On a wet cold weekend in February, the intrepid explores from year 11 GCSE geography braved the mountains of Wales. Ably assisted by Ms Burton, Mr Elton and Mrs Elliott 24 lucky students spent the weekend battling the elements to experience first hands the delights of geography.
On the first day we only have a few hours in Betws-y-coed to investigate the impact of tourism on this Victorian village in the Snowdonia National Park. We found that there was an excessive number of outdoor clothing shops and cafes but no take away pizza delivery service. We were also not the only people to have travelled a long way to get there. A group of bikers had come to the village from Ireland and another from France to experience the joy of riding their bikes on the winding Welsh roads, and the hospitality of the Welsh pubs, hopefully in that order, not the other!
After this busy afternoon we were all glad to get back to the centre for dinner but, horror of horrors, more work awaited as we had to prepare for our rivers study the following day. Fortunately our erstwhile students soon got over the shock of having to work in the evening and produced some useful hypothesis to investigate n the Saturday.
Saturday dawned wet and windy, possibly the worst field trip conditions ever but once wrapped in 15 layers of warm clothes and waterproofs we struggled out into the wind to measure the River Conwy. Once again our valiant students overcame their fears and went out into the rain and wind, some actually getting blown over due to the strength of the wind, to collect the vital (ish) data we required. After this brave effort the hot showers of the centre had never been more welcome but the hard task masters of the geography department soon had our merry crew back in the class room to analyse the data and prove their hypotheses, yes, we even made them work on a Saturday night!!!!
Finally on Sunday, it did stop raining and we bundled ourselves up again to face the elements on Criccieth beach. Here we investigated the coastal defences and measured the beach profile before researching the most important element of our trip the world famous ice- cream shop up the hill.
Refreshed we had a final look at the caves and sand dunes before hurrying back to Coventry, via KFC, just in case anyone hadn’t had enough to eat at the ice cream shop.
Many thanks for all involved on making this trip successful!