Radical Routes

Next gathering

The dates for the next gathering will be

10-12th May 2024

at Talamh in Lanarkshire.

You can contact Gathering group at: Gatherings@RadicalRoutes.org.uk with any queries (please don’t contact the venue itself).

Purpose of Gatherings

  • Radical Routes business – decision-making and discussion, reporting on work done and allocating tasks to do

  • Introduction to how RR works and how to participate in it

  • Keeping up with each other’s co-op news – meeting new members, helping with problems, celebrating achievements

  • Socialising, skill-sharing, inspiring each other – building relationships of trust so we can work together well

  • Meeting new people and spreading consciousness of radical co-operation as a tool for re-making our world.

Who can come?

Gatherings are open to everyone:

  • Delegates of member co-ops

  • Other co-op members, associates and friends who want to participate in the network

  • People from new or existing co-ops who are interested in joining

  • random other visitors or interested people.

What happens there?

  • Delegates of member co-ops need to attend business meetings on behalf of their co-ops

  • Anyone at a gathering can attend any meeting

  • There are workshops (consensus decision-making, facilitation, how to set up a workers co-op), trainings, discussions 

  • at a physical gathering, there are lots of things to do outside meetings: putting up and taking down marquees, hanging out, food prep, kids group, queer space, banner-making, etc.
    at online gatherings, we have space to socialise on Discord, training sessions (e.g. anti-racism, financial literacy) , cake-making, a quiz, board games,

  • New groups should attend the ‘New Groups’ meeting, and new people should attend the introductory sessions

Gatherings are usually quite intense, with lots of people trying to share a lot of information and make lots of decisions in a relatively small amount of time. If you particularly want to communicate with a specific person you don’t know, feel free to ask someone who knows what’s going on for help.


Use this link to register:- Spring Gathering 2024 Registration

Registration deadline:- 5pm Monday, 29th of April 2024


Venue Information

Venue details:  

Talamh Housing Co-op

Birkhill House

Bellfield Road


ML11 0NJ


There is a long distance cycle path running parallel to the M74 (Sustrans N74) on the B7078.

Public Transport:-

From Hamilton bus station stance 3, take the 253 service which departs every half hour.

Take this bus to the very last stop, destination of Coalburn, and continue by foot along this road for approx 2 miles. Talamh is the very last house on the right before the road joins the dual carriageway.

X74 bus from Glasgow or Dumfries to Lesmahgow some pick ups will be arranged (can take bikes on this bus service check procedure with provider stagecoach)

Nearest train stations Larkhall and Lanark some pick ups will be arranged


Happendon Services, also called Cairn Lodge on the B7078, is a good drop off point from the motorway. It is a 15 minute walk to Talamh (see directions below)

By Car:-

From M74 either direction, leave when signed for Happendon/Cairn Lodge Services. From slip road follow the local signs towards Coalburn(B7078). When turning off the B7078 Talamh is 100m on the left.

From Lesmahagow (B7078) follow the road south for 3 miles. Turn right at the sign for Coalburn. Talamh is 100m on the left.

Extended visit:-

We know a lot of people will be travelling long distances to attend the gathering and that public transport can be tricky on a Sunday so we would like to welcome anyone who would like to stay for any or all of the week following the gathering in a fend for yersel and get involved fashion

About Talamh:-

Talamh has been a Housing co-op since the late 90’s, and its 50 acres form a green haven in Lanarkshire just south of Glasgow. The thousands of young native trees planted over the past two decades are growing into woodland, and the pond we created teems with life – the historic land and buildings here provides a mixed habitat for wildlife and people. The current members and an extensive wider community of all ages call this amazing place home.

On the 50 acres that make up the land at Talamh there are young and old woodlands, rivers, a pond, boggy areas, fields and gardens. Paths, paving, steps and tracks are all a bit uneven and wonky. The buildings are also a bit wonky and in various stages of completion. Restoration and building works are ongoing.


There is lots of space to camp on wild grassland and in the woods, some space on the smoother lawn of the paddock and space for some live-in vehicles.


If you are unable to camp please state your needs on the registration form. You can also contact Gatherings and Access working group (gatherings@radicalroutes.org.uk) for more info as there is some limited indoor space, which we will be allocating according to need. We also have a fund to pay for B&B accommodation for those that need it for access reasons. Please let us know asap if you want to access this fund.

As described above access for those with mobility issues is not good at Talamh, due to the uneven ground. However we will do everything we can to support delegates attending, please give details of support needed on the registration form and feel free to contact us on the Gatherings and Access email as above.


There will be two compost toilets and a couple of indoor flushers. There will be stand up and sit down urinals about but also feel free to pee in appropriate places. We will set up temporary compost toilets near the camping area for limited use.

What to bring:-

Everything you need to camp including a tent, sleeping bag, roll mat, towel, (and camping chair if you can)! If you don’t need to travel light and are able to bring your own plate cup spoon it would be a massive help.

● Torch

● Boots/Wellies and wet weather gear

● Warm clothes and sun hats!

● Cash for cake stall and bar

● Songs/ Poems/ Instruments


Limited and mostly off-road! Squeezy in! Lift share and public transport if you can.

Travel Information

Arrival Time:- – these details will be posted here in mid-April


IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU TELL US IF YOU ARE BRINGING CHILDREN. Please fill out information about children you or your coop are bringing when you register for the gathering on the google form and email kidsgroup@radicalroutes.org.uk .

Please register as early as possible so we can plan appropriate activities. We are very glad that you are bringing children to the gathering and we are looking forward to spending time with them. 

(The kids’ space is run by the Kids Working Group. We are a voluntary group of people who are members of co-ops within the network.)

We will be there for the kids while meetings are on but we ask that you come and supervise the children you are responsible for at lunch and dinner so we can eat too. Kids space does not continue into the evening. We will organise child-friendly food/snacks. Food & snacks will be kid friendly & vegan. Please bring clothes for all weathers for your child as we are hoping to go outside!

Kids Group Volunteer Recruitment Procedure

If you are interested in volunteering for Kids group please get in touch as early as possible via PUPA.Education@gmail.com Tarryn (Heartwell co-op) and kidsgroup@radicalroutes.org.uk

There will be a kids group working group meeting on Saturday at 9am for anyone interested in getting involved. Kids group needs more people from regular involvement to occasional support.


Friday 10th

Arrival time: –– these details will be posted here in mid-April 

Saturday 11th 

9.00am: Breakfast

10.00am- 7pm: Meetings and workshops

Sunday 12th 

9.00am: Breakfast

9.30am-2.30pm: Meetings and workshops


Three meals a day plus hot drinks will be provided, and all food will be vegan. It’s best for us if you pay for the whole weekend when you arrive. Card payment for meals is hugely preferred please! If arriving Friday evening, it will be £20. Alternatively if you’re only having a couple of meals they can be paid for individually at £3/meal plus £2 for hot drinks . Kids eat free. If you have any special requirements ie. gluten free, nut free please state on the registration form.


There will be a bar, if someone organises one! Let GAWG know if this could be you!

Chill out round the fire on Friday bring an instrument if you like.

Saturday night band.

NEW GRoups and People

If you’re new to Radical Routes (whether you’re a new member in an existing co-op or you’re a new co-op looking at Radical Routes), there is a series of workshops designed to introduce you to the workings of Radical Routes and Co-ops in general. They’re informative, exciting and essential! If you’re from a new group, it’s essential that you register your presence with Co-op Support Group by attending the New Groups meeting . This is so that they can confirm you have attended the gatherings as required, arrange joining visits and generally keep you on track.
Donations: If you’re attending as a new group/non-member co-op/interested
individual, we would be grateful for a donation if you can afford it, to help cover the costs of putting on a gathering – suggested donation from £15 to £60 per person. We don’t want this to be prohibitive and it is absolutely not compulsory if you’re not in a financial position to do so. There will be a cash collection tin on the Welcome Desk for this.


Nope please due to sheep and lambs.

Other info

Please come and see us at the welcome desk if you can facilitate, co-facilitate or minute take for meetings or workshops – there will be a sign up sheet.

There will also be a sign up sheet for help needed in the kitchen, washing up rota etc