Information about the NRWS

NORTHUMBERLAND RAILWAY WALKS SOCIETY

Walking in our region is an ideal way to explore this ancient kingdom. Join us and enjoy the privilege of wandering over miles of countryside, Make new friends whilst helping to preserve the rich railway heritage of the region. Whatever your interests may be in the great outdoors, you will find them in our Society.  If you are interested in becoming a member of the Society, please contact the Membership Secretary for an application form.

Formed in 1986, our society was set up originally to try to preserve those railway lines left abandoned and torn up after the Beeching cuts and to persuade councils to turn them, wherever possible, into footpaths for all to enjoy.  Since that time we have slowly broadened our scope to include industrial and historical heritage walks.  Our walking programmes now incorporate a generous mixture of rail, urban and countryside walks through which we can all discover our glorious countryside.

 

Our aims are:

 

1.     To promote an annual programme of walks and social events.

2.     To explore the disused railway lines and waggon ways in the Northern Region.

3.     To encourage interest in the walking and conservation of such lines.

4.     To encourage and promote heritage railways.

5.     To encourage interest in the industrial and historical archaeology of our region.

6.     To give out up to date information through the society’s magazine.

7.     To encourage the conservation of the natural environment.

 

We extend a warm welcome to all who love exploring our countryside in all its many guises.  Give us a try, you will not be disappointed!

 

For membership details, please refer to the form attached or contact the Membership Secretary for further details of walks dates etc. or check out details of the walks programme via our web site http;//www.northrailwalks.org.uk

 

Society Code of Conduct


1. Walks on disused railway lines are often undertaken with the permission of the landowner.

THEREFORE, PLEASE RESPECT THEIR PROPERTY AND FOLLOW CLOSELY THE ROUTE TAKEN BY THE WALK LEADER. WE STRONGLY ADVISE AGAINST WALKING LINES ON YOUR OWN, EXCEPT THOSE, WHICH HAVE BEEN CONVERTED TO A RIGHT OF WAY. YOU WILL PROBABLY BE TRESSPASSING ON PRIVATE LAND!

 

2. The leader has the authority to bar from participating at any time; anyone whom they feel is not suitably dressed or equipped for the outing. The walk leader also has the authority to exclude anyone whose behaviour is considered unacceptable.

 

3. The Society accepts no liability for any loss or injury (accidental or otherwise) sustained during Society events or outings. Furthermore, no liability can be accepted by the Society for anyone found trespassing after leaving the main party during any event.

 

4. A back marker will be appointed before every organised walk to ensure that all gates are closed and that walkers arrive at each stopping point safely.

 

5. Dogs cannot be allowed in view of the potential hazard to livestock and wildlife, with the exception of guide dogs or unless specified in the programme.


6. Being a responsible Society we make every effort to follow the Country Code:

·         Leave no litter

·         Guard against all risks of fire

·         Close and fasten all gates

·         Make use of stiles wherever possible

·         Avoid damaging fences, hedges or walls

·         Keep to paths when crossing farmland

·         Safeguard water supplies

·         Protect wildlife, plants and trees

·         Leave livestock, crops and machinery alone

·         Respect the countryside

·         Make no unnecessary noise

·         Heed warning notices

 


TIPS TO HELP YOU MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR DAY

Walking is a wonderful way to get to know new places in good company and lovely surroundings.

Our walks are very informal and everyone is welcome.

Longer walks may be more strenuous but anyone of average fitness should be able to cope with any gradients we may encounter on the way.

It is advisable not to wear denims as if they become wet; they stay wet and can prove very uncomfortable.

Wear appropriate footwear for walking, as conditions can sometimes get rather boggy underfoot.

Always carry warm clothing and a waterproof, either with a hood or a separate woollen hat. You should also carry a First Aid kit with you 

Bring a packed lunch or a snack for all day walks, along with a drink.

Please do not leave any valuables in your car.

If you do not have transport, contact a Committee Member who may be able to put you in contact with someone to make a private arrangement.


   

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Extract from NRWS Constitution 

Subscription. There shall be an annual subscription the amount of which shall be recommended by the Committee and determined by the membership at the Annual General Meeting. The annual subscription shall be due on the 1st October each year. If, after notification by the Secretary, a member has not paid his/her membership by the date of AGM (November) of that year, his/her membership shall be deemed to have lapsed. Members who have paid their annual subscription shall be entitled to bring any of their children under the age of 16 to events free of charge - provided that this shall not apply to any event for which there is an independent charge.