News

Coach travel
Because of the rise in Covid cases, Ian has requested that until further notice everyone wears a face covering on the coach.

Our next walk
Is at Windermere on the 28th of May, led by Dave and Carol. Walk details will be posted when available.

Our last walk
Was at Kirkby Lonsdale on the 14th of May. Reports from Dave and Simon are here.

30th of April walk
Was at Sizergh on the 30th April, led by Julie. A report from Simon is here.

16th of April walk
Was at East Marton, and was a circular walk of approx. 6 miles starting at East Marton, just a couple of miles into North Yorkshire. We stopped at Abbotts Landing café/restaurant which is very close to the Cross Keys pub (which has been closed for about 2 years, a victim of Covid no doubt) and then we joined the towpath of the Leeds–Liverpool canal* for a short distance before moving onto a section of the Pennine Way, crossing lush green pastures and a gradual ascent on the shoulder of Scaleber Hill* and then going down into Gargrave village. Leaving Gargrave we rejoined the canal, heading for numerous locks at Bank Newton, and then down in a southerly direction on quiet country lanes, joining the towpath once more to bring us back to our starting point for a relaxing drink etc!!
*Scaleber Hill is a Drumlin, a small hill or mound of rock, earth and debris from the Glacial era, and they are numerous in this area.
*The Leeds-Liverpool canal was dug out in this area around 1795 but only fully opened in 1816.
Chris Wareing.

Thai New Year
A reminder from Pan that we all are invited to the Thai New Year celebrations (Songkran Festival) at Staining Village Hall (FY3 0DD) on Sunday 3rd of April from 10am onward where the Thai Buddhist monks will be chanting in Pali. At about 11:30 we will offer food to the monks, and we can all enjoy the Thai buffet afterwards. If you bring your own dish (plastic box with lid) and cutlery that will help to reduce any waste. Tea, coffee and water will be provided. After eating we will have opportunity to pay respects to the monks and get blessings for happiness in the New Year to come. There will be a tombola and a raffle, and donations to support the Thai Temple will be much appreciated. Hope to see you all there 🎉🎉🎉

2nd of April walk
Was at Levens, led by Julie.

Buffet Lecture
The Buffet Lecture by Phil Hodson and Alan Storey (who couldn’t make it), multi-award winning nature photographers from Poulton Photographic Society, covering “Photography in The COVID Years” was very informative and enjoyable, and highlighted the patience needed when photographing wildlife. You can see examples of their work here. It was followed by a hot pot supper and a raffle.

19th of March walk
Was from Morecambe to Hest Bank. Unfortunately, due to a communication mix up, our refreshment stop had to be changed but things didn’t work out. The walk started on Morecambe promenade at Happy Mount Park. Crossing fields and railway lines we arrived at the Lancaster Canal tow path which is elevated, and had good views of Morecambe Bay. We left the canal and had lunch at a picnic site, after which we dropped down to cross the main road. After a short walk, and crossing the railway line again, we came to the shore of Morecambe Bay where we saw a few waders. While crossing fields we passed the Cockle Pickers Memorial and then went down onto the shore path. It was a pleasant walk from there to Hest Bank, and at the end there was a cafe and also a small bar which served hot drinks. This is where we were picked up by Ian. It was an easy going walk, just short of 6 miles. Thank you Carole.

Last Wednesday’s presentation
As always Mike’s talk on the Geology of Britain’s Natural Parks was interesting, informative and humorous, presented with the right amount of depth for the intended audience (I think he said he dumbed it down!). Most of us could remember some of the huge amount of information because of his presentation method, and his encouragement of audience participation. Mike is a speaker not to be missed, and I encourage everyone to attend his lectures, the next one being on the 12th of October on the subject of Climate Change as viewed by a Geologist.
Simon, webmaster

5th of March walk
Was at Bleasdale, where 22 members turned up on a sunny but cold day for this popular 6 mile walk.
Simon’s report is here.

19th of February walk
Was from Lancaster to Brookhouse. We had our coffee stop at Sainsbury’s in Lancaster before joining the disused railway track. We then followed the River Lune up stream towards Brookhouse. On reaching Brookhouse we met the coach for the journey home. It can be a pleasant flat walk with good views, but on the day was, unfortunately, cold and wet with rain turning to sleet and then snow. The walk was just short of 6 miles, but easy going.

Marton and Stanley Park walk
About a dozen hardy souls braved the weather for a walk starting from the Village Hotel, walking round Heron’s Reach area and through Stanley Park, before making our way back to the Village Hotel car park. Thank you Jean for leading.

Wednesday Evening Presentations, Parking Restrictions
The parking situation at Forest Gate Baptist Church has changed since last year so it important that you are aware of the new rules. There are only three spaces available for us in the car park and the three who have parked must enter their details into the tablet on the right hand side as you enter the building. Failure to do so may result in a £100 fine.

North Western Naturalists’ Union
We are an affiliated club and normally receive a printed copy of their twice yearly booklet. However they have now started to produce their quite detailed booklet in pdf form. This link will open it in a new window, and there is a link to their website on our Links page.

Lily Crawford
For those who may not be aware, Lily passed away recently (click here for more details and to leave a comment if you wish).

Colin Rogers
For those who may not be aware, Colin passed away recently (click here for more details and to leave a comment if you wish).

Bill Taylor
For those who may not be aware, Bill passed away on 13th April (click here for more details and to leave a comment if you wish).

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