The Lake District is a stunning place to visit – with breathtaking mountain ranges and serene lake views. It is also rather chilly in February – as was discovered by seven year 12 students and I when we took an excursion to Blencathra to study the physical geography of the area. Blizzards completely shrouded us as we stumbled along a steep-sided path, onwards and upwards into the unknown.
In spite of being a little chilly however, there were many comedy moments and we returned to the centre in good humour and excited by the prospect of hot chocolate with whipped cream on top! In the evenings, the students socialised in the common room with pupils from other sixth forms and all of us ate more than our fill of the field centre’s hearty full English breakfasts and delicious puddings.
The weather for our trip to the beach at St Bees was much kinder and we even managed to eat our lunch outside. The students surveyed the coastal protection strategies and made some excellent field sketches of the area. Mr Dorsett did a sterling job of driving the minibus and we managed to get back down to the South Lakes in time for a wander around the shops at Bowness-on-Windermere and some chip shop chips before heading home on Wednesday evening.
Next year’s trip will be in November (not February!) and is open for all students taking Geography at AS Level.
(PS. Thanks to Connor and Hala for looking after me when I fell over in the mud!)