'Solway Wreath', found objects, sand and acrylic. My thanks to Joe Dias for allowing me to use this image of his work.

BBC Radio4's Open Country joined me on a shorewalk in April 2015: you can hear Caz Graham and me walking, talking, and guddling in the pools on BBC iPlayer.



Come along for an informal guided ramble on the Solway shore near Allonby, to find out more about whelk eggs and worm-built reefs, underwater glues and mussel-power, sand dunes and sea-potatoes, submerged forests ... and much more.

Where, and what to wear

Walks will usually start either from Allonby or from Mawbray Banks car-park (opposite the  Bank Mill Nursery and Café   at Beckfoot -- see map -- where you can get a coffee or a very nice meal before or after the walk) and will last 1½ - 2 hours (depending on the weather).

Since each walk will be for a maximum of 10 people, please book beforehand by phoning 016973 21967 to reserve a place (or send an email) . Sorry, but all children and dogs must be accompanied by a responsible adult!

Wear wellies (you might have to wade through shallow pools - and note that the shore is often rocky and muddy, so bare feet are not an option) and bring warm or waterproof clothing (it can be windy and cool on the shore even if the sun is shining).

The walks are free, but voluntary donations towards the guide's travel and publicity expenses would be gratefully received.

There's further information about what to do on the coast on the Western Lake District website.