Our Leaders' Landscape Training Sessions are aimed at outdoor practitioners to help deepen their understanding of Cumbria’s landscapes and enable them to pass on their new-found knowledge to those with whom they work. 

You don't have to be a Mountain leader to book a place on this activity but priority will be given to Mountain leaders if the event is oversubscribed. 

Leaders' Landscape Training 2024
Life of the hill bred Fell Pony 
Date: Friday 21st June
10am - 4pm
Session content:  The Fell Pony is native to Cumbria and has roamed the northern fells for centuries.  Semi-wild herds of fell ponies have helped create the landscape and are part of its heritage and history.
There are no truly wild ponies in Britain anymore, and the term ‘semi-feral’ is more generally used to refer to privately-owned herds of ponies that live out all year round.  These ponies may be handled only once or twice a year when the mares are brought to the stallion and when foals are weaned.  We will visit one herd on the High Borrowdale fells and hear about the ecology of this unique breed, how they survive the harsh environment of the Cumbrian hills, the links between people and ponies throughout history, their role in conservation grazing and how they have shaped the landscape both past and present. 
Dependent on where the ponies are will determine how long a walk we have (between 5-12 miles).  The route is along the bridleway to High Borrowdale, then on open fell, so it will be mixed terrain.  We will have an ATV vehicle to shuttle people up the fell where needed but be prepared for uphill walking on rough terrain (tussocky grass and bog in places).
Leaders:  Libby Robinson (Fell Pony Heritage Trust Chair and breeder of Globetrotter Fell Ponies) and Dave Powell (FPHT Trustee and co-breeder of Globetrotter Fell Ponies).  With Friends' Landscape Engagement Officer Kay Andrews.
Location:  Roundthwaite car parking area 
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Grid Reference: NY 61051 02919
Start and finish time: 10am – 4pm.  Please be there in good time for a 10am start
Walk grade:  Moderate – steep hill and uneven ground
Please bring:  Lunch, drink, waterproofs, sturdy footwear, sun protection.  A pen and paper to take any notes.
Please note:  If you are no longer be able to attend the event, please contact us so we can offer your place to someone else.  Any cancellations within 48 hours of the event will not receive a refund.

Leader Landscape Training Sessions are accredited by Mountain Training Association and are recognised as Continuous Professional Development for members.

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