Our Geology and Geography Camp in the Lake District offers a fantastic opportunity to extend your experience and knowledge whilst being inspired by how geology and geography can shape your future.
This course is aimed at students aged 16-25 with an interest in geology and geography, whether they have studied the subject formally or not.
Are you considering a degree in geology, earth science or physical geography?
The five-day residential at Blencathra is designed for young people aged 16–25 that are looking to improve their field skills and explore the options of a possible career in geoscience or geography.
Geology offers a fascinating window into Earth’s deep past and the foundations of our most iconic landscapes, but can be slightly daunting to the uninitiated.
Geography is all about the question ‘why here?’ You’ll be studying The Lake District World Heritage site where you will use a range of geographical approaches to explore our complex relationship to this landscape.
Our course is designed to develop an appreciation of the basic skills and knowledge of earth science and geography in a fun and supportive environment.
During the course we will explore the world class geological sites Cumbria has to offer, from the explosive volcanics to desert sandstones. You will learn how to describe and categorise rocks in the field and to use a geological notebook to record your observations. In the evening we will briefly set the day in context with fun, interactive sessions. You will also develop transferable skills including team work, communication and leadership.
Tutor: Centre StaffThis course will be led by our experienced and enthusiastic tutors.
Arrive at 12.00
Introduction to the Lake District
Get to know the rest of the group with icebreaker games and an introduction to the Lake District Landscape and Geology on a local walk from the centre.
An introduction to the geological history of the Lake District
Investigating glaciated mountain landscapes
How has the Lake District topography been shaped? There will be a full day out in the mountains visiting the stunning Easedale valley, we will look at the glacial history of the Lake District and the landscape that it has left behind, including it's Quaternary geology.
A look at technologies available to geographers & geologists such as GIS and 3D mapping.
Explore environmental change through time by visiting a range of sedimentary outcrops in the East Lakes and Eden Valley. You will learn how to produce a sedimentary log and how scientists reconstruct past climate change using geological evidence.
Rock speed dating!
Use your newfound skills and get to know some classic rock types.
Ghyll scrambling & Canoeing
Scramble and climb up a Lakeland stream, with plenty of opportunities for jumping in and getting wet!
Canoeing on Derwent Water. This will offer an opportunity for rest and reflection, as well as a chance to develop teamwork, leadership, and communication skills.
A chat round the campfire exploring geological, geographical, environmental, and outdoor education career pathways.
Natural Hazards – living with floods in a warming world
One of the biggest issues facing the Lake District is flooding. Walking from the centre along the old railway line to Keswick, we will look at the impact of flooding on Keswick and the current flooding defences. We will think about how humans have interacted with the landscape to increase the likelihood of flooding and what natural solutions can be used to mitigate the problem.
Return to the centre to sign Duke of Edinburgh books.
Before You Attend
What to Bring
You will need to be prepared for full days outside whatever the weather. In order to stay safe and comfortable you will need:
- Walking boots with ankle support*
- Waterproof jacket and over trousers*
- Lots of warm layers
- Hat and fleece
- Wash kit
- Drinks bottle/flask and lunch box
- Personal medication
- Plenty of warm clothing
All geological field kit will be provided, but you will need:
- Hardback notebook – a waterproof survey book is ideal
- Pencil – propelling is advised to keep a sharp point