The research work on the H. Cheviot area was undertaken
with three primary aims in view,
1) to provide material which would be of practical use
2) to provide material which would he of academic interest
3) to satisfy the writer's need for experience in.his
It is maintained, that as the geologist is to the geomorphologist, so must the geomorphologist be to the geographer,
by providing in his work material of both practical and
academic interest. Like the geologist, the geomorphologiat
must be prepared to provide detailed descriptions, as well aa
generalising about the landforms, a need more than ever
enhanced following the recent appearance of the Soil Survey
who also work close to the ground and in detail. Again,
who can estimate what use a thorough study of an area may be
in the hands of County Planning Authorities? At the outset
the writer makes no apology for the length of the text, for
what is included is considered to be appropriate. However,
to ease the reader's task, pictorial representation is.
employed to the full. To cover only part of the area, the
Geological Survey run to four memoirs, and, like the Survey,
the writer has striven to satisfy needs for the particular
as well as the general.
In the academic sphere the writer has noted the deficiency
in the knowledge of denudation chronology in Northern England.
In time it should be possible to correlate the "surfaces"
suggested by the writer, but at present, for the reasons
stated in the text, it Is considered better to await the
results of adjacent areas. Glaciation and its effects bear
markedly on the landforms and rivers in the area, and also
have been considered. Here, too, unfortunately, the story
is an incomplete one, but at least a beginning has been made.
The reader, plodding through the essay details will find
frequent rhetorical questions, and, whilst these may
occasionally be irritating, the writer asserts that progress
and experience come from attention to the exceptions.
There Is little need to go into the details of the third
aim as it represents a bridge which all must cross.