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Guided geology walks 2019 Lake District

Fire & Ice A full day’s walk looking at the rocks and glacial history of Borrowdale, revealing evidence for ancient volcanic landscapes including meeting a volcanic bomb!

Meet at Seatoller NT Car park 10am. Full day, not strenuous. 6miles.

£30 per person; group of 4 adults £100.

DATES: JULY 19, 29, AUGUST 23, 26

Mind the [time] gap! Two part walk (using cars between the parts) based at Shap (M6 Junction 39) First half of the day looks at Shap abbey unconformity and an unusual intrusion at Rosgill. The second half of the day looks at fossils and structures in the limestones near Orton.

Meet initially at Shap Memorial hall CP for 10am. Full day. Not strenuous. Total 4 miles.

£30 per person; group of 4 adults £100.

DATES: JULY 21,  AUGUST 25

Close up and personal Get a closer in-depth look at the Borrowdale Volcanic Group—and learn about the story of the Lake District’s volcanic past. Discover the evidence for volcanic ash mixing with rain fall, deathly white-hot ash clouds and lava flows.  Wrynose Fell/Pike of Blisco.

Meet initially at Blea tarn NT carpark in Little Langdale. A full day’s excursion off paths requiring strong footwear.

£30 per person; group of 4 adults £100.

(Poor weather alternative on Side Pike will be offered) Both walks strenuous. 3.5 or 2.5 miles. Periods of standing still take place during this walk. Take enough clothing to be warm.

DATES: JULY 22,  AUGUST 2,  5

 

YOU WILL NEED TO BRING PLENTY OF FOOD FOR LUNCH AND PLENTY TO DRINK TO AVOID DEHYDRATION ON ALL THESE WALKS. STOUT FOOTWEAR AND WET WEATHER CLOTHING WILL BE REQUIRED.

ALL WALKS ARE PLANNED TO END BETWEEN 4 & 5pm AND INVOLVE STOP-STARTS

Full details of  where to meet will be provided after you have applied to join a walk.

Handouts, maps and background information are provided free of charge for most of the walks.

BOOK NOW THROUGH THIS WEBSITE: (Don’t just turn up because the walk does not take place unless there is a minimum number)

Booking closes at 5pm the previous day

Stephen will require full contact details on application

On the day please provide details of an emergency contact and any health issues which might affect your participation on the walk.

 

 Ten week course 2 hours per week:

ROCKS AND LANDSCAPES OF THE LAKE DISTRICT & CUMBRIA

 Discover the story of Cumbria’s varied geology based on up-to-date knowledge and giving practical experience.  Beginners welcome.

STARTING Thurs SEPT 19 2019 (excl Oct 24)

10 WEEKLY SESSIONS THURSDAY EVENINGS

7pm to 9pm

with additionally 2 FULL-DAY FIELD TRIPS (weekends)

Tutor: Stephen Mott M.Sc., B.Sc., PGCE

Classes held at Austin Friars School, Etterby Scaur Carlisle.

£125 PER PERSON BASED ON A CLASS OF 10

The course may not run if there are too few applicants so please -

BOOK BY CLOSING DATE Monday Sept 15

Book NOW with Stephen Mott through this website

who will contact you later with final details.

             

 I am able to offer field trips for small groups on application via this website.

Visitors and holidaymakers who wish to be given a day or half-day introduction to the rocks and scenery of parts of Cumbria and Yorkshire, or be introduced to some of the better birdwatching in eastern Cumbria and North-west Yorkshire should get in touch.

Rates are charged per person.

Examples: Rocks and Scenery:

Rocks and scenery of Borrowdale, (Keswick) Lake District

Rocks and scenery of Shap area

The Cross Fell Inlier

The North Pennine Ore field

Examples: Birdwatching:

Birds of Wet Sleddale/Shap/Lowther valley

Looking for Ring Ouzels in Swaledale (April only)

Wading birds and black grouse in the North Pennines

PROSPECTIVE PARTICIPANTS MUST CONTACT ME VIA THIS WEBSITE FIRST

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SOME BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Stephen Mott undertook undergraduate study at Hatfield College , Durham University where he took a B.Sc in geology. At that time, the Department of Geological Sciences of the University of Durham had a very strong reputation nationally and internationally. Stephen was taught by some of the most influential scientists of the time whose reputations were well established. He studied Carboniferous stratigraphy and palaeontology with Dr GAL (Tony) Johnson whose enthusiasm for the uplands of the north of England encouraged Stephen's embryonic love for the Pennine geology, flora and fauna. Stephen's undergraduate dissertation was on the Carboniferous rocks of Rombalds Moor, between Ilkley and Baildon, Yorkshire and before he had completed the write-up, he had been invited to lecture on the work at a Bradford Naturalists' Society winter meeting which was held at the University of Bradford. Stephen was also taught by Professor (later Sir) G Malcolm Brown FRS, and Professor Sir Kingsley Dunham FRS whose  pioneering work on the genesis of the North Pennine Ore field still holds authority. In matters of geophysics and plate tectonics he was inspired by the rapid fire lectures from Professor Martin H P Bott FRS. Stephen's great love and enthusiasm for the Tertiary (palaeogene) Volcanic District of Scotland came from the quietly spoken enthusiam of Ulsterman Dr C Henry Emeleus with his dry sense of humour and his love of O gauge model railways. There were others, of course, equally influential in structural geology, sedimentology and other areas, of course. The department was perhaps fortunate in that almost all of its academic staff were not simply world-renowned in their field of research, but good teachers too.  Such a combination is all too rare in university education. Field excursions for the undergraduate courses were held in the UK. Northern England, Southern Scotland, West Wales and North-west Scotland. Nowadays field excursions take place outside the UK.

Tony Johnson once remarked to Stephen on a field excursion - "you 'll end up being one of the last great naturalists".  Choosing to ignore the word "great" as a wind-up, Stephen asked "What do you mean by the word 'last'". Tony's answer has proved to be prescient. "People will become too specialised to be all rounders - too specialist to be proper naturalists, so that they will lose sight of the whole story and  how things work together".

Stephen has tried to be a true naturalist. And those joining his courses and field trips should find this to be so.