Saturday 1 July, 10am – 3pm. Free. All welcome

Members and non-members are invited to this day of walks, talks and speakers as we celebrate the work of Friends of the Lake District. There will be local staff-led short guided walks that demonstrate our work and issues affecting the area. There will be the chance to ask questions and learn more about our work to protect the Lake District landscape.

Please register your interest by booking below and we will send you further information.

Open Day and Annual General Meeting – Members and non-members welcome

The Friends of the Lake District Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday 1st July 2017 at Threlkeld Village Hall, Station Rd, Threlkeld, Keswick CA12 4SQ

Come and hear about what we’ve been up to on your behalf. Meet the team of staff and trustees who represent your views and catch up with other members from around the UK. This year we are in the village of Threlkeld at the foot of Blencathra which is easy to get to and a great base for exploring the northern fells of the Lake District.

Non-members are really welcome on our walks and talks too – we’re a friendly bunch of people who all share a love of the Cumbrian landscape. All events are free.

Timetable for the day

Morning Events   
Choose which walk or activity you would like to take part in and return your form or book online below. Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

All events will start from Threlkeld Village Hall unless stated otherwise and transport/car sharing will be arranged.  Please bring warm clothing and suitable footwear.

9.30am           Thirlmere – Flood resilience and the challenges of water supply. Two hour walk with our Policy Officer Jan Darrall and a representative from United Utilities for an update its work on the replacement water supply from Thirlmere. Easy walk with some uphill.

Location: Meeting at Swirls car park at 9.30 am, Thirlmere reservoir – please let us know if transport is required from Keswick or Threlkeld when booking.

10.15am        Red Squirrels – Their habitat at risk. – A leisurely 90 minute walk from the village hall to learn more about red squirrels, the work that is being undertaken to protect them and the landscapes in which they thrive.  Easy to moderate.  Meet at Village Hall

10.15am        Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path Reconnection Project – Presentation
A twenty minute presentation, chat and Q&A with Cath Johnson, Area Ranger for the Lake District National Park. Cath will be talking about the ongoing work to repair the storm damage caused to the Railway Footpath. Presentation at Village Hall.

10.35am        Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path Reconnection Project – Site visit
Visit site of one of the bridges washed away during Storm Desmond in 2015. See first-hand the damage caused and learn more about what has been done to repair footpaths. Easy walk with some uphill. Minibus will be provided from Village Hall.

10.35am        Planning Update and Q&A
Planning Officer Laura Fiske talks about our latest work to prevent inappropriate development in Cumbria and answers your questions. Presentation at Village Hall.

12pm-1pm   Buffet lunch, informal planning Q&A and photo voting
Buffet lunch and planning Q&A drop in session. There is also an opportunity to vote for your favourite images entered into our 2017 photography competition. Winning images will be used on our 2017 Christmas cards and 2018 calendars. Complimentary tea and coffee will be served throughout the day.

1pm-2pm    Chief Executive’s update and Q&A

2.15pm – 3pm AGM - Agenda

  1. Welcome and apologies for absence
  2. Confirm the minutes of the 2016 Annual General Meeting
  3. Chair’s Report
  4. Chief Executive Officer’s Report
  5. Election of President
  6. Annual Report and Accounts
  7. Questions
  8. Appoint auditors
  9. Election of Executive Committee
  10. Any other business
  11. Date of 2017 AGM

Copies of the Annual Report and Accounts will be available to all members attending the AGM, or in advance from the Friends of the Lake District offices from 1 May 2017 by request. If you wish to vote by proxy please contact us.

If you wish to nominate yourself or another member to serve on the Executive Committee please contact the office.

3pm-5pm     Group Walk
 A two hour walk with views and time to chat on this amble led by Project Officer and Mountain Leader Ruth Kirk. Finishing in the local pub.


From Penrith, junction 40 on the M6, follow signs to Keswick and after 13 miles turn right into Threlkeld Village.  Do not follow your Sat Nav after this point - the Village Hall is located 1/2 mile along on the left hand side.

From Keswick follow signs to Penrith and after 4 miles take the first left signposted Threlkeld. The Village Hall is 1/2 mile along on the right hand side. Further details


If you need a lift from Threlkeld or Keswick to Thirlmere for the 9.30 am site visit please contact or phone 01539 720788.

By bus: Stagecoach services  X4 X5 stop at Threlkeld. From the South take 555 to Keswick and either change bus as above or we can arrange pick-ups by request.

By train: To Penrith station then 35 minutes by X4 or X5 bus, as above.


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Open Day and AGM ticket

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Presentation – Planning Update and Q & A

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Buffet lunch - Person 1

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Official AGM Meeting

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Buffet lunch - Person 2

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Walk - Thirlmere flood resilience

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Walk - Red Squirrels

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Presentation - Keswick to Threlkeld railway reconnection

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Walk - Group Walk 3-5pm

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