Geography trip
Geography trip
Geography trip
Geography trip
A-level Geography field trip

On 15 March twenty Year 13 Geographers departed by train from Cheltenham and headed off for South Devon and a three day residential trip at the Slapton Ley field studies centre. The visit to Slapton Sands is now an annual pilgrimage for Miss Thompson and the Geography department, which this year was blessed with lovely weather.

The group explored the South West coastal footpath for evidence of coastal erosion from the lighthouse at Start Point, and soon saw first-hand the devastating power of the sea when they stopped to examine the remains of Hallsands beach. The beach that had protected the village for generations had been washed away by powerful January storms which removed thousands of tons of shingle and sand.

Further along at Beesands they were shocked to see how much damage the storms had created. Half of the village green had been lost to the sea since last year, and the road behind the beach was no more.

As they descended into Torcross, the group witnessed engineering contractors trying to establish how much the sea wall and promenade had moved forward. They walked along the wall quite cautiously until confronted by a digger shifting equipment around.

In the afternoon the Geographers conducted beach profile investigations at Slapton Sands using surveying equipment. The purpose of which was to establish the direction of longshore drift, and this was complemented by a sediment survey to further support the findings. After this was conducted successfully, time was spent processing the data and analysing findings.

This year members of the group assisted in study conducted by a PhD student from Exeter University into the value of outdoor education. Eight students volunteered to be involved and they shared their photos and thoughts during a relaxed chat one evening.

Overall, this was another successful visit to Slapton which also brought home the severity of UK coastal erosion along with its impact on peoples' daily lives.

Also, a practical geographical investigation is an integral part of A-level Geography course work, so will hopefully assist students in achieving top marks in this summer's exam.


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