SongPath 2019

The first SongPath event took place in June 2019 in Cumbria, in collaboration with the Ulverston International Music Festival

Sunday 16 June 2019

Bardsea – Birkrigg Common – Swarthmoor

10am Holy Trinity, Bardsea

  • Registration
  • Tea and coffee served

We begin our journey in the beautiful Holy Trinity Church, with views over Morecombe Bay. There will be music from internationally renowned pianist Martin Roscoe, contralto Jess Dandy and our eight-part SongPath choir, and an introduction to CBT from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy expert Rufus Harrington. Everyone is invited to join in with our SongPath Anthem, composed by Michael Higgins with a text by Emily Dickinson: ‘“Hope” is the thing with feathers’.

11:45am Bardsea Green

The first part of our walk takes in glorious views over the bay and sands, and along the way we’ll encounter pop up birdsong with flautist Anastasia Micklethwaite on Bardsea Green.

12:30pm Birkrigg Common Stone Circle

At the historic stone circle on Birkrigg Common, we enjoy our picnic lunch under the open skies. Along with Cumbrian folk music on the Cumbrian Pipes from Carolyn Francis, we’ll hear about the magnificent geology of the Limestone Pavement (including Norman Nicholson’s poetry), as well as the ritual history of the stone circle.

2:15pm Cumbrian Cow

  • Toilets available
  • Ice-cream served

In this open-sided building that was once a cow-shed, we’ll enjoy an ice-cream as we hear more Cumbrian folk music from Carolyn Francis, this time on the fiddle.

3:30pm Swarthmoor Hall Wood

As we journey on through the ancient Swarthmoor Hall Wood, the surroundings inspire soundscapes from harpist Mary Dunsford and the Furness Music Centre Choir. We also hear from our guest speaker Paul Littlewood from The Woodland Trust about the surrounding forest habitat.

4:10pm Swarthmoor Hall – Wildflower Meadow

  • Tea and cake served

As we reach the final destination of today’s journey, enjoy tea and cake in the Wildflower Meadow at Swarthmoor Hall, while the SongPath Choir and Martin Roscoe perform songs inspired by flowers.

4:30pm Swarthmoor Hall – Conference Room & Courtyard

We end the day in the historic Swarthmoor Hall, home of the Quakers, with music from Martin Roscoe, Jess Dandy and the SongPath Choir, and poetry from Neil Curry. A meditation on light will be led by Jane Pearson from Swarthmoor Hall. As the day ends, there will be the opportunity for small groups to take part in an optional exercise in The Labyrinth outside in the Wildflower Meadow, led by CBT expert Rufus Harrington.



Is the event free?

The event is free for all, and no-one should be put off attending due to financial reasons. We also provide a free transport service from Ulverston (see below for details).

However, donations are encouraged to the mental health charity Mind. Our suggested donation is £10 and all money raised will be split between two local branches: Mind In Furness & Ulverston Mind.

Do I need a ticket?

Yes – the event is free, but a free ticket is essential as places are strictly limited.

Is the event suitable for children?

This SongPath event is for adults (18+) only. We hope to run family friendly and children only events in future.

Can I bring my dog?

Only registered Guide Dogs are permitted inside Bardsea Church and Swarthmoor Hall and its grounds.

Well-behaved dogs (!) are welcome on the walk, but please be aware that the person responsible for the dog may miss out on some of the day’s activities.

How do I travel to and from the event?

By Car: Free parking is available at Bardsea. We will provide a free shuttle service from Swarthmoor Hall back to Bardsea at 5pm – places for this must be booked in advance and are on a first-come, first-served basis. (See below)

By Public Transport: There is a public bus from St Mary’s Church, Ulverston (Stop G) at 10:11am to Peel House, Bardsea, arriving at 10:21am.

By Taxi: Please remember to book your taxi(s) in advance. Geoff’s Taxis: 01229 586666

Free Shuttle Service: We will be providing a free shuttle service at the following times:

9:45am Ulverston train station to Bardsea church

5:00pm Swarthmoor Hall to Ulverston Station AND Bardsea church

Places for this must be booked in advance and are on a first-come, first-served basis. If demand is high, the shuttle will make multiple trips.

What refreshements will be available?

Free tea and coffee will be available from 10-11am at the Old Schoolroom (next to Bardsea Church), and in the afternoon at Swarthmoor Hall.

Please remember to bring your own packed lunch for your Birkrigg Common picnic, as there will be nowhere to purchase this en route.

Remember to ensure you have water with you, so that you can stay hydrated during the day.

Can I bring alcohol with me?

To ensure the day is welcoming to all, we would kindly ask you not to bring alcohol to, or consume it during this event. We reserve the right to ask anyone with alcohol to leave the event.

What clothing should I wear?

Please wear suitable clothing for walking, appriopriate walking shoes or boots, and bring a waterproof coat. We recommend bringing sun cream, a hat and sunglasses.

I have mobility issues, can I take part?

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

Bardsea Church and Swarthmoor Hall and garden are wheelchair accessible, but due to the nature of this event, the walk is unsuitable for wheelchair uses. However, please do get in touch so that we can see if alternative arrangements can be made, as we would love to cater to as many people as possible.

Please note the walk is 3 miles with some uneven terrain and mild inclines.

The event is sold out! Can I still get a ticket?

Unfortunately places are strictly limited, but you can email to join the waiting list.