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Events Programme

Winter 2019/2020
29th  October 2019
Hazel Calderwood

West Highland Way

First opened in 1980 the West Highland Way was Scotland’s first long distance walking route and remains by far the most popular. Stretching for 151km (96 miles) from Milngavie on the edge of Glasgow it passes through pastoral landscapes and then along the shore of Loch

Lomond, and continues onto the increasingly rugged and majestic highlands. The trail crosses the vast, awe-inspiring expanse of Rannoch Moor, with a glimpse down Glencoe, before crossing the hills to Loch Leven. The route finally reaches Fort William at the foot of Ben Nevis via beautiful Glen Nevis.

26th November 2019
Sally McClean

Follow the Camino Frances

The Camino Frances (or French Way) is arguably the most famous of the nine major Camino de Santiago routes. Its 500 miles of trail has inspired many artists, writers and filmmakers to document their journey including the famous movie The Way, starring Martin Sheen. The

route traditionally starts in St. Jean-Pied-De-Port in France, before crossing the Pyrenees and continuing through the La Rioja region and along the rolling hills and high Meseta of northern Spain, before finishing in Santiago de Compostela, the burial place of St. James. The Camino

has become increasingly popular with walkers in recent years, including a number of trips by Bannsiders.

13th December 2019

Christmas Party

28th January 2020
James Hamill

Wainwright’s Coast to Coast walk - east to west


In 1973 Alfred Wainwright walked from St Bee’s, on the Cumbrian coast, through the Lake District, over the Pennines and the North York Moors to Robin Hood’s Bay on the North Sea coast, a distance of around 192 miles.

His route has become one of Britain’s most popular long- distance walks and most people do it, as he did, from west to east.  Moya and I have done it three times, always east to west.  Come along and find out why!

11th February 2020

Red Cross

(Geraldine Fitzpatrick)

Everyday First Aid: simple and fun for anyone to learn

first aid skills.

These Red Cross sessions last up to 2 hours and are

delivered to groups at a location and time which suits them. The flexible approach means sessions are adapted to individual group needs around the emergencies they are likely to encounter.


It is important that walkers have first aid knowledge and

have the skills and confidence to take action, particularly in

a rural or remote location where they may not have easy

access to emergency services.

25th February 2020
Rory McNeary

Marine Archaeology on the North Coast: from Discovery to Protection

In this illustrated talk underwater archaeologist Rory McNeary will give a background to the marine archaeology on the north coast with specific reference to some of its more famous shipwrecks, including the designated wrecks Girona and HMS Drake.


Rory McNeary is a government heritage curator and marine archaeologist.

31st  March 2020
Stan Milner

Walking in Woods


 I will briefly say how I came to have a career in forestry that brought me to join the Northern Ireland Forest Service in 1975. I will use slides of our forest walks to outline the history of the Forest Service and illustrate many aspects of current forest management. (Most of the slides are from

our website, many taken by Stewart Ramsay who has kindly agreed that I can use them). I will also show a few slides of the forests in the Dolomites to illustrate the differences between Irish and Continental forestry. I hope

to make the case that forestry plays a significant role in the countryside and deserves public support.

All talks/ slide shows and the Christmas Party are held in Flowerfield Arts Centre,
185 Coleraine Road, Portstewart at 8pm. Supper is provided. Members are requested to contribute £3 per person to cover expenses (hire of Flowerfield Arts Centre,
speaker's travel costs and supper).