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  • Almost Forgotten

    An evening talk bChris Davies on the Aviation accidents in the Cheviot Hills. (Free for Hostel Residents)
    Guided Walk by Reiver Guiding of the sites (£15pp)
    2nd June – 3rd June 2018
    Chris Davies has agreed to come along to the Wooler Youth Hostel on the 2nd June at 7:30pm and give a talk on the events leading up to these tragic accidents and also what happened in the aftermath. 
    The next Day (Sunday 3rd June) Reiver Guiding (Based at the Hostel) in conjunction with Lone Tree Hill Outdoor experience will be hosting a guided walk (approx. 10 miles) to visit these sites on the Cheviot.

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  • Group Discounts

    Wooler is an ideal base for those looking for good value, comfortable accommodation with easy access to walking, cycling and outdoor sporting activities and events. North Northumberland and the Cheviots are fast becoming one of the most popular places in the UK for outdoor events, and we already host two trail races, Trail Outlaws Wooler Trail Marathon and the 63 year old Chevy Chase. Please contact us to find out what we can do for you.  Group discounts are available.



Exploring Geology at Wooler

Wooler is one of the most exciting locations from which to explore geological concepts and practice from Key Stage 1 through to university study and beyond.

Sitting on the boundary between the volcanic rocks that underlie the Cheviot Hills and the fascinating sequence of Carboniferous rocks which stretch along the coast in Northumberland, Wooler provides the perfect access to a natural laboratory of rocks. From a basic understanding of rock types, through to the complex structural controls within which this landscape developed, there are an exciting range of geological topics to explore for geologists of all abilities.

We find no vestige of a beginning, no prospect of an end.

James Hutton, one of the founding fathers of geology whose observations at Siccar Point (within easy travelling distance from Wooler) led to the understanding of deep geological time.

As Professor Harold Reading, the renowned sedimentologist, explained to his undergraduates; a geologist is only as good as the number of rocks s/he has seen. In the Cheviot it is possible to explore the suite of rocks that make up both the plutonic and volcanic elements within the stub of an ancient volcanic complex formed in the aftermath of continental collision. The sequence of Carboniferous sediments, which developed in the troughs structurally controlled by the volcanic edifice, offer a fascinating range of marine and fluviatile sediments containing a wide range of fossils at a time when the land had only just been colonised by tetrapods. There is also easy access to Silurian and Devonian rock which speak eloquently of the first union of England and Scotland in the Caledonian orogeny.

Information and images with thanks to Dr Ian Kille of Northumbrian Earth.

Explorin Geology At Wooler