Events

Look out for events and workdays on the website and the free publication the AONB produces, ‘The Coaster’.

In the Solway Coast AONB there is a wide range of opportunities for anyone wanting to experience interesting outdoor activities.

Volunteering is an ideal way to get out and involved and the Solway Coast Community Volunteer Group includes many individuals from schools, colleges,  groups, and locals with an interest in helping to manage this special area. Activities range from hard physical work to guided walks and the enjoyment of being part of an active and lively team.

Cycling, walking, bird watching, beach litter picks can provide healthy activities all year round.

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North Cumberland Style Hedgelaying

Hedgelaying combines craftsmanship and artistry and when you see an expert at work it provides admiration and awe.

Traditional Field Boundaries

Cumbria has about 14,000 miles of hedgerow and this provides one of the most important habitats for a wide diversity of wildlife in our countryside. The reason for laying hedges is practical and simple. Hedges make excellent barriers for livestock, but not if they are gappy and sparse. A laid hedge is nearly impenetrable and will outlive any fence with minimum maintenance.

An estimated 250,000 miles of hedgerow have been grubbed out since the 1970s, along with the wildlife that depends on them. Organisations such as the National Hedgelaying Society and enthusiastic individuals have helped to keep the art of hedgelaying alive.

Hedgelaying styles are unique to different areas of Britain, and even within a county, providing characteristic field boundaries with the North Cumberland Style being a feature of the Solway Plain landscape. It is ideally carried out from late winter to early spring before the buds burst, and a billhook is the ideal tool.


Date Venue/Project Description  
NOVEMBER 2018      
SATURDAY 3RD NOVEMBER

MAWBRAY BANKS BEACH CLEAN

Event organised by John Gorrill

Beach rubbish goes to the Hespin Wood Mechanical and Biological Treatment Plant near Carlisle where about 85% is recycled

Meet/park in the free car park off the B5300 coast road opposite Mawbray Village.

10am - 12noon

Wellies and waterproofs advisable. Children welcome with responsible adults. Dogs OK. You need walking fitness & concentration but mostly it's a great way to explore & improve our coast as part of a local group. New volunteers welcome
This event has been organised by John Gorrill not Solway Coast AONB. 
All enquiries  will be sent direct to John. 
For further details contact John on tel: 016974 77092 or email nicholasjohng@yahoo.co.uk  

 
 THURSDAY 8TH NOVEMBER

ALLONBY NORTH BEACH CLEAN

Event organised by John Gorrill

Beach rubbish goes to the Hespin Wood Mechanical and Biological Treatment Plant near Carlisle where about 85% is recycled

 

Please meet/park in the free northern car park beside B5300 coast road, just within the 30mph zone. This is an afternoon event to avoid the morning's high tide.

1.30 - 3.30pm

Wellies and waterproofs advisable. Children welcome with responsible adults. Dogs OK. You need walking fitness & concentration but mostly it's a great way to explore & improve our coast as part of a local group. New volunteers welcome
This event has been organised by John Gorrill not Solway Coast AONB. 
All enquiries  will be sent direct to John. 
For further details contact John on tel: 016974 77092 or email nicholasjohng@yahoo.co.uk 

 
SUNDAY 11TH NOVEMBER

VOLUNTEER WORK PARTY

Event organised by Solway Coast AONB

To be kept informed of volunteer opportunities please join our volunteer mailing list at http://eepurl.com/dvsHOD   
TUESDAY 13TH NOVEMBER

ALLONBY SOUTH BEACH CLEAN

Event organised by John Gorrill

Beach rubbish goes to the Hespin Wood Mechanical and Biological Treatment Plant near Carlisle where about 85% is recycled

Meet/park in Allonby's free southern car park off the B5300 coast road opposite the large church.

10am - 12noon

Wellies and waterproofs advisable. Children welcome with responsible adults. Dogs OK. You need walking fitness & concentration but mostly it's a great way to explore & improve our coast as part of a local group. New volunteers welcome
This event has been organised by John Gorrill not Solway Coast AONB. 
All enquiries  will be sent direct to John. 
For further details contact John on tel: 016974 77092 or email nicholasjohng@yahoo.co.uk 

 
SATURDAY 17TH NOVEMBER

WOLSTY BANKS BEACH CLEAN

Event organised by John Gorrill

Beach rubbish goes to the Hespin Wood Mechanical and Biological Treatment Plant near Carlisle where about 85% is recycled

 

Meet/park in the free, grassy car park with a brown Welcome sign beside the B5300 coast road south of Silloth.

10am - 12noon

Wellies and waterproofs advisable. Children welcome with responsible adults. Dogs OK. You need walking fitness & concentration but mostly it's a great way to explore & improve our coast as part of a local group. New volunteers welcome
This event has been organised by John Gorrill not Solway Coast AONB. 
All enquiries  will be sent direct to John. 
For further details contact John on tel: 016974 77092 or email nicholasjohng@yahoo.co.uk 

 
THURSDAY 22ND NOVEMBER

VOLUNTEER WORK PARTY

Event organised by Solway Coast AONB

To be kept informed of volunteer opportunities please join our volunteer mailing list at http://eepurl.com/dvsHOD   
 SATURDAY 24TH NOVEMBER BLUE DIAL BEACH,
NR ALLONBY


Event organised by John Gorrill

Beach rubbish goes to the Hespin Wood Mechanical and Biological Treatment Plant near Carlisle where about 85% is recycled

 

Meet/park in the front yard of Blue Dial Farm & Caravan Park beside the B5300 coast road 1 mile south of Allonby. This is an afternoon event to avoid the morning's high tide.

1.30 - 3.30pm

Wellies and waterproofs advisable. Children welcome with responsible adults. Dogs OK. You need walking fitness & concentration but mostly it's a great way to explore & improve our coast as part of a local group. New volunteers welcome
This event has been organised by John Gorrill not Solway Coast AONB. 
All enquiries  will be sent direct to John. 
For further details contact John on tel: 016974 77092 or email nicholasjohng@yahoo.co.uk 

 
FRIDAY 30TH NOVEMBER

REMEMBERING THE SOLWAY 2:

CHRISTMAS SOCIAL

Lindow Hall, Bowness on Solway

You are invited to the Remembering the Solway Oral History Project Christmas Social. The Solway Socials are based on different themes so pop along where you can enjoy a trip down memory lane with a nice cuppa and cake!

Theme: Christmases long ago

Time: Drop in anytime 2pm - 4.30pm

For further details please contact;

Sarah Hodgson, Project Ambassador:
Tel: 01228 576551 or by email: sarah.hodgson@outlook.com

Jean Graham, Project Ambassador:
Tel: 016973 51522 or by email at: millrigg.villa@btinternet.com

Kathleen Rook, Project Ambassador:
Tel: 016973 51537 email: leonard.rook75@btinternet.com

 

 
 DECEMBER 2018

 

   
 SATURDAY 1ST DECEMBER BOWNESS ON SOLWAY BEACH CLEAN


Event organised by John Gorrill

Beach rubbish goes to the Hespin Wood Mechanical and Biological Treatment Plant near Carlisle where about 85% is recycled

Meet/park beside the coast road at the east end of the village close to the Shore Gate House guesthouse.

10am - 12noon

Wellies and waterproofs advisable. Children welcome with responsible adults. Dogs OK. You need walking fitness & concentration but mostly it's a great way to explore & improve our coast as part of a local group. New volunteers welcome
This event has been organised by John Gorrill not Solway Coast AONB. 
All enquiries  will be sent direct to John. 
For further details contact John on tel: 016974 77092 or email nicholasjohng@yahoo.co.uk 

 
THURSDAY 6TH DECEMBER

VOLUNTEER WORK PARTY

Event organised by Solway Coast AONB

To be kept informed of volunteer opportunities please join our volunteer mailing list at http://eepurl.com/dvsHOD   
TUESDAY 11TH DECEMBER

ALLONBY SOUTH BEACH

Event organised by John Gorrill

Meet/park in Allonby's free southern car park off the B5300 coast road opposite the large church.

10am - 12noon

Wellies and waterproofs advisable. Children welcome with responsible adults. Dogs OK. You need walking fitness & concentration but mostly it's a great way to explore & improve our coast as part of a local group. New volunteers welcome
This event has been organised by John Gorrill not Solway Coast AONB. 
All enquiries  will be sent direct to John. 
For further details contact John on tel: 016974 77092 or email nicholasjohng@yahoo.co.uk 

 
SATURDAY 15TH DECEMBER

CROSSCANONBY BEACH CLEAN

Event organised by John Gorrill

Meet/park beside the minor road to Crosscanonby village off the B5300 coast road 1 mile north of Maryport.

10am - 12noon

Wellies and waterproofs advisable. Children welcome with responsible adults. Dogs OK. You need walking fitness & concentration but mostly it's a great way to explore & improve our coast as part of a local group. New volunteers welcome.
This event has been organised by John Gorrill not Solway Coast AONB. 
All enquiries  will be sent direct to John. 
For further details contact John on tel: 016974 77092 or email nicholasjohng@yahoo.co.uk   

 
THURSDAY 20TH DECEMBER

MAWBRAY BANKS BEACH CLEAN

Event organised by John Gorrill

 Meet/park in the free car park off the B5300 coast road opposite Mawbray Village.

1.30 - 3.30pm

Wellies and waterproofs advisable. Children welcome with responsible adults. Dogs OK. You need walking fitness & concentration but mostly it's a great way to explore & improve our coast as part of a local group. New volunteers welcome
This event has been organised by John Gorrill not Solway Coast AONB. 
All enquiries  will be sent direct to John. 
For further details contact John on tel: 016974 77092 or email nicholasjohng@yahoo.co.uk  

 
SATURDAY 29TH DECEMBER

ALLONBY NORTH BEACH CLEAN

Event organised by John Gorrill

Please meet/park in the free northern car park beside B5300 coast road, just within the 30mph zone.
10am - 12noon

Wellies and waterproofs advisable. Children welcome with responsible adults. Dogs OK. You need walking fitness & concentration but mostly it's a great way to explore & improve our coast as part of a local group. New volunteers welcome
This event has been organised by John Gorrill not Solway Coast AONB. 
All enquiries  will be sent direct to John. 
For further details contact John on tel: 016974 77092 or email nicholasjohng@yahoo.co.uk 

 
 
JANUARY 2019

 

   
THURSDAY 17TH JANUARY

VOLUNTEER WORK PARTY

Event organised by Solway Coast AONB 

To be kept informed of volunteer opportunities please join our volunteer mailing list at http://eepurl.com/dvsHOD   
 THURSDAY 31ST JANUARY

VOLUNTEER WORK PARTY

Event organised by Solway Coast AONB 

To be kept informed of volunteer opportunities please join our volunteer mailing list at http://eepurl.com/dvsHOD   
FEBRUARY 2019      
THURSDAY 14TH FEBRUARY

VOLUNTEER WORK PARTY

Event organised by Solway Coast AONB 

To be kept informed of volunteer opportunities please join our volunteer mailing list at http://eepurl.com/dvsHOD  
MARCH 2019      
SUNDAY 3RD MARCH

VOLUNTEER WORK PARTY

Event organised by Solway Coast AONB 

To be kept informed of volunteer opportunities please join our volunteer mailing list at http://eepurl.com/dvsHOD  
       

ANN LINGARD WEBSITE

Ann Lingard, who used to represent the AONB Volunteers on the Joint Advisory Committee, writes articles about the Solway on the website Solway Shore Stories, www.solwayshorestories.co.uk (a website set up in 2011 with help from the AONB's Sustainable Development Fund), and posts updates and other topical Solway matters on the Solway Shore-walker blog, www.solwayshorewalker.wordpress.com. Keep an eye on the website for details of her 2017 shorewalks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please Note: AONB Officers and those who lead walks and activities on their behalf cannot accept any responsibility for any injuries or losses incurred by any other person whilst taking part in any activities organised by or on behalf of the AONB.

PLEASE ALSO NOTE THAT WALKS WILL ONLY TAKE PLACE IF THREE OR MORE PEOPLE ATTEND. SO PLEASE PHONE TO BOOK A PLACE.

Tools and equipment required for work-days will be provided.

For further Details of Forthcoming Events, please phone the number below, or visit the AONB Unit, Liddell Street, Silloth, CA7 4DD, next to the Solway Coast Discovery Centre.

Phone: 01697 333055. Fax: 01697 333013.

Email: info@solwaycoastaonb.org.uk