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The ancient rocks of Lakeland

18 - 21 June 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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This is an advanced course for people with some knowledge, or who have already attended our Geology of the Lakes: an introduction course at Higham Hall.

This course will examine the early-mid Palaeozoic (Late Cambrian/Ordovician to Devonian) geological origins of the Lake District in detail, through a series of talks and practical sessions. We will scrutinise the deep sea sediments of the lost Iapetus Ocean, followed by an examination of the cataclysmic volcanoes that once reigned in this area. Our investigations will complete with the final collision of the supercontinent Pangaea in the Devonian Period.

The course provides detailed information on the Early to Mid-Palaeozoic (Late Cambrian/Ordovician to Devonian) geology of the Lake District, provided via:

  • A series of PowerPoint presentations
  • Time to look at a large selection of rocks, minerals, fossils, thin sections and geological maps from the Palaeozoic of the Lake District. A large selection of rocks, minerals and fossils from around the world are also available for students to handle
  • Several field trips to examine early- to mid-Palaeozoic geology in the Lake District - so bring walking boots with non-slip tread and ankle support, plus warm and waterproof clothes

Date and time

6.30pm on Thursday 18 June 2020 to 1.30pm on Sunday 21 June 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 £345. The non-residential course fee is £244, 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