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, even joining in with hedgelaying training, 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. This is demonstrated at our Annual North Cumberland Style Hedgelaying Competition in February.

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  
MONDAY 29TH FEBRUARY

 LITTER PICK AT SALTPANS

Meet at Crosscanonby Carr Reserve Car Park at 10.30am (off the B5300 near turn off for Crosscanonby) to pick litter along the beach from Saltpans. All tools will be provided but please wear suitable clothing and bring a packed lunch

 

 MARCH 2016  

 

 

 

FRIDAY 4TH MARCH

 

FENCE REPAIR CROSSCANONBY CARR RESERVE

We will be repairing the post and rail fence at the back entrance to the reserve. Please meet at the Reserve at 10.30am. All tools will be provided but please bring a packed lunch and wear suitable clothing.

 

THURSDAY 10TH MARCH

 

 LITTER PICK FROM WOLSTY TO SILLOTH

Meet at Wolsty Road End Car Park at 10.30am (opposite the sign to Wolsty on the B5300) to pick litter along the beach from Wolsty wards Silloth. All tools will be provided but please wear suitable clothing and bring a packed lunch.

 

 FRIDAY 18TH MARCH

 

GORSE BURNING AT MAWBRAY BANKS

 We will be burning gorse that has been cut previously and removing some down to the beach as dune front stabiliser. Please wear suitable clothing and bring a packed lunch. Meet at Mawbray Yard Car Park at 10.30am.  

TUESDAY 22ND MARCH

 

 CIRCULAR WALK GRUNE POINT

 Come along and enjoy a bracing walk around Grune Point. Hopefully there could be plenty of birdlife to see so bring your binoculars. Please wear suitable clothing and bring a packed lunch. Meet at the Discovery Centre at 10.15am.

 

 

APRIL 2016

   

 

 TUESDAY 5TH APRIL  LITTER PICK MAWBRAY BANKS  As part of our regular beach cleans, we will meet at Mawbray Yard Car Park at 10.30am (seaward side off the B5300) to litter pick along the beach towards Beckfoot. All tools will be provided but please wear suitable clothing and bring a packed lunch. 

 

 

 FRIDAY 15TH APRIL  GENERAL MAINTENANCE CROSSCANONBY CARR RESERVE  As part of our ongoing management of this Reserve we will be carrying out routine maintenance of the footpaths, boardwalks and woodland areas. Please meet on site at 10.30am or on the beach front Car Park on the B5300. All tools will be provided, please bring a packed lunch and suitable clothing

 

FRIDAY 22ND APRIL

GUIDED HISTORY WALK; PORT CARLISLE TO BOWNESS-ON-SOLWAY

Come along and learn a little about the interesting history of this area as you stroll along. The walk is about 2-3 hours, includes some road walking and some ground is uneven. Meet outside the Bowling Club at Port Carlisle at 10.30 am. Please wear suitable clothing, footwear and bring a packed lunch.

 

 

 

   

NB: AONB Officers and those who lead walks and activities on their behalf cannot accept any responsibility for any injuries or losses incurred by or on behalf of the AONB.

PLEASEALSO NOTE THAT WALKS WILL ONLY TAKE PLACE IF THREE OR MORE PEOPLE ATTEND.

SO PLEASE PHONE THE DAY BEFORE THE WALK TO BOOK A PLACE.

Tel: 016973 33055 ask for Graeme Proud or email

graeme.proud@allerdale.gov.uk

 

ANN LINGARD WEBSITE

Ann Lingard, who represents 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 2016 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: graeme.proud@allerdale.gov.uk

Please also keep a look out for Projects and Events with the Solway Wetlands Partnership Scheme. There will be workdays on different sites, but also more volunteering opportunities on various projects.

To be kept up to date with these please phone: 01697 333055 or to book contact info@solwaywetlands.org.uk.