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September 22nd Bellister Woods Gordon Beakes

OS grid ref  NY684620 Postcode NE49 0JP

The woodland lies just north of Park Village about 2 miles south of the town of Haltwhistle. Take the A69 Newcastle to Carlisle Road (map a) and continue on the Haltwhistle bypass. Just after the A69 crosses the South Tyne take the first left hand turn (signposted to Alston (A689) Halton, Lea Gate, Coanwood). The road climbs steeply up Bellister bank before swinging west towards Park Village. Where the road makes a sharp left hand bend there is a right hand turning (which should be signposted to the Haltwhistle Caravan club site). This narrow road goes steeply downhill to Park Burnfoot Farm (map c). There is a lay-by just before the farm buildings (bottom left photo below). If cars are parked at an angle at 5-6 cars could be parked here. There is also space 2 or 3 more cars just up the hill adjacent the National Trust Bellister Estate sign (top right below). If all these spaces are taken then drive past the farm and there should parking a few hundred yards further up the road towards Bridge End. If you arrive early and need refreshment then I have indicated tearooms in Bardon Mill Village (and Starbucks on A69) in asterisks on map b. There are no toilets on site – and nearest public loos are in Haltwhistle.

September 29th Clay Bank Bilsdale Jo Scott

From Stokesley take the B1257 road to Helmsley, through Great Broughton and at the top of the bank take the minor road signed to Ingleby Greenhow. We will meet in the car park on the right at the bottom of the bank. I thought we would start out on the marked paths where I know there are points of access into the woodland but there are miles of track available to us. GR: NZ578038

Saturday October 6th Foray to Hodge Beck – Bransdale, Rhona Sutherland.

Take the road left off the A170 to Fadmoor and carry ontowards Bransdale. 300m after you zig zag down and up over the Ousegill take the minor road on the left to Moorhouse Farm signposted as a dead end. Meet in the carpark (SE 636946) on the left hand side of this track. We will walk on the public footpath to Stork House and back through a beautiful patch of old oak woodland full of interesting fungi. The way is fairly steep and a bit uneven in places. Nearest postcode (may not lead you all the way to the meet point: YO62 7JL)

October 13th Dalby Forest, Tom Kirby

Tom Kirby Strictly speaking, this foray is in Newton Dale, west of Dalby. To access the forest, drive to Thirsk,then drive east east on the A170 to Pickering. At the main roundabout in Pickering turn left, on to the A169 heading north. After 4.5 miles you will see an unmarked slip-road on your left. This is Hostess Lane and it WILL take you in to Lockton as indicated on the map below, BUT if you miss this turning there is a better road 0.75 miles further on, signposted Lockton and Levisham. Once in Lockton follow the signs to Levisham Railway Station. You will pass the Horseshoe Inn where we may or may not retire to postforay

12-14th October 2018. Waxcap workshop in Northumberland (Scottish Groups – members sign in and log in first then click here for more details).

October 14th UPPER TEESDALE  – Gordon Beakes This is public event run by Natural England but NEFSG members are welcome to attend. Meet at the Bowlees Visitor Centre at 10am. GR: NY906282

October 20th Milkwellburn Wood Doug
DWT’s largest woodland is a long term project, which is undertaking a process known as PAWS restorations (Plantation on an Ancient Woodland Site). For the Milkwellhope Burn foray at Blackhall Mill , location maps are above . Blackhall Mill is just off the A694 , take a left after crossing the river and park along the road there ‘River View’ at the end nearest the woods.NZ114570 Nearest postcode NE17 7TE

26 – 28th October BRATHAY WEEKEND Contact: Mike Cruse A 4 day, 3 night stay, Friday October 26 to Monday October 29 , the main forays will be on the Saturday and Sunday with smaller optional ones on arrival on Friday and on the way back on Monday. Please feel free to join us for any of the days.

October 20th Milkwellburn Wood Ron
For the Milkwellhope Burn foray – Blackhall Mill is just off the A694 , take a left after crossing the river and park along the road there ‘River View’ at the end nearest the woods.NZ114570 Nearest postcode NE17 7TE

10th November WHITTLE DENE, OVINGHAM Mike Cruse Meet at Tyne Riverside Country Park , Low Prudhoe (free parking)
Tyne Riverside Country Park | Adventure Sports in Prudhoe …
https://www.visitnorthumberland.com/activity-centres-adventure… OS grid ref NZ087 635 Postcode NE42 6NR From the A68 / A695 roundabout (just south of the A69) proceed 4 miles eastwards to Prudhoe / Low Prudhoe and take a left turn at the roundabout signed Tyne Riverside Country Park / Ovingham . The car park is on the left after the railway crossing .

2018 Borders Group foray can be found here