13 Dec A-Level Geographers’ Field Trip to Wyemouth
A-Level Geographers headed off for their annual trip to Weymouth in October. They were collecting data for their none examined unit as well as discovering some of the coastal processes they have been studying.
The first day saw us leave Arrow Vale and head straight for Lulworth Cove. Students enjoyed a fish and chip lunch on the sea front and then went to look at the bay area to discuss how it had been formed. We then enjoyed (?!) a very steep walk around the coast to Durdle Door. The views were amazing and students travelled down to the beach to see the famous arch way. We then headed back to our hotel where after enjoying dinner we explored the arcades. The evening entertainment was a quiz that became very competitive – well done to the winners!
Day 2 began early and we headed off to Chesil Beach to practice fieldwork techniques. Students completed beach transects and studied the size of sediment to see what impact longshore drift had had upon the coastline. Physical geographers then stayed with Mrs Mistry to complete their coastal fieldwork investigations. The remaining students headed into the centre of Weymouth with Miss Barnfather to investigate human geography topics such as regeneration and perception of place – plus a tiny bit of shopping! All students met back at the hotel later that evening for an impromptu game of rounders on the beach. That evening we went to Prezzo for our evening meal which made for a lovely evening.
The final day was spent looking at coastal management. We travelled to Highcliffe and Barton-on-Sea to look at additions such as rock groynes and rock armour. We were also clearly able to see the impacts of coastal erosion and weathering causing mass movement. We finished the trip with some lovely cakes overlooking the sea.
It was a brilliant trip overall, the students were so much fun throughout the whole time and a pleasure to be with!
Good luck with the write up of your investigations!!
Miss H. Barnfather and Mrs R. Mistry