SongPath 2019 – Cumbria

Sunday 16th June 2019

Bardsea; Birkrigg; Swarthmoor; Ulverston
In collaboration with Ulverston International Music Festival

SongPath invites you to its inaugural celebration of the restorative powers of walking, talking & music making in the wonderful landscapes of South Cumbria.

We begin at 10am in the eleventh century coastal village of Bardsea, sharing the breathtaking views over Morecambe Bay before making our way to the Bronze Age Stone Circle on the prehistoric limestone pavements of Birkrigg Common. The Woodland Trust’s Swarthmoor Hall Wood comes next, an unsuspecting little haven of ancient woodland on the banks of the Levy Beck, where we’ll sit awhile before continuing to Swarthmoor Hall itself, the historic founding home of the Quaker movement and home to wild meadow and wheelchair-accessible quiet garden for meditation.

All the while, we’ll be exploring the musical & natural treasures to be found in the landscape around us, celebrating what it means to be rooted and what it means to be well.

Fellow travellers include local musicians, Jess Dandy (“rising star” contralto) & Martin Roscoe (classical award-winning pianist), as well as Rufus Harrington, the University of Cumbria’s senior lecturer in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Together with you, they will be making music, talking and meditating on the restorative and grounding qualities of our own SongPaths.

Come along for ten minutes or the whole day – it is entirely up to you.


The event is free for all, but registration is essential as places are limited.

Registration ppens on 1st May via the website.

If you have mobility/accessibility requirements, please contact SongPath in advance.

Donations are encouraged to two local branches of Mind, which do great work with great people in the local are: Mind In Furness & Ulverston Mind.