Hedgehope Hill

A visit to Hedgehope Hill confirms that the upper Dunmoor Burn contains a very fine-grained granophyric rock. We have provisionally classified this as ‘Evolved’ granite but have since become increasingly doubtful whether it is really part of the same intrusion as the evolved granophyre on the upper slopes of the Cheviot, and whether it really does form part of a ring dyke as Al-Hafdh suggested. Exposure is too limited in the upper Dunmoor Burn to draw definite conclusions.
About 100m below the summit of Hedgehope Hill, the track crosses a large boulder field which is probably the result of periglacial activity. The great majority of these boulders belong to the coarse porphyritic type which Al-Hafdh named ‘Standrop granodiorite’. The summit of Hedgehope has a medium to fine-grained pink rock which is similar to that of Dunmoor Hill. Many samples from the summit show evidence of significant hydrothermal alteration.
Returning via the north side of Hedgehope Hill towards the Harthope valley, we find more of the coarse-grained ‘Standrop’ rock but, after much searching, fail to find the chilled margin between the finer and coarser varieties that Al-Hafdh says is visible there. The one example of really fine-grained rock chilled against the courser rock turns out to be another felsite or aplite dyke.