*1st Sept update : This session is now fully booked - thanks for your interest*
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.
The Westmorland Dales is a beautiful but relatively overlooked area of Cumbria which lies to the north of the Howgills. It was included in the extended Yorkshire Dales National Park in 2016 in recognition of its outstanding landscape which, being based on limestone, is more in keeping with the Yorkshire Dales than the Lake District. It also has a very rich cultural heritage and in the past has been described as one of the best preserved prehistoric archaeological landscapes north of Salisbury Plain.
The day will give you an insight into how this landscape has been shaped by people since the end of the ice age 12,000 years ago including remains from the Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Ages as well as the last 2,000 years. David will explain about the work of the Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership, which has been grant funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, and its role in revealing the hidden landscape of the area. Hannah will talk in more detail about a number of the projects including the archaeological survey of Great Asby Scar which has already identified 300 new sites to add to the Historic Environment Record. Friends of the Lake District is the lead partner for the Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme and works closely with the Yorkshire Dales National Park and other partners in its delivery.
Activity grade: Easy although the limestone pavement will be slippery if wet.
Orton market square, NY 622083
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 organised by Friends of the Lake District.
Trainer: David Evans, Scheme Manager; Hannah Kingsbury, Cultural Heritage Officer; both Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership