If you’re into walking, geology or flora and fauna in North Pennines, the there are some exciting events lined up for June.
On Saturday 2 June from 10am–4pm walkers will be able to Explore the Nent Valley and learn how the rocks of this high North Pennine valley have created its scenery. Geologist Brian Young will talk about the many and varied minerals that have been dug from the hills and how everything from the shape of the fields and houses and even the colourful flowers along the way, depends on the underlying rocks.
The RSPB’s Geltsdale Reserve in Cumbria is the venue for Geltsdale Reserve rocks on Thursday 7 June from 10am–4pm. Participants will enjoy a seven-mile exploration across the fells, find out about the local geology of this north-west corner of the North Pennines and discover evidence of an industrial past.
Walkers will be At the head of the Tyne on Sunday 10 June from 10.30am-4pm discovering how warm seas and huge rivers millions of years ago created the rocks and landscape that can be seen today. On this nine-mile walk, geologist Brian Young will explain how to read the evidence of this fascinating history from the shape of the hills and the valleys.
Get close to the traditional wild flower meadows of Upper Teesdale and meet a ‘meadowkeeper’ – interpreter Neil Diment – at Hay time tea and tales on Saturday 16 June from 2pm–5pm. People on the three-mile walk will hear about the work going on to look after these rare and special sites over a delicious hay time tea.
There’s an opportunity to have a go at dry stone walling with expert Peter Moorhead on the Walling taster day at Killhope Lead Mining Museum on Saturday 23 June from 10am – 4pm. Participants need to be physically fit and prepared for a rigorous day of lifting stone and digging foundations!
The Northumbrian town of Allendale is the venue for Meadow magic, memories and management on Sunday 24 June from 2pm-5pm. ‘Meadowkeeper’ – interpreter Neil Diment – will take walkers on a three-mile exploration of some of the best flower-rich meadows in the East Allen Valley and explain about the work going on to look after these rare and special sites.
And at the end of the month – Saturday 30 June from 2pm–6pm walkers can join AONB Partnership archaeologist Paul Frodsham and Peter Schofield of Oxford Archaeology North for 10,000 years in Holwick. On this three-mile exploration, Paul and Peter will the extraordinary archaeological landscape around Holwick, including examination of prehistoric and medieval settlements.
June’s events are just a few organised by the North Pennines AONB Partnership as part of the 2012 programme of walks, talks and activities taking place over the summer and into the autumn. Further details are available at www.northpennines.org.uk (click on Events in the sidebar and go to Events calendar) or by contacting the AONB Partnership office on 01388 528801.