GEOGRAPHY OF THE NORTH YORK MOORS FIELD STUDY DAY
With Mark Reid FRGS
Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS), author of ‘The Inn Way’ guidebooks & Mountain Leader
NB: Please provide your own outdoor clothing and kit if you can.
GEOGRAPHY OF THE NORTH YORK MOORS
Spend the day in the North York Moors with Mark Reid FRGS, learning about the physical and human geography of this wonderful area.
We’ll explore Hawnby, Ryedale and the Hambleton Hills on a 10 mile walk, taking in the ‘ridge’ of Hawnby Hill, Arden Hall, the Hambleton Hills escarpment and prehistoric remains.
- Discover the Jurassic geology of the North York Moors, from the Oolite Limestones to the Liassic shales, as well as the effects of ice and erosion.
- Explore the rich history of human settlement, from Bronze Age barrows to Danish place-names and medieval monastic houses.
- We’ll look at ancient oak woodland, heather moorland, drystone walls, windy pits and fossils… plus much more!
This Geography of the North York Moors will introduce you to the key elements that make the North York Moors such a special place, with its topography and landscapes protected as one of the Britain’s 15 National Parks. This full day’s walk will give you an overview and understanding of the North York Moors, how it was formed and shaped, and what makes it so special.
If you love the beauty of the North York Moors, then you’ll enjoy our Geography of the North York Moors field study trip.
Mark Reid has walked many of the paths, tracks, lanes, hills and fells in the North York Moors over the past 30 years. Mark has a Geography Degree from the University of Lancaster, is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) and has also written 17 walking books, including 2 books about the North York Moors. Mark wants to share his passion and knowledge of the North York Moors with you!
We cover around 10 miles over the day of relatively easy walking, following paths and tracks across farmland, riversides, woodland and moorland in the beautiful North York Moors, with some rough, uneven and wet ground in places. The walk will be undulating across hills and valleys, with a short but quite steep climb onto Hawnby Hill, and a more gradual ascent onto Dale Town Common.
OUTLINE OF THE FIELD STUDY DAY
9:30am: Meet at Hawnby in the North York Moors
9:30am – 4:30pm: Full day’s guided walk in the North York Moors, looking at the physical and human geography along the way. The walk will cover around 10 miles over the day, with plenty of rest stops and time to admire the explore and admire the views. Please bring a packed lunch and drinks.
4:30pm – 5pm: De-brief back at Hawnby
YOUR GUIDE - MARK REID
MARK REID is the author of 17 walking guidebooks including ‘The Inn Way’ series. He is a qualified Walking Group Leader, Hill & Moorland Leader and Mountain Leader, and has an unrivalled knowledge of the history and geography of the North of England. Mark has a BA (Hons) Geography degree from the University of Lancaster and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS). Mark Reid has walked over 23,000 miles of footpaths over the past 24 years, and has taken over 12,000 people out walking in the countryside. Mark has appeared on ITV YORKSHIRE on the TV walks series ‘A Breath of Fresh Air’ along with ITV weatherman Jon Mitchell, as well as ITV1’s The Dales.
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EXPERIENCE & FITNESS
- No experience required. Full guidance will be given.
- All walks are tailored specifically for each group according to your needs, aspirations, experience and fitness levels. However, a reasonable level of fitness is required as the natural environment can be demanding at times.
- We usually cover around 10 miles over the course of the day, and there will be plenty of rest stops. The terrain we will be walking across will include uneven ground, rough terrain, stiles, stream crossings, fields, valleys, moorland and hills, tracks and lanes, as well as a number of ascents and descents; we may experience adverse weather conditions.
- We are fully insured (public, civil & professional indemnity insurance)
- All of our instructors are fully qualified and experienced Mountain Leaders
- So far, we have taken over 12,000 people out walking, and have a wealth of experience dealing with all ages and abilities.
- Part of the attraction of hill walking is the challenge of tackling different terrains, landscapes and weather conditions. Every effort is made to minimize potential hazards; however, the very nature of hill walking involves a certain level of unavoidable risk or accident and/or injury. By taking part in this activity, you are aware of and accept these risks.
- Our courses are suitable for all ages. Under 18s (minimum age 14) may attend if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The child must be accompanied at all times during the activity by their parent/legal guardian.
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