Over this long weekend you will journey into, through and around some of the most spectacular scenery that England has to offer, and get to see some of the country’s rarest wildlife along the way. Our experienced tutors will tailor the itinerary to suit the ages and abilities of the group and locations visited could include:
- The dramatic limestone features of Malham Cove (featured in Harry Potter) and Gordale Scar (subject of a poem by William Wordsworth)
- The classic dales landscape of Upper Wharfedale
- The impressive industrial archaeology of the old Craven Limeworks, including bee orchids
Throughout each day there will be plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife, activities to help explore the different locations and time to simply enjoy the experience of spending quality time together outside. As well as excursions away from the centre each day we will make time to explore what can be found in the area immediately around the centre, including the hundreds of bats which roost in the centre buildings, otters and water voles around the tarn and the rich variety of birdlife found in the woods and on water.
Please not that although this course will accommodate the needs of the group where possible, the nature of the activities and sites means that walking over uneven ground, over stiles and up and down steps is inevitable. Children of all ages are welcome but pushchairs, even all terrain versions, won’t be manageable. If you are at all unsure about whether or not this course will be suitable for you and your family please get in touch to discuss.
Please note: You will be sharing a room with just you and your family. We anticipate that this course will run with between 4 and 16 participants.
Tutor: Iain HartshorneIain Hartshorne is an experienced FSC tutors and Education Team Leader, who has worked at FSC centres across the country. Alongside teaching school and university field courses he has experience working with youth and community groups to help interpret the natural world and inspire young learners to find out more about the environment.
Tutor: Alex ConwayAlex Conway and Iain Hartshorne are both experienced FSC tutors who have worked at centres across the country. Alongside teaching school and university field courses both have experience working with youth and community groups to help interpret the natural world and inspire young learners to find out more about the environment.
- Please arrive between 3.00pm and 5.00pm on arrival day, allowing time to settle into your room before evening meal which is usually around 6.00pm.
- The course will begin formally after dinner with an introduction to the Centre.
- The course will end at 3.00pm on the last day and we ask that rooms are vacated by 9.30am.
Before You Attend
What to bring:
- Warm clothes and a torch for evening studies
- Waterproof jacket and trousers *
- Walking boots, wellington boots *
- Warm clothing, hat, scarf, gloves, thick socks
- Small rucksack, flask / water bottle
- Packed lunch container
- Sun cream, insect repellent
*These items can be borrowed at the centre