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BLS AGM FIELD OUTING 2016 - Wallington Hall (National Trust), Northumberland

17th January 2016, 10:30

Event Description:

Sunday 17 January 2016

A one day field outing will follow the AGM. This year we will visit Wallington Hall in Northumberland [grid reference NZ027843, postcode NE61 4AR, website www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wallington. ]

Wallington Hall was the home of the Trevelyan family (formerly of Nettlecombe) until it was gifted to the National Trust in 1941. The house was rebuilt in the early 18th century, and the extensive grounds were redesigned at the same time and planted with trees that are now large and mature. There are also woodlands, ponds, and a large walled garden. None of this has been thoroughly surveyed for lichens. The house will not be open to the public that day, but there is plenty to keep us busy in the grounds and of course there is a tea shop and all the usual facilities.

Travel & Access

Wallington is about 20 miles north-west of Newcastle, just off the A696, and about a 35 minute drive from the university. On departure it is easy to get to the A1 south, the A69 west, the A696 to Scotland, or to return to Newcastle for trains or coaches. There is no public transport to Wallington on a Sunday so we will arrange car shares the day before, and we may also have the use of a minibus. We will plan to depart Newcastle at 09.30 am and to meet at Wallington Hall in the car park at 10.30 am. The NT Countryside Manager will then give us a brief introduction to the site and take us through to the gardens.

National Trust members should show their cards on entry and for non-members free access is being arranged, more details of this arrangement will be given at the AGM. If you are not attending the AGM please contact Janet Simkin beforehand (janetsimkin@btinternet.com, 07833 964031) to receive the latest information.

To view a map of the site and the surrounding area see http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?X=402750&Y=584350&A=Y&Z=115

Local Organiser(s): Janet Simkin