Siccar PointThe promontory of Siccar Point is on a rocky and wild coastline just a few miles south of Dunbar, and is described as the most important geological site in the world. The site demonstrates an unconformity between two sets of sedimentary strata and was used by James Hutton to support his world-shaking ideas of geological time and natural processes. We will visit Old Red Sandstone exposures at Pease Bay before walking out to Siccar Point over a grassy field.

Aimed at new EGS members but open to all.

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Excursion title:

Introductory Excursion: Siccar Point

Date & time:

Saturday 8 September, 10 am

Finish time:

2 pm

Leaders:

Angus Miller and EGS Council Members

Excursion aims and description:

Siccar Point, described as the most important geological site in the world, demonstrates an unconformity between two sets of sedimentary strata and was used by James Hutton to support his world-shaking ideas of geological time and natural processes.

We will visit Old Red Sandstone exposures at Pease Bay before walking out to Siccar Point over a grassy field. This introductory excursion is aimed at new EGS members but it is open to all.

Transport:

Minibus

Meeting point:

Waterloo Place

Coach route:

A1 to Cockburnspath, park at Pease Bay

Extra pick-up points:

Milton Road, near junction with Park Avenue.

First locality:

Car park at the entrance to the Pease Bay Holiday Park, Cockburnspath TD13 5YP.

Excursion route:

Walk along Pease Bay to exposures at the west end of the beach. Walk from Siccar Point car park to Siccar Point.

Terrain, walking distance, height gain:

Rough paths and grassy fields.

Specific or Medium- / High-Risk Hazards:

Steep grassy slope above Siccar Point, which can be muddy and dangerous when wet.

Control measures required to mitigate against any Hazards referred to above:

Participants should only descend to Siccar Point if they are physically fit, properly equipped with walking boots and the conditions are suitable: dry grass, not windy.

Hard hats or Hi-viz clothing needed:

No

May dogs be brought on the excursion?

No

Toilet information:

Toilets and shop at Pease Bay.

Geological map sheet:

Eyemouth S34

OS map sheet:

67 Duns, Dunbar, Eyemouth

References:

Lothian Geology – an Excursion Guide (Edinburgh Geological Society, 1996), pp 146-151.

Siccar Point leaflet published by Lothian and Borders GeoConservation, 2015 – https://www.edinburghgeolsoc.org/publications/geoconservation-leaflets/

Route map – https://www.plotaroute.com/routecollection/363