Please contact the office on 01539 720788 if you would like to go on a waiting list in case we get any cancellations. The hall has a maximum capacity so please don't turn up unless you have had your booking confirmed.

Saturday 15 June 2019

Newbiggin-on-Lune Public Hall

Newbiggin-on-Lune CA17 4NT*

All members and non-members welcome

This year we are in the Westmorland Dales village of Newbiggin-on-Lune. Come and hear about our major National Lottery Funded project work in this heritage-rich area of Cumbria. Douglas Chalmers, Chief Executive, will give a review of our work and update members on how your support has helped the Lake District and Cumbrian landscapes.

*Please note this location near Kirkby Stephen as there are several Newbiggins in Cumbria! Free buses will be running from train stations to help with transport. More details in the booking form.

All events are free but please do pre-book.


9.30 am Registration open, teas and coffees

10 am Welcome by Chief Executive, Douglas Chalmers, in Newbiggin-on-Lune Public Hall

10.15 am Walks, talks and site visits

12.15 pm Lunch

1.30 pm Guest speaker, David Butterworth, Chief Executive, Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority

2 pm Chief Executive’s update and Q & A

2.30 pm AGM. See the timetable and nominee trustee statements here.

3.15 pm Closing comments

Please choose ONE of the following when you have clicked on BOOK below. Confirmation of your booking and further information will be sent once we receive your booking.

Activity 1. What will climate change really mean for the Lake District and Westmorland Dales?
Newbiggin-on-Lune Public Hall
11 am – 12 pm
Sir Martin Holdgate CB, Emeritus President of Friends of the Lake District and renowned environmental scientist and international conservationist, presents a future vision for the Cumbrian landscape. Followed by discussion and Q & A.

Activity 2. Newbiggin-on-Lune’s Hidden Heritage
Departs on foot from Newbiggin Public Hall at 10.15 am
Access: Easy walk with some uphill.
A walk around the village with David Evans and Nicola Estill, from the Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership team, revealing some of its natural and cultural heritage including the reputed source of the River Lune.

Activity 3. We can add you to a waiting list if you get in touch. Little Asby – geology, wildlife and cultural heritage
Minibus departs from Newbiggin Hall at 10.15 am
Access: Moderate with some uphill stretches
Join Jan Darrall, Policy Officer, as she takes you on a tour of this hidden Cumbrian gem with far-ranging views.  Limestone pavement, Sunbiggin Tarn and an ample supply of natural and cultural heritage features.

Activity 4. Changing the course, slowing the flow
Minibus departs from Newbiggin Hall at 10.30 am for a short trip to neighbouring village.
Access: Easy to moderate.
Walk along the Scandal Beck downstream from Ravenstonedale with the Eden Rivers Trust looking at opportunities for restoration and natural flood management.

Confirmation of your booking and further information will be sent once we receive your booking.

Sorry we are unable to accommodate dogs in the hall or on the minibuses.

We are running a FREE minibus service from Oxenholme and Kirkby Stephen. Please pre-book.

Car sharing is encouraged and more details will be sent once we receive your booking.

Please pay what you can afford for lunch on the day.

Everyone is welcome to attend any session and stay for as long as they want but only members can vote at the AGM in the afternoon.


From J38 of the M6 at Tebay. Follow the A685 for 6 miles and enter Newbiggin-on-Lune. Take the filter lane to the right into the village, signposted Newbiggin-on-Lune  and the Public Hall is ahead at the crossroads. It will be well sign-posted.

Book online, or call 01539 720788 or email [email protected]

We're really sorry but this event is full. If you would like to be added to a waiting list, please email [email protected].