Looking at Landscapes: Recent Discoveries in the Yorkshire Dales

Ref: C3671521

Around 8 million people a year visit the Yorkshire Dales National Park to admire the iconic stone walls, barns and idyllic villages. In the story of the Dales landscape these famous features are relatively recent, with the human contribution to the story going back over 10,000 years to the end of the last Ice Age. This day school will look at the ways in which people have worked and shaped the land over these many millennia. Once you know where to look you can find fields that were farmed over 2,000 years ago, and an unassuming group of stones that has far-flung links with ancient astronomical observatories. As well as looking into the past the day school will consider how this landscape can be looked after in the future, addressing some of the issues that affect today’s residents and visitors alike. Participants will have an opportunity to help determine the course of a major development that has been proposed in the Dales.

Course aim

The course will introduce major themes in the development of the iconic landscape of the Yorkshire Dales, illustrated with recent discoveries and the latest research.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify ancient features in the Yorkshire Dales landscape.
  • Recognise the different ages of ancient features in the Dales.
  • Plan a route to visit historically significant areas or locations.
  • Understand conservation issues affecting the Yorkshire Dales.
  • Contribute to the debate on future developments in the Dales.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Looking at Landscapes: Recent Discoveries in the Yorkshire Dales

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