Tuesday 1 May, 7pm Hermitage of Braid and Blackford Hill
Explore the beautiful wooded glen of the Hermitage and an exciting story of volcanic eruptions, grinding ice sheets and torrents of melt water that created today's landscape. Evening walk, 2 hours, £7, under 18s free.
Organised in partnership with Angus Miller of Geowalks.
Volcanoes erupted here around 400 million years ago - explosive, dangerous, silica-rich strato-volcanoes of the kind found nowadays around the rim of the Pacific Ocean. The rocks formed by volcanic activity have been altered, eroded and covered over since then, but enough remains to give a faint echo of thier impressive beginnings. There is also ample evidence of how important moving ice and water were in shaping the hill and the surrounding area, and we will visit the famous site of Agassiz rock, where in 1840 Louis Aggassiz found evidence that Scotland's landscape was shaped by ice erosion.
A short walk on good paths through the Hermitage and up Blackford Hill, total distance about 4.5 km. We'll follow the Braid Burn through the Hermitage, then climb up and over the top of the hill and back to the start point. This is classified as an Easy Walk: on paths, which may be rough or slippery underfoot at times. It may be wet, windy or cold. Come equipped with strong footwear and waterproof clothing.
Meet outside the Lodge Coffee House EH10 6JF, at the Braid Road entrance to the Hermitage of Braid (Grid reference NT244702).