Founded 1907

Consett and Vale of Derwent Naturalist Field Club

About Our Club

Club Roots

The Consett & Vale of Derwent Naturalist Field Club was originally founded in 1907 to enable the miners, steelworkers and their families to have regular access to countryside away from the dirt and grime of the town.

The club also had an educational function in stimulating interest in local geography, history, architecture, flora and fauna.

The same principles are followed today, though with a subtle change in emphasis. Apart from the educational aspect, the Club plays an important role in the community by promoting a healthy lifestyle through regular exercise and social integration.

As a community based organisation the Club is prepared to play a full part in helping the local Primary Care Health Trust and the NHS extol the benefits of exercise by "Walking to a healthier lifestyle". The Club attempts to point out to a wider audience that prevention is far better than cure for a healthier life.

The Walks

There are usually 16 organised walks each year from March to October covering the following areas:

Yorkshire, Cleveland, Cumbria, Scotland, Northumberland and Durham.

The walks take place every other Saturday. Travel is inexpensive by coach, there are several pick-up points around Derwentside for walkers to join the coach.

The Walks are graded in to three levels of difficulty:

(A)  - Up to 13 miles - may be strenuous

(B) - 5 to 7 miles can be easy to moderate

(C) - Up to 3 miles always easy

It is always an excellent day out, whatever the weather, and a very good way of making new friends.

Winter Activities

During the winter months the Club members still meet socially at the Citizens House in Consett for a series of winter lectures. These lectures cover a wide range of interesting subjects presented by invited guest speakers

The Club has a very good social atmosphere and all new members of all ages are made very welcome.

Club Holiday

The club also organises a yearly holiday available to members, usually in the early spring.
Recent holidays have been to the Peak District, Scottish Highlands, Loch Lomond and The Welsh Coast.

We have also become affiliated with 'The Walking Partnership who provides direct financial support to walking groups when a club member books a walking holiday through Ramblers World Wide Holidays. See the NEWS page for details.