Goat Crag

On the same day, a short climb through the bracken led to a fell sandstone crag with interesting carvings above a neolithic rock shelter.

goats

The Crag itself is of Fell Sandstone as are many in Northumberland. The sandstone is characterized by massive, pale grey and white, fine to medium or coarse grained, poorly sorted sandstones. However, it also contains sporadic beds of grey, blocky to crumbly, non-calcareous mudstone that are up to 10 m thick, and occasional beds of dark grey, pyritic, carbonaceous mudstone. (From BGS website.)

fell

This natural pattern below caught the eye showing similarity to rock carving shapes.

parrern

In places erosion has left impressive gulleys in the softer rock.

rock-chimney

This lichen could be Catillaria chalybeia? or a  Micaria?

lichen

Plants included Tormentil, White Corydalis (Corydalic ochroleuca) and Small Nettle (Urtica urens) below

nettle-small

This curious sheep was in a field at Roughting Linn Farm. It was eating the seeds of the tall plant beside it with relish. I failed to gather a sample but think it was Sheep’s  Sorrel (Rumex acetosella).

sheep

This was the view from the farm track of the cheviot hills.

cheviot-view

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