The Wolsingham Wayfarers will be holding their
Annual General Meeting on Wednesday May 24th 2017
We shall appoint officers , review this years achievements and make plans for the future care and maintenance of Footpaths within the Parish of Wolsingham and Thornley.
Our seven current committee posts are:
Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary, Saturday Walks leader, IT manager (website/FB/e.mail) Designer/ production of walks leaflets, Farming Liason Officer, Parish Council liason officer.
If you would like to assist in any of these roles or simply have an interest in walking in Weardale and would like to contribute to discussion about future tasks for the Wayfarers then please join us at 7pm in The Methodist Church
We welcome constructive feedback and suggestions so if you are unable to attend the AGM please contact a committee member on one of our walks or email us at
Wow, what a busy year for footpath repairs! Take a look at the list of repairs reported and fixed over the last year. Special thanks to all the landowners who have helped make this happen.
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We, in partnership with the Black Lion Wolsingham, would like to invite you to a sponsored ramble in aid of Children in Need. Sunday 11 October. You can download your own sponsorship form or make a donation on the day. If you can't join us on the Sunday, you are welcome to join us for our regular Saturday walk on 10 October and make a donation (*donation voluntary for our Saturday walk*).
BBC Countryfile are hosting a Sponsored Ramble on the weekend of 10-11 October, and we thought it would be great to join in. More details here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/…/countryfile-ramble-for-bbc-children-…
We hosted the first walk of the North Pennines Walking Festival yesterday (well OK, we were walk no. 3, but it was still the first day). Seven humans and one dog walked 15 miles along the Weardale Way from Wolsingham to Rookhope. We took a few detours to avoid some poorly maintained sections of the Way, so we only actually saw the river twice! The weather was dry but muggy, and we only met one grumpy cow, two walkers and LOTS of C2C cyclists. Photos on Flickr
The North Pennines Walking Festival is nearly here, and we are hosting the first walk - the Weardale Way from Wolsingham to Rookhope (16 miles). The festival caters for all abilities and ages, and the theme this year is the Pennine Way.
Diana Denbury, Festival organiser, says "This year's festival will run from Saturday 26th September to Sunday 4th October 2015 and the programme aims to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Pennine Way, however, it will also encompass and celebrate other long-distance trails within the North Pennines AONB, such as the Weardale & Teesdale Way, Bowes loop and Isaac’s Tea Trail. Additional walks such as the Ravenber's Way will also feature in the programme."
To view the walks and book your place please visit the Friends of the North Pennines website.
Our next Thursday walk is August 27th. Bollihope Common to Wolsingham. As we are using the Community Transport bus there will be a £2.50 bus fare and all walkers must be booked.
The bus will collect at 10am at the market place and deliver us to Bollihope for a gentle, five mile/ 2.5-3hr walk back to Wolsingham.
£2.50 towards the cost of transport will be collected on the day. Seats are limited so early booking is recommended. Please call 01388 528480 to book your seat.
We have completely revamped our series of walk leaflets. The routes have been simplified, the step-by-step instructions improved, and new photos added. Outlets up and down the dale are carrying our leaflets, and some have already run out! Pick up your free copy, or download a printable version from our website.
Thanks to Ian (design and re-write) and Yasmine (photos)!
Oops, we forgot to announce here that we won an award. We won "Volunteer Group of the Year" at the County Durham Environment Awards, held on 13 November 2014. This was for "an outstanding contribution to the improvement, understanding and promotion of the quality and appearance of the environment of the Weardale countryside and the commitment of all volunteers".
You can see the award for yourself - just pop into the Black Lion in Meadhope Street. It takes pride of place on the corner shelf by the fire.
The photo below shows Yasmine, Ian and Neil receiving the award from John Robinson, chairman of Durham County Council.
If you are out and about in Wolsingham, look out for our new posters with details of our Spring and Summer walks. Our first 4 walks follow our revamped self-guided-walk leaflets - at the printers right now. If you fancy walking one of these routes but want a bit of company first time round, please join us!