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Geology of the Lakes: an introduction

01 - 03 May 2020
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Event type:
Endorsed CPD Course, Field Trip
Organised by:
Higham Hall College
Higham Hall College, Cumbria
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Why does the topography and scenery of the Lake District vary so much - from rolling Kendal foothills to jagged Central Fell mountain peaks, to Skiddaw's majestic yet rounded mountain scenery in the north? Travel through almost 500 million years of geological history - a story of the closure of ancient oceans, volcanoes, Himalayan-scale mountain ranges, tropical seas, swamps, deserts and ice ages.

The course provides a thorough introduction to the geology of the Lake District, provided via:

  • A series of PowerPoint presentations
  • A series of practical sessions interspersed with the presentations where appropriate, to look at a large selection of rocks, minerals, fossils, thin sections and geological maps from the Lake District. A large selection of rocks, minerals and fossils from around the world are also available for students to handle
  • A session devoted to economic geology - mines, quarries, building stones, minerals, graphite etc.
  • A field trip(s) to examine Skiddaw and Borrowdale Volcanic Group rocks and glacial features in Borrowdale, weather and fitness-levels of the group dependent

Date and time

6.30pm on Friday 1 May 2020 to 4.00pm on Sunday 3 May 2020


Higham Hall College
Bassenthwaite Lake
CA13 9SH

Cost and booking information

Course fee, including residential accommodation at Higham Hall and all meals (breakfast, lunch and evening meal), is £243. The non-residential course fee is £174, which includes lunch and evening meal. 

Please contact Higham Hall directly to book on to the course.


Dr Annette McGrath

Venue contact

Convenor Contact

Higham Hall College

Tel: 017687 76276

Dr Annette Mcgrath