Inspiring exploration seminar to come to Cumbria

Inspiring exploration seminar to come to Cumbria name

The University of Cumbria’s Ambleside campus is set to play host to a prestigious expedition and field research seminar next month.

The Royal Geographical Society (RGS) normally hosts Explore in London but outdoor enthusiasts are celebrating news the event will be coming to Cumbria next month (Sat 7 Oct.)

“We are delighted the RGS chose the north west region and even more delighted to host Explore at Ambleside,” Dr Chris Loynes, reader in outdoor studies at the university, said.

The one-day seminar is aimed at anyone planning expeditions and field research overseas with a particular focus on self-led student projects.

Described as a one stop shop for the experienced and new expeditioner to get training, updates and network, it’s hoped schools and societies will make use of the experience on offer. Organisers say adventurous, scientific, cultural or service based expeditions will benefit from a visit to the Explore event.

Tim Foster is chair of North West Region Royal Geographical Society and says the seminar is a ‘must’ for anyone looking to embark on an adventure.

“This event is held every year in London and it’s very unusual for the RGS to transfer to the north so this is an ideal opportunity to learn from the experts who’ll be there on the day and learn about exploration, research and excitement.”

The visit is the latest in a series of Royal Geographical Society events hosted by the University of Cumbria.

“Our partnership with the RGS began five years ago when we began to offer a joint programme of open talks as part of the annual lecture programme,” Dr Loynes said. “With leading field scientists and explorers available to talk to, make sure to book your place early to gain inspiration, advice and contacts for your own field research project or expedition.”


To book a place call 0207 591 3030 or email 

As well as Explore two other talks focussing on outdoor exploration are also being staged at Ambleside in the coming weeks.

On Sept 23 mountaineer Simon Yates, who first visited central Asia in 1991 when the mountains of the region were opened to western climbers, will be talking about his experience of exploring an area that had been almost permanently closed since the Russian Revolution. Tickets are £5 (email for availability.)

On October 26, Dr Eric Brymer of Leeds Beckett University will be hosting a free talk examining extreme sports, wellbeing and nature.