VIRTUAL FIELDWORK

Helvellyn Range

Lake District, NW England
  • landforms and landscapes of glacial erosion
  • landforms of glacial deposition (mostly ice-marginal moraines)
  • extensive evidence of paraglacial reworking
  • periglacial landforms (talus, blockfields)
  • mass wasting features (e.g. debris cones, rock slope failures)
  • role of bedrock (Borrowdale Volcanic Group) on landscape development
Helvellyn Range virtual field trip

Overview

The Helvellyn Range is located in the English Lake District in NW England. This virtual field trip provides an opportunity to explore the core area, focussing on Grisedale, Red Tarn and Helvellyn itself. Mountain glaciers were last present during the Younger Dryas (12,900 – 11,700 years ago), although the classic landforms of glacial erosion that are present developed over multiple periods of glaciation during the Quaternary. A range of non-glacial landforms are present, including those associated with periglacial, fluvial and slope failures.

The imagery was mostly acquired in May 2017, although the Grisedale imagery dates from May 2014.

Start of Virtual Field Trip

Helvellyn Virtual Field Trip

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Google Earth file (.kml)

Download this file if you want to view the virtual field trip stops within Google Earth. KML files can also be used in other applications and web services.

Spreadsheet (.csv)

Download this file if you want to view the virtual field trip stops within GIS software, such as ArcGIS Pro, ArcMap, QGis etc. Can also be used in Google Earth.

Ordnance Survey Open Maps

Access to open maps from the Ordnance Survey. The functionality is much more limited than offerings from swisstopo or the USGS, for example. There is a subscription service that provides access to aerial imagery and the excellent OS Outdoor Leisure Maps. If you want to look at the latter for free, use Bing Maps.

Bing Maps

In addition to its own mapping, this site provides access to published 1:50,000 and 1:25,000 Ordnance Survey Maps. You need to select these from the drop-down menu in the top right-hand corner of the main window, and they will only show at certain zoom levels. Satellite imagery is also available.
Dr Des McDougall

Dr Des McDougall

I'm a Physical Geographer at the University of Worcester (England, UK). Interests include mountain glaciers, mountain geomorphology and Quaternary environmental change. I'm also interested in the use of virtual reality in teaching.

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In order to support the ongoing development of this site, it would be really helpful if you could let me know why and how you use the resource. I’d also appreciate hearing any ideas you may have for improvements. Thank you!

ABOUT

This website allows you to explore glaciers and glaciated landscapes using virtual field trips. High quality, 360 degree interactive panoramas (panospheres) allow you to look all around and zoom in on features of interest – a bit like Google Streetview ©.

© VR Glaciers and Glaciated Landscapes by Derek McDougall is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 International License.

Last updated: February 2019