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Guided walk: Drystone walls in Wasdale - A generational struggle to tame a wild landscape

Brought to you for the Festival of Archaeology, join our rangers on a walk through Wasdale to see its enormous "consumption" walls. Learn what they tell us about the many generations who have shaped the cultural landscape of the Lake District.

  • Booking essential
  • Free event

Walking through the history of the first agricultural settlers in Wasdale – Row Head and Burnthwaite Farms. We will see up close examples of the walling structures that began to change the landscape in order to domesticate animals; eking out an existence in this harsh environment. We will continue to look at the development of walling enclosures, their uses and history through the ages.

We will initially be gaining some height towards Wasdale head to get an overview of the first mosaic walling structures. Later, dropping down onto the farm in-byes and walking through the historical structures of walls and their various uses and styles. We will walk back to where we began following Lingmell Beck giving us an example of the biggest changes that have been made in the valley.

Initially gaining some height towards Wasdale head to get an overview of the first mosaic walling structures, we will then drop down onto the farm inbyes and walk through the historical structures of walls while talking about their various uses and styles. To finish, we will walk back to where we began following Lingmell Beck, giving us an example of the biggest changes that have been made in the valley.

Times

The basics

Booking details

Call 0344 249 1895

Suitability

Suitable for children 12 and up

Meeting point

Please meet us at the National Trust Lake Head Car Park in Wasdale, CA20 1EX Grid ref: NY182075 what3words:///spelling.cold.alongside

What to bring and wear

Please dress for the weather with sturdy walking shoes or boots. Bring a water bottle and snacks if needed.

Accessibility

We will cover roughly 3 miles going over rough mountain paths including small rocky steps, kissing gates, footbridges, boggy areas and stiles. 150m ascent.

Other

The car park is pay and display, free for members. Price for 4 hours is £7, please bring cash. All funds go directly to looking after the landscape for everyone, for ever.

Contact info

National Trust North and West Lakes Office

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Event summary

on
24 May to 17 Aug 2024
at
20:00 to 21:30
+ 3 other dates or times