Blackwell Hill Meadows

Tuesday 3rd July meet Abbey Road 7pm.  D.Risbey


Our visit to Blackwell Hill Meadows is to see the meadow as it is. At the moment the grass and the plants are very high. The residents are trying to develop it into a hay meadow.  Our club has been making recordings this year to help the project.

We will travel to the south end of Blackwall Lane and park, taking care not to block residence driveways. We will walk down the A66 towards Blackwall Bridge, meeting at the house on the right hand side before the bridge, where will will go through the driveway of the house to the meadow. The aim is for members to see the meadow, but we will stick to the path rather than trampling all over the meadow, we will be able to walk by the side of the River Tees.


Cronkley Fell Outing 


Yesterday I did a recce of Cronkley Fell and quickly came to the decision to postpone the event. With such a late Spring the flowers were not to be seen, as snow was still lying in a gully . I would like to change the date to Wednesday 6th June, further details to follow.

This Sunday 6th May we will go to Broken Scar and walk downstream to survey the field towards Blackwell. This field was sown by the Council with wild flowers 4 yrs ago and I would like to see if we can record some of the development. Then back to the car park where we will move onto High Coniscliffe and we will walk downstream and back. I am sure that a lot more will be seen in our local area this Sunday than further up the Dale. We will meet at Abbey Road at 10 am.




 Field Club Outing To West Park on Tuesday 8th May.

Members will meet outside of the playing fields on Abbey Road, we will leave Abbey Road 7pm prompt and drive the short distance to West Park. Parking for a limited number of cars will be on George Stephenson Drive (1st left off roundabout on West Auckland Road opposite Faverdale Ind Estate) if lots of vehicles, some can park on the industrial estate. The walk will start at the entrance to Sans Pariel Square off George Stephenson Drive. We will make our way on hard footpaths to the trackbed of the old railway line and walk west to the park. We will follow paths to the pond area and then make our way back to the start point. We will take in several of the architectural and artistic objects along the route as well as recording numerous flora and fauna. We will also see where some of the 46,000 trees originally planted have been felled and the understory cleared as part of the management of the park. I understand that annual wildflower meadows are to be created within the park but work on those has not yet started (3/5/18). 
Most of the walk is easy going but there are several short inclines to negotiate, no stiles and the paths are well maintained. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There is a local pub should thirst overcome anyone at the end of the walk.
Look forward to seeing you Tuesday evening.



Walk leaders, Steve Keeney and Falgunee Sarker.

Date, Sunday 13th May 2018. Starting time 2 pm at the Abbey road playing field. We will share cars.

Darlington’s west cemetery is the final resting place of town’s residents. It was opened in April 1858.Total area is approximately 15ha.The chapel and lodge designed by architect J.P.Pritchett and the grounds laid out by Joseph Bowker of Scarborough. Originally east part was used for Church of England, central part for Nonconformist and west part for people of catholic religion.

This cemetery has some magnificent collection of trees and shrubs. Paths were designed with avenues of broad leaved trees, shrubs & conifers collected from all over the world. Between the paths, grounds contain some finest specimens of elegant trees.

In this walk we will learn how to identify some of these trees. Steve will also point out some famous graves including the recently tidied up final resting place of Dr Richard Taylor Manson the Clubs Founder.

Walking shoes and waterproofs are recommended. Care should be taken to walk through uneven grounds. Binoculars and hand lens are useful in any tree walks.


Fal and Steve





Cronkley Fell  

Wednesday 6th  June   

Abbey Road, 9 a.m.

Derek Risbey


Upper Teesdale is renowned nationally and internationally for its remarkable flora fauna and geology.

This will be one of the few opportunities to make a visit to Upper Teesdale, we are visiting the top of Cronkley Fell.

We will drive to Hangingshaw car park grid reference YN 862 293 on the north side of the B6277 about one and a quarter miles west of High Force where we will park our cars and start the walk.

One of the main aims of the day is to see the Teesdale Spring Gentian (gentiana verna) and Birds Eye Primrose ( primula farinosa) and other flowers that form the Upper Teesdale assemblage of rare plants. We should also see lots of birds like lapwings, golden plover, curlews, sandpipers, oystercatchers, redshanks, dippers, buzzards, and possibly black grouse and also many others.

The walk will be approximately  5 miles plus the walk is graded easy to moderate with an ascent of 800 ft

The start time at Abbey Road is 10 a.m. pack lunch is required the last toilet stop on route is High Force. As conditions can change good appropriate clothing and footwear walking sticks etc is required. Further information and instructions for drivers will be available on the day.

P.S. On display at Bowlees is the first geological map of Britain created by William Smith the father of British geology and much more.

Any questions please phone  Derek  07748968529


Lake District Osprey coach trip

Sunday June 3rd start 8:30   The cost is only £10 PP

Derek Risbey


Visit Dodds Wood viewpoints.  At the viewpoint there is also a feeding station for woodland birds and where the resident red squirrels are stars.


Then to Whinlatter Forest for a intimate nest experience, where live HD pictures are streamed to the osprey exhibition area, allowing a great indoor experience, offering close-up views of the Ospreys from the edge of their nest via the live nest camera.

There are tea rooms at both sites and at Whinlatter there is a children’s play area and an outdoor picnic area.

Further details will be available nearer the time.