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About Leader's landscape training:
Landscape is our support system without which we could not exist.
Everyone depends on landscape for food, water, fuel and clean air.
A beautiful and diverse landscape with a wealth of wildlife and human history inspires and enriches our lives and provides a ‘natural health service’ for mind and body. But our fragile landscapes are under threat as never before, not least from climate change, and our challenge is to understand, support and enhance them.
Leader’s Landscape Training is aimed at outdoor practitioners to help deepen your understanding of Cumbria’s landscapes and enable you to pass on your new-found knowledge to those with whom you work.
This course is the story of volcanoes, islands arcs, plate tectonics and earthquakes. We will look at details of the hard rock geology of the Borrowdale Volcanic Group and the story of its formation. Some context will be given so that the story can be appreciated as part of a longer history of the Lake District’s evolution. Those who have been on previous training in Borrowdale itself will find that this builds on that excursion.Alongside the hard rock story, the course will look at the reasons behind the current shape of the landscape. This is the much more recent story of the Ice age shaping the volcanic rocks into the crags, fells and valleys we see today and for which the Lake District is justly famous.Learning outcomes:
1.A broad knowledgeof the hard rock types that make up the varied rocks of the Borrowdale Volcanic Group, encountering
examples which can be found elsewhere in the central Lake District.
2.Some understanding of the geological processesthat took place resulting in the formation of these rocks using the geological principle that the “present day is the key to the past.”
3.An understanding of the current landscapewill through careful, structured teaching of Ice age processes using local landforms to demonstrate these processes.
4.Participants should gain basic interpretiveskillswhich will enable you to see the landscape with informed eyes and apply these skills elsewhere in the Lake District.
Participants will be encouraged to explore and develop their understanding through direct and immediate contact with the environment. i.e. get your hands dirty! A day course booklet will be provided, with base maps and routes.
EITHER: Three Shires Stone NY277077 OR Blea Tarn Car park NY295043 (to be confirmed nearer the time depending on number of participants)
What to bring:
A picnic lunch & clothing/footwear for all weathers. (Please note there is no indoor backup venue so the sessions will go ahead in poor weather unless unreasonable or unsafe to do so)
This workshop is hosted and organised by Friends of the Lake District (Tutor: Stephen Mott)