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  
 MAY 2018      
 SATURDAY 5TH MAY

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  

 
 TUESDAY 8TH MAY

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 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 19TH MAY

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  

 
JUNE 2018      
SATURDAY 16TH JUNE  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.

10.00am - 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 21ST JUNE

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 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  

 
THURSDAY 28TH JUNE

CROSSCANONBY CARR NATURE RESERVE

 

 

AONB Volunteer Work Party

10am - 3.30pm

Key tasks for the day:

  • Building up woodland path to reduce flooding
  • Path repairs
  • Boardwalk repairs

This is an AONB event and all tools will be provided.
Please bring a packed lunch and refreshments. 
Wear appropriate clothing and any other items you may need i.e sun cream.

Any queries please contact the AONB office tel: 016973 33055

 
SATURDAY 30TH JUNE

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  

 
 JULY 2018      
SATURDAY 14TH JULY

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 17TH JULY

CUMBRIA BIODIVERSITY DATA CENTRE

A CLOSER LOOK AT THE PLANTS OF SILLOTH

 

Making your recording count!

10am-3 pm

This session will be recording plants at the north end of Silloth promenade as part of the National Plant Monitoring Scheme.

For further details and contact information go to http://www.cbdc.org.uk/get-involved/solway-nature-networks/  

 

 
 SATURDAY 21ST JULY

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

 

South of Allonby, in the front yard beside B5300 coast road.

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  

 
 SUNDAY 22ND JULY

WEDHOLME FLOW BOG TROT

Wedholme Flow National Nature Reserve

Event organised by Natural England BogLIFE

Put on your wellies and join National Bog Day for a boggy exploration!
You will be shown how the bog is being brought back to life with recent restoration work and also take a look at the wonderful specialist bog wildlife.

Free event - no need to book.
10.30am - 12.30pm

Meet at NNR car park on the Wigton to Kirkbride Road, approx. 2 miles south of Kirkbride. Grid ref: NY237538.
Children and dogs on leads welcome but due to ground conditions, the event is unsuitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.

Wellies or waterproof boots and suitable clothing for the weather. Drinks and sun cream if it's hot. There are no facilities on site.

Please note this event has been organised by Natural England Bog LIFE not Solway Coast AONB.
For more info:
Tel: Keeley Spate 07881 255 343
Email: cumbria.boglife@naturalengland.org.uk 

 
TUESDAY 24TH JULY

AONB VOLUNTEER WORK PARTY

Crosscanonby Carr Nature Reserve

 

10am - 3.30pm

Key tasks at Crosscanonby;

  • Building up path to reduce flooding
  • Repairs to other sections of the path
  • Repairs to boardwalk

Key tasks at Beckfoot/Mawbray;

  • Repairs to dune access boardwalks and fencing 

Join us for the full day or as long as you can make it.
Please wear suitable clothing and bring a packed lunch and drink.

For further information or to confirm your attendance please contact Chris Spencer
email: info@solwaycoastaonb.org.uk or ring 016973 33055

 
THURSDAY 26TH JULY

MAWBRAY 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 car park off the B5300 coast road opposite Mawbray Village.

1.30 - 3.30pm

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  

 
       

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