands and islands.

THE WALK: A fairly gentle walk along the coast from Gullane to Yellow Craig, near Direlton. We'll be walking on sandy beaches with occasional stretches of rocky foreshore, which may be slippery. Total distance about 6 km. I have classified this as a Moderate Walk: not always on paths, may be rough or slippery underfoot at times. It may be wet, windy or cold. Come equipped with strong footwear and waterproof clothing.

MEET: At Yellow Craig Car Park - from Edinburgh take the A1 and A198 to North Berwick; 2 km past Gullane take the left turn into Dirleton, drive through the village and turn left for Yellow Craig. Grid reference NT 515 855. We'll leave some cars here and drive to the start of the walk at Gullane. Car sharing encouraged - get in touch if you need a lift or can offer one.

Route map: www.plotaroute.com/route/379756

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