About Us

Our next walk is on Saturday 11th January 2020 at Marton Mere.

Welcome to our website. We are a social and friendly group of people from The Fylde area of Lancashire who have a programme of events throughout the year, consisting of Saturday coach walks, mid-week outings in the summer and a series of lectures by guest speakers in the winter months.

Walking is a good form of exercise and a good way to stay healthy. Our walks aren’t too strenuous; they are around 6 miles long and suitable for most people. Uphill sections do occur but they aren’t too steep or long. You ascend at your own pace and no-one gets left behind. The walks are a happy mix of exercise, a picnic, a social get together, and fresh air (and sometimes a little rain or mud).

The coach picks up at various points (details here) starting in Lytham and making its way through St. Annes, Blackpool and Layton, before arriving at Poulton. The cost is between £10 and £12 depending on the destination. We have a refreshment break either en route or at the start of the walk. You will need to bring some sort of packed lunch and a drink.

The pace is moderate, and there are usually some people on the walk who can point out and identify flora and fauna along the way. If you have the urge to forge ahead of the leader on the walks, please ask their permission to do so.

Walks finish about 3ish with time for toilets or refreshments before the return journey. Some have a further wander, some settle down in a cafe or pub, and we usually set off for home about 4pm. The coach returns to the first pick up point around 5pm.

Walkers need suitable, robust footwear. Regulars use walking boots or shoes, as these give a bit more protection from potential twists or sprains and the (sometimes) muddy parts of the walk. Walkers should make some provision for the occasional inclement weather we sometimes encounter, and have waterproofs with them.

We have walks by coach every two weeks from March to October and monthly in November and February. For those interested in Natural History there is usually expert knowledge at hand, all you need do is ask.

During the Winter months we sometimes have one or two local Saturday walks, where members come in their own cars. At the end of this season they are in November, January and February.

For those especially interested in Natural History the mid-week outings (own transport) from May through to October concentrate more on this with visits to Nature Reserves for Flowers, Dragonflies, Birds and Butterflies. It may help your enjoyment if you provide yourself with a set of Field Guides on Flowers, Birds, Fungi and Butterflies.

Lectures are held monthly on the 2nd Wednesday evening of the month from September until March with an evening in December devoted to a Jacobs Join, when members are encouraged to bring along images they have taken through the year.

Some Members are more dedicated than others. Many have memberships with other organisations such as RSPB, Lancashire/Cumbria Wildlife Trusts, Wild Flower Society, Alpine Garden Society, Fylde Bird Club, The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Butterfly Conservation and the British Dragonfly Society.

Why not come along on a couple of outings to see if you like us before joining? Annual Membership is £10.
If you would like to try a walk or want more details,
please phone Carole Thaw on 01253 316713,
or email her at carolethaw001@gmail.com

Click here for our Programme,
click here for Information about our meetings and events,
click here for the latest news,
and click here for reports from our recent outings.
If you’d like to contact us, please use the form on the Contact Us page.

The Fylde Naturalists’ Walking Group is affiliated to the Lancashire Wildlife Trust
and the North Western Naturalists’ Union

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