Upcoming events 2019. Arrive at 10.30am for 11.00am start.


Sunday September 8th Ormsby Hall Alan Simkins + Cleveland Nats

From the A19 leave at the Parkway A174 interchange signed Redcar/Teesport-if coming from north turn left [reverse if coming from south] towards Redcar and leave the A174at the Middlesbrough interchange and turn left on the A172, then right at crossroads traffic lightsafter about half a mile on to the B1380. Pass under a railway in a half mile but DO NOT enter the Ormesby Hall site at the main car entrance a short distance beyond the railway line. Continue for a further half mile and take the first road [Church Lane] on the right signposted for coaches to Ormesby Hall. Proceed down Church Lane and take the second road on the right into Ormesby Hall site and drive to the car park shown by the red arrow on the attached map.
Ormesby Hall [National Trust] provides a circular foray through mixed deciduous and coniferous woodland/parkland


Saturday September 14th Bamburgh Borders Fungus Group

We will meet at 10.30am in the large free car park just below Bamburgh Castle on the landward side, NU18363490. Enter from the B1342 / B1340 Links Road. OS Landranger map 75 the aim is to visit the nearby sand dunes in search of the specialised fungi that should be found growing there. Late in the year on a previous visit a very small un-identified earth star was found and we would really like to refind this species to find out what it is. As well as the sand dunes there are wet boggy areas and some mixed woodland. Stout footwear and protective clothing depending on the weather that day will be required. Bring a packed lunch, sufficient liquids and if we are lucky – sun cream.


Sunday September 15th Fallodon Mike Cruse
(This foray could be combined with the previous day’s foray at Bamburgh with the BFG for those who like to make a w/e of it.)
Directions :- From the A1 North , 6 miles past the Alnwick exit take the B6347 to Christon Bank , drive through the village and take the 1st left signed Fallodon . After crossing the railway line parking is immediately on the right . Further map details (2) are in the link below.
Fallodon Hall, Newton-by-the-Sea, Northumberland
OS Grid Ref :- NU 208 239 Post Code :- NE 66 3 HF

NB: The pairing of the 2 forays at Bamburgh and Fallodon , some 10 miles apart, gives those who like to make a w/e of it the opportunity to do so .


Saturday September 21st Bedburn Cath Gillie

From the A68 travelling south turn right after Witton Le Wear for Hamsterley village From the A68 travelling North turn left for Hamsterley before the river. In the centre of the village in Hamsterley turn right ( near toilets) and follow the road taking the first right again signed Howlea onto Howlea lane. Follow this lane over a bridge and as you go up the hill from the bridge past a few cottages – look for a turning on the right over a cattle grid at the farm entrance for Carrwood Hill Farm Park on the grass verges – there will be a sign here to guide you! Meeting at 11am – We plan to foray along Harthope beck which has been fruitful for us in the past, It’s a circular route mainly along the beck side but we do cross the beck and there is only one Bridge and a ford so wear wellingtons or waterproof boots if you don’t want to walk back to the bridge, although if the beck is in flood we may all have to use the bridge! The plan is to return to the cars for a late lunch so that those that need to go early can do so and then Foray in Low Burnlea wood near the Bedburn beck for as long as time allows


Saturday September 28th Danby Park (Alan Simkins)

Danby is a couple of miles south of the A171 Guisborough to Whitby road. Take the turning signposted to Danby [about 3 miles east of the road to Castleton by Lockwood Beck Reservoir].
Follow the road to Danby until you see a “chevron” indicating a sharp right turn down to Danby. Park in the untarmacced car park on the left side of the road just before the “chevron” [Grid ref. NZ708093].
The habitat is a mixture of open moorland and deciduous woodland–particularly birch woodland when we get to Danby Park.


Sunday October 6th Allensford Alan Simkins

Directions :- Situated by the A68 near Consett , map details are provided in the link below .
Allensford Caravan Park, Durham, UK DH8 9BA – Your Parks
Please park at the car park just outside the Caravan Park not the one by the A68 at Allensford


Saturday October 12th Hadrian’s Wall Alan Simkins – TBC


Sunday October 13th Ragpath Val Standen + DWT

Grid Ref:- NZ194418 Ragpath Wood is a continuation of the Deerness Woodlands we visited last year.

From the Nevilles Cross traffic lights on the A167 west of Durham City, take the A690 towards ‘Crook’. At the bottom of the bank turn right at the roundabout onto the B6302 towards Ushaw Moor. In Ushaw Moor there is a left, then right ‘dog leg’ junction – then carry on to Esh Winning. Enter Esh Winning village and turn into Brandon Road on the left – before the main road bends left. Park on the road where Brandon Road meets Acton Road as a T-junction


Sunday October 20th Ebchester Mike Cruse

Friday October 25th – Tuesday October 29th LAKE DISTRICT WEEKEND

Saturday November 2nd Holy Island Sheila Lillie (Joint meet with BFG)

Saturday November 9th Bransdale Rhona Sutherland

Sunday November 17th Hesleyside nr Bellingham Mike Cruse