Specialist Walks

Walk 6: Mysterious Mosses and Lichens (Specialist Walk)

You say ‘litchen’; I say ‘liken’. Let’s call the whole thing ‘moss’. Except, of course, we can’t do that because mosses and lichens are not the same thing at all! Mosses and lichens play a hugely important role in a healthy ecosystem by absorbing carbon dioxide and other pollutants from the air.  But what makes a moss a moss and a lichen a lichen, what can they tell us about the environment, and how do they feed and spread?  Join our local expert, Gordon Beakes, to learn more about these fascinating organisms which thrive on everything from rocks and walls to trees and the woodland floor.

This walk is accessible by public transport as it begins and ends in the Market Place, Haltwhistle.

Distance: Approx 6 – 8 miles       
Ascent/Descent: Undulating
Grade: 2, Moderate
Please allow a full day for this walk.
Meet: 09:50 for 10:00 start at Haltwhistle Market Place (GR: NY708640)
Bring: Packed lunch plus extra layers for standing and listening.


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Walk Information

Walk Date and Time Sun Apr 28th 10:00 am
Registration End Date Wed Apr 24th 6:00 pm
Capacity 15
Available Places 6
Individual Price £15.00
Meeting Point Haltwhistle Market Place
Categories Specialist Walk, Grade 2 - MODERATE

Meeting Point - Haltwhistle Market Place

Grid Ref: GR: NY708640
Postcode: NE49 9DZ
By Car: There is a large car park beside Sainsbury’s, off Fair Hill
By train to Haltwhistle: (www.northernrailway.co.uk)
By bus to Haltwhistle: (www.stagecoachbus.com)