Programme

Borders FoN Programme 2015

We aim to have a range of events throughout the year – walks, bike rides, conservation tasks, weekends away, work parties at Kirk Yetholm hostel, fundraising and community projects, museum visits, etc.

We try and support local wherever possible and use public transport when practicable

New ideas are always welcome !!

N.B. Events are regularly added or updated, so check back for more information.

Updates and short notice events: to save time, phone calls and keep everything simple we can keep you in touch if you are a regular e-mail user, useful if there is a change of date/cancellation or for example a last minute walk added. E-mail addresses will not be circulated to others. Mail us at: kirkyetholm@thefriendsofnature.org.uk

PARTICIPATION IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. ALWAYS CHECK EVENT IS HAPPENING THE DAY BEFORE

For current programme scroll down for details and contacts…

Saturday 18th April 2015

FoN AGM (York)

This year the AGM is to be held in York.  A central location served by good rail and road links and giving those not familiar with this wonderful city a chance to explore the heritage.

AGM will be held in Acomb Quaker Meeting House from 5pm to 7pm.  Full details: http://tinyurl.com/pt3oz8r  More details will be posted on the national web site http://www.thefriendsofnature.org.uk

Anyone wanting to attend please let Secretary know via 01573 420234 or info@thefriendsofnature.org.uk    

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Friday 24th April 2015

Pennine Way 50th Birthday Walk

On the 24th April 1965 the Pennine Way was officially opened and became the first long distance trail in the UK.  There are numerous events and celebrations planned this year, including a 3 part BBC documentary to be aired in the Spring.  Most things should be advertised on the National Trail site here: http://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/pennine-way 

To mark the event we are going to walk from FoN House over to Halterburn, the low level route along PW to head of College Valley and then back the high level route. All weather dependant, but the route means great views when descending the high level route, it is the route 1 in reverse as advertised on National Trail: http://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/pennine-way/walk-the-way-in-a-day  

Meet 10am FoN House with waterproofs, boots and packed lunch

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Saturday 13th June 2015

IFN Congress, Olomouc, Czech Republic

The 22nd Triennial Congress of International Friends of Nature/Naturefriends takes place this w/e in the Czech Republic.  This is the one chance every 3 years that all the 50 or so member countries can send delegates to meet, raise issues, agree policies and the future of the umbrella organisation IFN/NFI.  More details should be available at http://www.nf-int.org

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Wednesday 16th September 2015

International Friends of Nature Day

On this day in 1895 the official foundation of the Friends of Nature/Naturfreunde movement began in Vienna. Celebrations are generally held the first w/e after the official date. An overview of the global work of FoN today across member countries and beyond can be seen on the International umbrella web site here: www.nf-int.org

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Borders FoN Programme 2014

We aim to have a range of events throughout the year – walks, bike rides, conservation tasks, weekends away, work parties at Kirk Yetholm hostel, fundraising and community projects, museum visits, etc.

We try and support local wherever possible and use public transport when practicable

New ideas are always welcome !!

N.B. Events are regularly added or updated, so check back for more information.

Updates and short notice events: to save time, phone calls and keep everything simple we can keep you in touch if you are a regular e-mail user, useful if there is a change of date/cancellation or for example a last minute walk added. E-mail addresses will not be circulated to others. Mail us at: kirkyetholm@thefriendsofnature.org.uk

PARTICIPATION IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. ALWAYS CHECK EVENT IS HAPPENING THE NIGHT/DAY BEFORE

For current programme scroll down for details and contacts…

Saturday 18th January 2014

New Year programme meeting

Meet 2pm at Friends of Nature House/Hostel to discuss ideas for the 2014 programme. If you can’t make it, call or e-mail suggestions to Simon and Maureen: 01573 420234 or kirkyetholm@thefriendsofnature.org.uk

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Wednesday 19th March 2014

Kirk Yetholm to Morebattle via Wideopen Hill (approx. 5.5 miles)

The wrong way along the St. Cuthbert’s Way!!… to allow simple lunch stop in Templehall Hotel between noon and 2pm (serve typically soup and roll) and time to look around the village and church and maybe to Linton if anyone is interested. Suggested return via car pick-ups to Yetholm as buses only via Kelso (14.45hrs) until direct service at 17.45hrs which takes 15mins. Currently can offer 3 drivers/passengers lift back to Yetholm after walk (I will drop my car at Morebattle night before)

Depart FoN House/Hostel at 09.45 for 10am departing along St. Cuthbert’s Way

Let us know if you’re coming: kirkyetholm@thefriendsofnature.org.uk or 01573 420234

(Wednesday not generally a good day? – suggest another as other days can be considered)

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Wednesday 2nd April 2014

Borders Abbey Way – Part 1. Kelso to Clintmains (12 miles, easy terrain)

Having walked the Borders Abbey Way in stages last autumn we were stunned by it’s variety and want to repeat it in the Spring with the longer days and flower colours. We start the route in Kelso and then follow the banks of the Tweed, quiet lanes and paths on our way towards St Boswells and Melrose. We split the leg at Clintmains which is some 12 miles from Kelso and a couple of miles before St Boswells as there are regular buses back to Kelso. If the group wishes and weather is kind it can be extended to St Boswells (about 2 miles further) and eateries – but it makes it a long day. The route is level for most of the way and gives a gentle introduction to the rest of the Way, believe me it gets better all the way!!

Meet Kelso outside Tourist Information/Council Offices at 0945 for 10am start. Buses approx hourly back and takes about 20mins!!

Let us know if you’re coming: kirkyetholm@thefriendsofnature.org.uk or 01573 420234

(Wednesday not generally a good day? – suggest another as other days can be considered)

Part 2 next month? A wonderful stretch by Dryburgh Abbey to Melrose. To be scheduled in when suitable for group

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Saturday 12th April 2014

National AGM, 2pm at Central Hall, Coventry

The FoN National AGM returns to this venue of a few years ago due to it’s central location for members. Details of the hall at www.coventrycentralhall.co.uk and is just a few minutes walk from central rail station. More AGM details on www.thefriendsofnature.org.uk nearer the date

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Wednesday 16th April 2014

The Hirsel Estate and Coldstream

Former home of Prime Minister Sir Alec Douglas-Home, the estate is a delight to explore at anytime but especially the Spring when hopefully the rhododendrons will be in full bloom. Suggest park in the car park opposite Co-op supermarket Coldstream at 11am, walk through woods to Hirsel steadings (now a cafe and interpretation centre) around the lake, to the rhododendron area and return to cafe for late lunch – the Border Tea is not to be missed!!

Alternative is to cycle out from Yetholm and meet up there…if anyone is interested. Return to Coldstream circa 4pm latest

(Wednesday not generally a good day? – suggest another as other days can be considered)

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Wednesday 7th May 2014 (provisional)

Borders Friendship Loop

A route which crosses into England and greets our English bunkhouse and walking guide/author neighbours at Mounthooly before continuing down the College Valley and returning via Trowupburn and Pennine Way to Scotland and home. Meet Halterburn parking spot (GR 840277) at bottom of hill where the Pennine Way and St Cuthbert’s Way leave the road across the footbridge. Low level Pennine Way to below Black Hag and then take the left hand path on the col and descend to the College Valley. Hopefully a side trip to MountHooly bunk house for refreshments from our hosts Pauline and Edward (to be confirmed). Descend the valley 3km to forestry track up to Trowupburn, then Stob Stanes and Border Ridge back to Halterburn. Circa 8-10 miles. There is some tarmac descending the College Valley but it’s not exactly busy and the scenery is gorgeous. Meet Halterburn parking at 9.45 for 10am start.

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Monday 2nd June 2014 (provisional)

St Abb’s Head and Puffins

Meet at the National Trust car park on the left just before village of St Abb’s at 11am. Coastal path out on headland to lighthouse and cliffs below which should be teeming with razorbills, guillemots gannets and hopefully a puffin or two. Return via the nature reserve and tea in the wonderful teashop on the harbour as you see fit.

Future walk – anyone like to do the section up to Fast Castle? Amazing coastal scenery and totally untouristed…

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Wednesday 11th June2014

Mindrum Gardens (daily 11am-4pm)

Open only in June and July these gardens are a delight to wander around in their rural setting. Water cascades and some quiet corners by our beloved Beaumont river downstream from Yetholm. Afterwards take tea and biscuits in the conservatory or on one of the victorian loungers on the grass in front of the house. Details: www.mindrumgarden.co.uk

Cycle out from Kirk Yetholm or meet there. For cyclists: meet at FoN House 12.30pm with bikes or 1.30pm at Mindrum House car park. As usual check for any changes 01573 420234 or kirkyetholm@thefriendsofnature.org.uk

(Wednesday not generally a good day? – suggest another as other days can be considered)

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Wednesday 16th July 2014 (provisional date)

Ferniehirst Castle (Jedburgh)

Home of the Kerr family and rebuilt in 1598 the castle was leased to SYHA as a hostel for 50 years until 1983. Open only July each year the castle offers guided tours between 11am and 4pm (closed Mondays) at £5 adult and £3.50 concessionary/under 12yrs. Bob Lawson, the Ferniehirst Curator and expert on Kerr history, explains the tour includes the undercrofts and grand apartments. There is no charge for the grounds and woodland walk. Details on www.clankerr.co.uk

Cycle out from Kirk Yetholm or meet at castle for those arriving by other means. Details tbc

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August 2014

TBC

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Tuesday 16th September 2014

International Friends of Nature Day

On this day in 1895 the official foundation of the Friends of Nature/Naturfreunde movement began in Vienna. Celebrations are generally held the first w/e after the official date. An overview of the global work of FoN today across member countries and beyond can be seen on the International umbrella web site here: www.nf-int.org

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October 2014

TBC

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November 2014

Kielder Observatory ?

TBC

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December 2014

2015 programme ideas…

A 3rd FoN Cross Morecambe Bay Walk – raise money for FoN Nepal as last time?

Visit to Falkirk Wheel

Borders Cycle Loop

New Lanark world heritage site ~ w/e ?

FoN house at Dervaig, Mull

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