Friends of the North Pennines Open Day – Saturday 15 June 2019
The Friends of the North Pennines (FOTNP) charity was launched in 2011. It was created for people who are passionate about looking after and celebrating the special qualities of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and UNESCO Global Geopark.
Eight years on and the charity has achieved a lot, including a major restoration project at Dukesfield Mill, raising half a million pounds from BIFFA for Peatland Restoration, running Donate-a-Gate (a successful ongoing project to make our countryside more accessible), and organising three walking festivals. The FOTNP also supports other smaller groups through our Group Membership and website hosting, and continues to raise and administer funds for project work.
Members and supporters are the FOTNP’s most vital asset. This is why we’re having an Open Day on Saturday 15th June 2019 (10.00 – 14.30), based in and around Nenthead, for all those interested in the work of the FOTNP. The Open Day is a chance for you to come and meet other members and supporters, including the current board, learn about some of the projects taking place in the North Pennines, and have your say on what the FOTNP should be doing. We want to hear what is important to you and what you think the FOTNP should focus on in the next few years. We also need to expand our membership and board to ensure the longevity of the FOTNP. If you’d like to become more involved, the Open Day will provide an opportunity for you to discuss how you can do this.
The Open Day will include a short trip over to Carrshield in the West Allen Valley to see a community-run Camping Barn which has been created in the recently restored mine shop at Barney Craig and a tour of the newly restored Nenthead Chapel. On our return to Nenthead, there will be chance for members and supporters to have their say and help set the future direction of the FOTNP. We will also be announcing the winner of the annual Friends of the North Pennines Volunteer Award (nomination form and further details here). Lunch will be provided, along with time to chat informally to other FOTNP members and supporters and the board.
All are welcome (you don’t need to be a paid-up FOTNP member to attend). Please arrive at Nenthead Chapel by 10.00 on Saturday 15 June. We would be grateful if some of you would be prepared to share cars over the top to Carrshield and back. A vegetarian lunch will be served at ~13.00 and the Open Day will end at ~14.30.
So we have some idea of lunch numbers, please register attendance via Eventbrite by 7 June 2019. If you have any other questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Walking in the North Pennines
This year we are joining forces with our friends Middleton in Teesdale Walkers are Welcome. If you would like more information on organised walks please contact Nick Long at email@example.com
Walking Isaac’s Tea Trail
Why not take a look at Anne Leuchar’s informative and amusing blog: the short-distance approach to walking a long-distance footpath.
There’s more information about Isaac’s Tea Trail at http://isaacs-tea-trail.co.uk/. This is a new website, still under development, but already has lots of useful details. Also see http://www.allenvalleys.com/isaacs-tea-trail/. Follow Anne on twitter @isaacsfootsteps.
Weardale Wildlife Group
The latest 2019 programme is attached, events are open to non members for a small charge.
Membership: membership of Weardale Wildlife Group runs January to December but you can join at any point in the year.
Past 2019 events
World Curlew Day Walk – 22 April
Please join other members and supporters of the Friends of the North Pennines to walk off those Easter Eggs on a four-mile circular walk in the East Allen Valley to mark World Curlew Day. The route follows Isaac’s Tea Trail and an old packhorse route across Allendale Common, a favourite nesting area for curlews and other waders, before dropping down across pasture fields to reach the riverbank. The return route is alongside the river and through the former lead mining hamlet of Sipton.
It’s an undulating route, but the ascents and descents are quite short. Underfoot the walk follows a stony track and uses footpaths which could be muddy. A few wooden stiles and a short flight of wooden steps will be encountered.
World Curlew Day is April 21st, but as it falls on Easter Sunday this year we’ll be marking it on April 22nd. It’s supported by major environmental organisations to raise awareness of the dramatic declines in curlew populations over recent decades. The British Trust for Ornithology reports that the species is the UK’s most important bird conservation priority, and the RSPB talks of curlews being in crisis. The North Pennines AONB is one of the last strongholds of the Eurasian Curlew.
The walk will be led by Anne Leuchars who writes a blog about Isaac’s Tea Trail as a voluntary project for the North Pennines AONB Partnership.
We shall stop for a short break on the walk so please bring a drink/snack or even an Easter egg!
We propose to meet at the Forge in Allendale at 10.30am where you will be met by our walk leader Anne Leuchars, we shall leave at 11am to make our way to the start of the walk which is about 5 minutes drive out of Allendale at Old Man Bottom ford grid reference NY842510. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org should you wish to join us.