Quarries of Coquetdale
Tue 26th June 2012
Around Rothbury there are the remains of a number of old Quarries, all with different stone, which have played an important part in the development of the area. This walk aimed to look in much more details at these.
After a short transfer the first stop of the day at Caiston Quarry, an old sand and gravel quarry. The modern operation commenced production in July 1956, although there had been a very small production unit under previous ownership situated further upstream. The old wet pits left after extraction were to be restored into a nature reserve.
From there we crossed the valley floor over to Tosson to look at the Limestone Quarry that created the essential stone for the Lime Kiln, which helped transform the agricultural land in the area.
On our way back to Rothbury the last stop will be just on the edge of the village, at the old Sandstone quarry, which many of the original houses were built out of.
A great walk.