Course overview

During this single session the tutor will offer an overview of the area of England that we know as the Peak District. After a short introduction to the geology we will gain an understanding of the landscape contrasts between the White Peak and the Dark Peak. This leads naturally to a consideration of the flora, fauna and cultural history of Britain’s first national park. By the end of this session you will be able to summarise main geological and historical features of the Peak District National Park. This class will take place in a fun, friendly and supportive online environment.

Course description

The course starts with a definition of the area named the Peak District and the role that the two main rocks – limestone and Millstone Grit have played in defining both the natural landscape as well as the cultural landscape.

We will visit some of the unique folk traditions of the area and gain a flavour of some of the great houses as well as understanding the lives of ordinary people in history. The Peak District played an important part on the campaigns for countryside access and we will

explore the history of this alongside some of the current debates about countryside management.

The role of countryside access in promoting well-being and good mental health will be covered and will include the pioneering work of campaigned Ethel Haythornthwaite.

The course will offer you a framework within which to select parts of the Peak Park that each students could choose as part of their plans for a visit to the area.

If you live near the Peak District this course is an exciting chance to learn more about the countryside on your doorstep. Or if you live further a field no doubt it will ignite your interest in visiting this beautiful part of the world.

What financial support is available?

We don't want anything to stand in your way when it comes to bringing Adult learning within reach so if you need anything to support you to achieve your goals then speak to one of our education experts during your enrolment journey. Most of our courses are government funded but if you don't qualify or need alternative financial help to access them then let us know.

What other support is available?

All of our digital content, teaching and learning activities and assessments are designed to be accessible so if you need any additional support you can discuss this with the education experts during your enrolment journey and we will do all we can to make sure you have optimal access.

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