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North Berwick Law, North Berwick

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North Berwick Law, also known simply as Berwick Law, is a conical hill which rises conspicuously from the surrounding landscape (this is the definition of the Lowland Scots word "law"). It overlooks the East Lothian town of North Berwick and stands at 613 ft (187 m) above sea level.Geologically, the law is a volcanic plug of hard phonolitic trachyte rock of Carboniferous (Dinantian) age. It has survived the scraping glaciers of the ice age. It is a crag and tail with a prominent tail extending eastwards.The summit bears remnants of an Iron Age hill fort, and the ruins of later military buildings that were once used by lookouts in both the Napoleonic Wars, and in World War II.The famous whale's jawbone collapsed in June 2005 after rotting away, and was removed by helicopter, much to the surprise of North Berwick residents. A jawbone has stood there since 1709, the last one having been there since 1933.On 26 June 2008, a fibreglass replica whale bone, the same size as the one that was removed in 2005, was airlifted into place to give North Berwick Law back its famous landmark. The funding for the replica was donated by an anonymous friend of North Berwick.
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  • If you get a clear sunny day in North Berwick and are up for something energetic then climbing Berwick Law is fun and you really only need to put aside a maximum of a couple of hours for the up and do...  more »
  • After a great weekend staying in North Berwick with the family we decided to finish our trip with a walk to the top of the Law. The car park is a busy place so had to squeeze car in. The paths to the ...  more »
  • Good half day trip which included 1 hour climb up and down to the law . Also good walk along the beach  more »

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