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Whitbarrow Scar Regional Event & Cumbrian Galoppen - 29 Nov 2009

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We return to the excellent intricate limestone terrain of Whitbarrow Scar as used for the National Event in 2007. This event is part of the Cumbrian Galoppen series and is registered as a level 2 event. Entries will be by colour course. Final details are here and on the SROC website. For control descriptions click here for shorter courses and here for longer courses.

Those wishing to score in the Cumbian Galoppen should enter their usual choice of colour. Those preferring to enter the recommended course for their age class should refer to page 3 of these BOF guidelines. However anyone can enter any course they choose. Bona fide SROC helpers should choose the “SROC helper” fee appropriate to their course and age. Contact Tony Marlow to volunteer.

Adult fees: White-Light Green £7, Short Green-Black £11, £2 discount for BOF members. £2 EOD surcharge on Short Green-Black.
Junior fees: £4 all courses, no discounts or surcharges.

No car park fee, free bus to start for White and Yellow, 1km walk for other courses.

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Whitbarrow is a

Site of Special Scientific Interest
and

National Nature Reserve
in
Cumbria, and
forms part of the
Morecambe Bay
Pavements

Special Area of Conservation
due to its supporting some of the best European
examples of natural
limestone
habitats. Also known as Whitbarrow Scar (though properly
that term applies to the cliffs lining its western edge), the hill lies about
9 kilometres (5 miles) south-west of
Kendal, just
north of the A590
road
, close to the village of
Witherslack.

It is a mixture of
woodland
,
grassland
and
limestone
pavement
. The hill is prominent from the
A590 road with
its steep limestone cliffs, laid down in the
Carboniferous
period some 350 million years ago. The main cliff faces are made up of rocks
known as Dalton Beds, above which are Urswick Limestones, of which the limestone
pavement (here and elsewhere around
Morecambe Bay,
including
Hutton Roof Crags
) has been formed.

The limestone has been used for many purposes including building, agricultural
fertiliser, and production of
millstones,
but is now protected by law and it is an offence to remove any.

Whitbarrow, like most of the
Lake District,
shows many signs of the last
ice age,
including glacial erratics (boulders left behind when the ice retreated), and
the
limestone pavement
itself, formed when ice left bare limestone exposed to
the elements which eroded it and left us with the grikes and clints we see
today.

Much of Whitbarrow is covered in woodland, initially naturally and from 1919
following planting; the
Forestry
Commission
now holds leases on parts of the hill. A variety of techniques
are used to manage the woodland, including coppicing; the variety of methods
adds to the range of wildlife resulting.

The summit of Whitbarrow Scar is known as Lord’s Seat, and a
walk to here is featured in

The Outlying Fells of Lakeland
by
Alfred
Wainwright
.

Full article on Wikipedia.




Closing Date: 23 Nov 2009
Punch type: Sportident
Area name: Whitbarrow Scar
Location: 5 miles SW of Kendal
Contact:
Website: www.sroc.org

 

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