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  

OCTOBER 2017

     
 THURSDAY  12TH OCTOBER

SILLOTH WEST BEACH
Event organised by John Gorrill

Please meet at the West Beach car park which is reached via a concrete road that passes Silloth Golf Club and leads straight on over yellow speed bumps to the West beach.

10am - 12pm

All tools and equipment will be supplied. Please wear suitable clothing. Wellies and waterproofs advisable.

This event has been organised by John Gorrill and 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 28TH OCTOBER

BOWNESS ON SOLWAY BEACH 
Joint event organised by John Gorrill & the Local Community Group

Please meet beside the Shore Gate House B&B at the east end of the village.  Parking is on the inland side of the coast road being careful not to block driveways.  

10am - 12pm

All tools and equipment will be supplied. Please wear suitable clothing. Wellies and waterproofs advisable.

This event has been organised by John Gorrill and the Local Community Group and not Solway Coast AONB.
For further details contact John on tel: 016974 77092 or email nicholasjohng@yahoo.co.uk 

 
 NOVEMBER 2017      
SATURDAY 4TH NOVEMBER

CROSSCANONBY BEACH CLEAN 

Event organised by John Gorrill

Please meet/park beside the minor road to Crosscanonby village from B5300 coast road, signposted Mile Fortlet 21 one mile north of Maryport

1.30pm - 3.30pm

All tools and equipment will be supplied. Please wear suitable clothing. Wellies and waterproofs advisable.

This event has been organised by John Gorrill and 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 

 

 
TUESDAY 14TH NOVEMBER

ALLONBY BEACH CLEAN

Joint event organised by John Gorrill & Allonby Parish Council

Please meet/park in the free car park at the south end of Allonby beside B5300 coast road, opposite the church.

10am - 12pm

All tools and equipment will be supplied. Please wear suitable clothing. Wellies and waterproofs advisable.

This event has been organised by John Gorrill and Allonby Parish Council 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 30TH NOVEMBER

SILLOTH WEST BEACH CLEAN

Event organised by John Gorrill

Please meet/park at the West Beach car park which is reached via a concrete road that passes Silloth Golf Club and leads straight on over yellow speed bumps to the West beach.

10am - 12pm

All tools and equipment will be supplied. Please wear suitable clothing. Wellies and waterproofs advisable.

This event has been organised by John Gorrill and 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 

 
 DECEMBER 2017      
 SATURDAY 9TH DECEMBER

MAWBRAY 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 at Mawbray banks, off the B5300 coast road. The free car park can be found down the track opposite Mawbray village.

10am - 12pm

All tools and equipment will be supplied. Please wear suitable clothing. Wellies and waterproofs advisable. Dogs 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 14TH DECEMBER

CROSSCANONBY 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.

 

 

 

 

 

Crosscanonby beach, off B5300 coast road signposted Milefortlet 21.
Meet/park beside the minor road to Crosscanonby village.

10am - 12pm

All tools and equipment will be supplied. Please wear suitable clothing. Wellies and waterproofs advisable. Dogs 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 30TH DECEMBER

CROSSCANONBY 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

 

 

 

 

 

Crosscanonby beach, off B5300 coast road signposted Milefortlet 21.
Meet/park beside the minor road to Crosscanonby village.

10am - 12pm

All tools and equipment will be supplied. Please wear suitable clothing. Wellies and waterproofs advisable. Dogs 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 

 
   

 

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.

PLEASE ALSO 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: 01697 333055 or email info@solwaycoastaonb.org.uk

 

 

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  

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.