A new book provides a fresh way to explore local geology. Phil Davies has just published ‘Geology in the Lake District National Park’. Phil, a nuclear sector consultant from Brigham said: “The Lake District is a great place for studying geology. I’ve devised a different kind of illustrated guide. The geological story is told first, then the reader is invited to visit individual ‘geosites’ where typical features can be seen. This is definitely not a walking guide or academic tome.

“Many of the twenty main geosites are quite easy to get to, but one or two require a serious hike, such as the one at the top of Haystacks. I’ve covered north and central Lakeland, as well as the south, which tends to be ignored in Lake District books. Watch Hill (The Hay), near Cockermouth, is one of my favourites, although for sheer spectacle I don’t think anything beats Cathedral Cavern in Little Langdale.

“I’ve covered the bedrock geology, mining, the glacial history and some examples of large ancient landslips, which are interesting features in the landscape. I pay tribute to my local hero Jonathan Otley of Keswick, who was the first person to make some sense out of Lakeland geology 200 years ago.

“I hope this book appeals to both local people and to Lake District visitors.”

Phil is deputy leader of Cockermouth U3A Geology Group and has used two of the geosites as locations for group field trips this year. He intends to roll out the book through shops and at visitor attractions across the county from mid-October.

Wigton Motor Club has been sponsoring two teenage drivers this year and as the season reaches its conclusion, both have proved to be successful in their respective series.

There is just one round to go in the MGCC MG Trophy series, in which Sam Kirkpatrick from Brigham has been doing so well in class B. The penultimate round was at Oulton Park. Sam had not raced at the circuit previously; however, he was keen to build on his recent good form. Testing on the Friday saw him top of the time sheets by a decent margin and without mechanical problems, so he was looking forward to qualifying and to the two races on Saturday. An excellent session meant that Sam would be on class pole for both races and in the cool morning air, he was nearly two seconds under the lap record. Race 1 saw him make a decent getaway, but a melee at old hall dropped him down to second in class, which led to an excellent 5 lap bumper-to-bumper dice. The leader was driving a very good defensive race, until he made a slight error at the first corner, leaving a small gap, into which Sam dived. This caused some light contact, pushing the leader on the grass, which led Sam to feel he had gained an unfair advantage, so he backed off to allow him to retake the lead. Unfortunately, the third-place driver then passed them both. After this, despite huge effort, Sam finished second but with the fastest lap.

Race 2 was less eventful; the start was not the best for Sam, leaving him in second place but an excellent overtake around the outside at island


Not content with one publication, he is in the process of completing work on compiling and publishing his grandfather’s First World War diary and memoir, provisionally entitled ‘Hampson’s War’.

“I was in Ypres in Belgium at the end of September and was reminded how much interest in the Western Front there still is from various parts of the world. Lots of people go to the daily remembrance ceremony at the Menin Gate and it’s quite a moving experience. The hundredth anniversary of the Armistice this November is spurring me on to finish the book.

“My grandfather, Travis Hampson, was a doctor in the Royal Army Medical Corps from the very start of the War and was awarded the Military Cross for his service in the front line. I put the bare-bones text of his diary and memoir online in the 1990s. However, the tidied-up version will contain copies of photographs taken at the time, as well as sketches and other documents. I’m aiming at an international readership, so this one will probably be produced in eBook and print-on- demand formats.”

Publishing books is a new venture for Phil. He moved to Cumbria in 1993 as Operations Manager for Nirex, investigating the area near Sellafield for disposal of radioactive waste. Since then, he has worked with engineering company Jacobs and in the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. He has

been self-employed since 2010, covering assignments in Belgium and Holland as well as the UK. Up to 2016, he provided ‘head of site’ services to NuGen for the site investigation stage of the Moorside nuclear power station.

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bend saw him ultimately take the lead and proceed to win the race. The final rounds are at Snetterton in Norfolk

Meanwhile, Jack Palmer has been in the British Autotest Championship and the final round was at the Firefly autotests in Shrewsbury held at the auction mart. Jack had his best event of the year with only 1 fault all day and a steady reduction in times. This resulted in an overall finish of 15th and a 3rd in class for his first season.

Jack has only competed in 5 events, so he hasn’t managed to finish that high in the championship as others have completed more events.

After the championship is over at the end of the season, is the Ken Wharton Memorial autotest,

where teams from around the UK compete. The event is by invitation only and Jack has been asked to compete in the Nova class as the reserve car for the English team, which for his first year, is a great result.

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