Getting on course in the Sperrins

Like a sprinkling of icing on a Christmas Cake&&the caps of the Sperrin Mountains near Draperstown were covered in the first snow of the Winter, last Friday morning.mm47-127ar.

Like a sprinkling of icing on a Christmas Cake&&the caps of the Sperrin Mountains near Draperstown were covered in the first snow of the Winter, last Friday morning.mm47-127ar.

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The Sperrins Gateway Landscape Partnership’s course accredited by Queen’s University, Belfast, is proving to be very popular.

“The range of people joining the the Open Learning Short course ‘A Sense of the Sperrins’ has been very encouraging,” said Stéphanie Baine, Landscape Officer for Sperrins Gateway.

“It is fantastic to be able to bring this course into the beautiful unspoilt foothills of the Sperrin Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.”

The course aims to give people a fuller appreciation of the area’s past combined with a look forward to the future. With an impressive range of tutors, all with local connections, the course will look at diverse aspects of the landscape, the human geography and the heritage, to find out how a very distinctive sense of place has evolved in the Sperrins.

“This is the first time we have run the course and, if it is a success, we may be able to bring other similar courses to the area,” added Fiona Bryant, Manager of the Sperrins Gateway. “It is all about giving people ‘A Sense of the Sperrins.”

The course, starting on February 22, will run on the last Saturdays of February, March, April and May at the Kilcronaghan Centre, Tobermore. If you are interested in finding out more log on to www.qub.ac.uk/edu/ol or contact Open Learning on 028 9097 3323.