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  
JANUARY 2018      
THURSDAY 18TH JANUARY

SILLOTH WEST 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 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.

1.30pm - 3.30pm

This is an afternoon event to avoid the morning's high tide.
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 27TH JANUARY

MAWBRAY BEACH CLEAN

Joint event  with John Gorrill and the University of Cumbria Student Union.

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 is a joint event with John Gorrill and the University of Cumbria Student Union, 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 

 

 

 FEBRUARY 2018

     
 THURSDAY 1ST FEBRUARY 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.

1.30pm - 3.30pm

This is an afternoon event to avoid high tide at midday.
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 10TH FEBRUARY

ALLONBY NORTH BEACH

Event organised by John Gorrill

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

This is the northern shore of the Allonby Bay Marine Conservation Zone which stretches from Maryport to Dubmill Point.
Please meet/park in the free northern car park beside B5300 coast road, just within the 30mph zone.

1.30pm - 3.30pm

This is an afternoon event to avoid the morning's high tide.
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 15TH FEBRUARY

WOLSTY BANKS

 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 beside the B5300 coast road about 2 miles south of Silloth, marked with a brown 'Welcome' sign before you reach Beckfoot.

1.30pm - 3.30pm

This is an afternoon event to avoid the morning's high tide.
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 22ND FEBRUARY SILLOTH WEST 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 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 

 
MARCH 2018      
SATURDAY 3RD MARCH 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.

 

This is the southern shore of the Allonby Bay Marine Conversation Zone.
Crosscanonby beach, off B5300 coast road signposted Milefortlet 21.
Meet/park beside the minor road to Crosscanonby village.

1.30pm - 3.30pm

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 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 10TH MARCH

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 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 13TH MARCH

ALLONBY SOUTH BEACH

Joint event with Allonby Parish Council and 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 beside the B5300 coast road opposite the large church.

10am - 12pm

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

This is a joint event with 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 

 
SATURDAY 24TH MARCH

BOWNESS ON SOLWAY

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 on the coast road at the east end of the village close to
Shore Gate House B & B.

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 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 

 

 
 THURSDAY 29TH MARCH

SILLOTH WEST BEACH

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 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.

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

 
SATURDAY 7TH APRIL

 ALLONBY NORTH BEACH

Event organised by John Gorrill

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

This is the northern shore of the Allonby Bay Marine Conservation Zone which stretches from Maryport to Dubmill Point.
Please meet/park in the free northern car park beside B5300 coast road, just within the 30mph zone.

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 

 
TUESDAY 10TH APRIL

ALLONBY SOUTH BEACH

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 beside the B5300 coast road opposite the large church.

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 14TH APRIL 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.

 

 
This is the southern shore of the Allonby Bay Marine Conversation Zone.
Crosscanonby beach, off B5300 coast road signposted Milefortlet 21.
Meet/park beside the minor road to Crosscanonby village.

1.30pm - 3.30pm

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 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 

 
     

 

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