Curlew Walk – 22 April 2019

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.

Meet at the Forge in Allendale for 10.30am and we will leave at 11am in cars to go to the start of the walk at Old Man Bottom. Alternatively if people want to meet us at the parking area beside the ford, the grid ref is NY842510.

We shall stop for a short break on the walk so please bring a drink/snack or even an Easter egg!

Register via Eventbrite or just turn up on the day!