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. The sessions are also offered as accredited Continuous Professional Development training through the Mountain Training Association.

Why Landscape Matters
Landscape is our support system without which we could not exist. Everyone depends on landscape for food, water, fuel and clean air.

A beautiful and diverse landscape with a wealth of wildlife and human history inspires and enriches our lives and provides a ‘natural health service’ for mind and body. But our fragile landscapes are under threat as never before, not least from climate change, and our challenge is to understand, support and enhance them.

Leaders' Landscape Training Programme Outline 2019

Read more detail about the training sessions here (pdf)

Theme Date and Location
1. Night Navigation on the Fells: Tools for after-dark exploration
Joe Faulkner - NAV4 Adventure

Friday 5th April
Askham, nr Penrith
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

2. Bird Habitats of the Lake District – a guide of what to see and where
Stephen Mott

Weds 8th May
Swindale and Haweswater
10 am – 4 pm
3. Geology: A story of rocks and landscape
Stephen Mott
Weds 22nd May
Langdale Fells
10 am – 4 pm
4. Identifying Upland Flora and Wildlife
Ian Brodie – Open Spaces Society and National Trust volunteer at Sizergh
Weds 19th June
10 am – 3:30 pm
5. Pollinators in Peril: Upland hay meadow creation and their importance to bees and other pollinators.
Dr Jan Darrall – Policy Officer, Friends of the Lake District
Julia Pigott – www.beeed.org.uk
Tues 25th June
High Borrowdale
10 am – 2 pm
6. Our Common Cause: Understanding common land and hill farming in the UNESCO World Heritage Site Lake District
Viv Lewis (Federation of Cumbria Commoners) and hill farmer and commoner
Mon 15th July
10 am – 2 pm
7. Mining history in Coniston Coppermines Valley
John Dennis – Lake District National Park Voluntary Ranger & Guided Walk Leader
Fri 16th August
10:30 am – 3:30 pm
8. Wild Food and Foraging in the Lake District
Andrew Tomlinson – Wild Lakes Foraging
Mon 26th August
Rusland Valley
10 am – 4 pm
9. The Sheep Fleece path: A tale of people, climate, upland path erosion and repair in the Lake District
Richard Fox – LDNP Fix the Fells Ranger

Fri 6th September
10 am – 4 pm

10. Landscape Character in the Grasmere Valley
Dr Kate Willshaw – Policy Officer, Friends of the Lake District
Weds 2nd October
Grasmere and Rydal
10 am – mid afternoon
11. Cumbria's Rainforests: An introduction to a forgotten aspect of our natural heritage.
April Windle - Plantlife Senior Project Officer: Looking Out for Small Things.
Tues 15th October
10 am – 4 pm

Read more detail about the training sessions here.


To book on a session or to be added to our mailing list to receive information about the programme, please contact [email protected] or phone 01539 720788. Places are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

“I thought the trainer was excellent. Very knowledgeable about wildlife and explained things in a very clear way. Usually when I go out on the Fells it is about getting from A to B. This day demonstrated that it’s not how many miles you cover but what you take time to look at on the way that is important!”

“Fantastic location, lots of information in a short distance. Great trainer.”

“Excellent, informative, enjoyable.”

“Really interesting day - refreshing to learn something new.”

LEADERS' LANDSCAPE TRAINING SESSIONS are accredited by Mountain Training Association and are recognised as Continuous Professional Development for members.

Friends of the Lake District’s Leaders' Landscape Training Programme for 2019 is kindly sponsored by:

www.conquerlakedistrict.co.uk CONQUER Lake District design and create National Park goods that have a touch of the nostalgia about them.