GEOGRAPHY OF THE YORKSHIRE DALES 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 YORKSHIRE DALES
Spend the day in the Yorkshire Dales with Mark Reid FRGS, learning about the physical and human geography of this wonderful area.
We’ll explore Buckden and Upper Wharfedale on a 8 mile walk, taking in the summit of Buckden Pike (702m), the hamlets of Cray and Hubberholme as well as the glaciated valley of the River Wharfe.
- Discover the physical geography of the Yorkshire Dales – from the Great Scar Limestone to the Yoredale series & Millstone Grit.
- Explore the rich history of human settlement – Cray Barrow (Bronze Age), amazing Iron Age settlements, Norse farmsteads and place-names, Norman hunting forest and a Quaker meeting house.
- We’ll look at drystone walls, lead mines, hay-meadows, sheep breeds… plus much more!
This Geography of the Yorkshire Dales will introduce you to the key elements that make the Yorkshire Dales 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 Yorkshire Dales, how it was formed and shaped, and what makes it so special.
If you love the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales, then you’ll enjoy our Geography of the Yorkshire Dales field study trip.
Mark Reid has walked almost all of the paths, tracks, lanes, hills and fells in the Yorkshire Dales 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 6 books about the Yorkshire Dales. Mark wants to share his passion and knowledge of the Yorkshire Dales with you!
We cover around 8 miles over the day, following paths across farmland, valleys, riversides, woodland, moorland, hills and fells in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, with some rough, uneven and wet ground in places. Please note: the path up Buckden Gill to the summit of Buckden Pike is narrow with some steep drops to the side of the path in places. There are some sections of scrambling up limestone rock steps as well as a couple of stream crossings to make. Limestone is slippery when wet.
OUTLINE OF THE FIELD STUDY DAY
9:30am: Meet at Buckden village car park in the Yorkshire Dales
9:30am – 4:30pm: Full day’s guided walk in the Yorkshire Dales, looking at the physical and human geography along the way. The walk will cover around 8 miles over the day, with plenty of rest stops and time to admire the explore and admire the views.
4:30pm – 5pm: De-brief back at Buckden
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 24,000 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 8 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, hills and fells, tracks and lanes, as well as a number of ascents and descents; we may experience adverse weather conditions. We may climb up to the summit of Buckden Pike (702m).
- 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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