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The Society has two full-day meetings each year at venues within Cumbria. The Spring Meeting incorporates the Association's Annual General Meeting and moves from site to site. It is usually held on the third Saturday in March. The Autumn Meeting is usually held on the second Saturday in November.


Saturday 16th June 2018 – Furness Railway Piel Branch

This outing, which will be led by CRA Member Howard Quayle, will explore the remains of the Furness Railway’s Piel branch, which opened on 24 August 1846 as part of the original main line, and which closed on 6 July 1936. Walking distance from a point near Salthouse Junction to Roa Island, via the causeway from Rampside, is approximately 3 miles, with most of this being footpath or pavement (across the causeway). Adjacent to the listed Roa Island Hotel (no longer in use as licensed premises), the remains of the approach to Piel Pier will be inspected. Rampside station (also known as “Concle” station for a short period in 1868-1869) will be passed en route and be pointed out, although what remains has now been incorporated into a private house. The curious name “Concle” is derived from the adjacent inn.

Anyone who would like to attend the trip, but is not a member of the CRA, will need to be registered as a Day Member of the CRA, for which a charge of £1 will be made. Apart from that, the trip will be free to members as usual – there may be a nominal charge for handouts, although these are now sent electronically where possible, so are free.

It will simplify arrangements on the day if you let me know in advance if you are intending to join us. Contact me by email from HERE or on 01539 735886.

We will need a scribe for the field trip, if someone would be kind enough to volunteer.

Transport arrangements will be made in due course: one possibility will be to use the No.11 Ulverston-Coast Road- Barrow service, which is shown as still operating at the time of writing.

Final details will be provided in the next Lakes Express.

Ian Lydiatt

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Details of our past Field Trips, can be found by following the link at the top of the page