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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.
Water is rarely in short supply in Lake District and the frequency of heavy rainfall events is predicted to increase due to climate change. But as well as a sometimes destructive force, water has, historically, been harnessed as a force for good.
The historical development of Coniston and the surrounding High Furness area was predominantly driven by two industries, namely slate and copper mining. These industries were heavily reliant on water and wood, both of which Coniston possessed in abundance; the area around Coniston would have been heavily forested at the time.
This 5 mile walk will visit some of the historical mining sites and you’ll learn about the lives (often very short) of the people who worked high up on the fells to earn a living from mining. The way in which early water engineering was used in order to provide power to drive mine machinery will be seen.
Coniston TIC Car Park GR SD 3032 9756 Postcode LA21 8EH.
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: John Dennis–Lake District National Park Voluntary Ranger & Guided Walk Leader)