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Highlights of the Lake DistrictBL. O. 31 Aug-04 Sep. Fri-Tue. £360. £270On this course we will explore thehighlights of the Lake District in four dayscovering four different themes; archaeology,landscape, buildings and the National Park.Each day will be packed with interest andwill involve some walking, though notover-strenuous. Don't forget to bring yourcamera, you will not be disappointed. TimFoster is the Head of the Blencathra Centreand has spent the last 25 years in teachingand management posts in secondary,further and higher education and prior tothat worked in construction and the oilindustry.Discovering Timber-Framed Buildings in Suffolk and EssexFM. O. 05 Oct-07 Oct. Fri-Sun. £240. £172Suffolk and Essex are especially rich insurviving medieval timber-framed housesand this weekend offers insights into thedevelopment and dating of them. Illustratedlectures and visits to privately owned houseswill help you understand how to 'read' thesefascinating buildings and learn about thepeople who lived in them. John Walkerischairman of the Essex Historic BuildingsGroup and an enthusiastic advocate of thecarpenter's craft. Interpreting the Gaelic LandscapeKD. O. 02 Nov-05 Nov. Fri-Mon. £189. £142This weekend course aims to provide non-Gaelic speakers with tools that will allowthem to interpret and enjoy Scotland'sGaelic landscape. The course will be heldindoors and will emphasise correctpronunciation of place names as well asvisual interpretation of features on maps ofthe Highlands. Roddy Macleanis anInverness-based Gaelic journalist andbroadcaster, and author of publications onHighland place names.HistoricTransportAll historic transport courses in 2012 are ledby railway enthusiast David Alison. Davidis a popular and experienced course leaderwho has a passion for railway travel and hastravelled as far afield as China and SouthAfrica in pursuit of steam.Steaming Through SnowdoniaRC. O. 27 Jul-02 Aug. Fri-Thu. £565. £410North Wales possesses a wealth of utterlycharming narrow-gauge railways, many ofwhich have been restored to carry visitorsthrough some of the UK's most spectacularscenery. Steam traction is used virtuallythroughout. Learn the history of these linesand travel on many of them, including theworld-famous Snowdon summit railway.On most days there will be opportunitiesfor short walks and local sightseeing. Thecourse fee includes all railway journeys andentrance fees during the course. Settle-Carlisle and Steam in the NorthMT. O. 10 Aug-17 Aug. Fri-Fri. £760. £545Explore the fascinating history of thisfamous line, a marvel of Victorianengineering passing through majesticscenery. As well as travelling by train(steam, if it is running!) from Settle toCarlisle, you will also visit three preservedsteam railways, a canal cruise and theWensleydale Railway. You do not need tobe a railway buff, but if you enjoy beautifulscenery, train travel, local history, natureand a whiff of nostalgia, then this course isfor you! Steaming Round the LakesBL. O. 20 Aug-24 Aug. Mon-Fri. £360. £270One of the best ways to see the beauty of theLake District is to use steam trains andsteamers (and to let someone else drive youaround!). Travel on four railway lines (threeof which are steam operated), cruise on fourlakes and cross some spectacular mountainpasses in the minibus. Photograph steamtrains, boats and scenery and discoversomething of the history of Lakelandtransport and industry along the way. ArchaeologyAn Introduction to the Archaeology ofDartmoor and the Tamar ValleySL. O. 10 Aug-17 Aug. Fri-Fri. £550. £370A course introducing the various aspects ofarchaeology in Devon, from prehistorictimes up to the recent past, which also givesa chance to explore some of the stunningscenery of the area. Owen Thompsontaught A Level Archaeology for 10 yearsand has conducted fieldtrips to variousparts of Britain.Llangollen Bryn Jones22BLBlencathra .DFDale Fort .EFEpping Forest .FMFlatford Mill . KDKindrogan .MTMalham Tarn .MAMargam .OROrielton .PMPreston Montford .RCRhyd-y-creuau .SLSlapton Ley NEWChurch in NefynVicky Barnes

This section offers courses which can help youunderstand how to make more creative use of acamera and take better photographs. Many coursesdemonstrate how to get the best out of digitalcameras and what to do with the imagesafterwards. On each course, demonstrations toexplain theory and practical techniques arecomplemented by plenty of opportunities to takeyour own photographs, either in the Centregrounds or on excursions to sites of interest suchas local villages or nature reserves. Although you may already have some basicphotographic experience, our tutors are happy totake time to explain techniques from first principlesif necessary and courses are offered at three levels.Those for 'beginners' or for 'improvers' broadlyreflect your previous experience of photography. Inthe 'Nature and Landscape Photography' sectionmost courses are 'open to everyone'.Please note that film, chemicals, photographic paperand digital storage media are not included in mostcourse fees. You will be advised which film and othermaterials to bring with you. At the end of a course amodest additional charge may be made to coverprocessing and printing costs.photographyToadletJulian CremonaDigital photography courseJulian for shared accommodationShared accommodation is usually available on our residential courses at a discounted price. The cost isnormally around £10 per night less than sole occupancy price. Please contact the Centre (see page 2)for an exact price.centreleveldatesdayssole occupancynon-residentialfee FM . O . 01 Feb-03 Feb . Fri-Sun . £174 . £135