At the beginning of the Easter break, the Geography department took 45 Lower Sixth students up to Snowdonia National Park in North Wales to complete the AS course by studying its spectacular glaciated landscape as well as the beautiful River Conwy. Based in a Field Study Centre just outside of Betws-y-Coed, we were led by two very experienced instructors who helped bring to life the case study areas that had been taught in the classroom. However, it appears that some of our students were a little anxious about going on this field trip, as Charlotte Ball (L6, Ch) and Kiara Munn (L6, Ch) explain below, although they quickly changed their minds about the experience once they arrived!
When we first heard the words North Wales and school trip, we were not exactly happy. The thought of trekking off to Snowdonia National Park to study cold environments filled us with horror, along with the fact that we had no relevant equipment whatsoever coming from Kenya. But the equipment was hireable and the field centre’s sticky toffee pudding was apparently top quality so we were sorted.
On the day of arrival, we were presented with the landform called a corrie, which looked spectacular due to the clear blue skies. The best moment of that day was seeing Mr Bates and Mr Dobney showing off their incredible ‘corrieography’, demonstrating their signature moves that helped illustrate the glacial processes. The evening was spent extending our knowledge in the field centre classrooms while drinking cups of tea and eating homemade cakes.
The second day, a few keen students and teachers decided to venture out into the vibrant and buzzing honey pot site of Betws-y-Coed for a run. The day proceeded with the study of some glacial features such as a roche mountoneé along with some striations. We also investigated some fluvioglacial features such as an Esker and a Kame both of which we had simply interpreted as being mounds of soil but later learnt of their complex formation. After a few hours of teacher-led revision sessions, we were gifted with the opportunity to watch England win the Six Nations.
The next day saw us adventuring along the iconic River Conwy, which is known for its diverse provision of opportunities for human activities. The afternoon was spent having a very pleasant lunch at the Conwy Falls where we debated the different stakeholders’ viewpoints on the proposed hydro-electric power scheme planned for the waterfall. Llanwrst was the next stop where we assessed the flood risk in small groups and investigated and assessed the effectiveness of some of the flood defences that were installed in 2010. On the last day, we were able to clear up any queries we had during one-on-one sessions with our teachers about anything covered in the course, making sure we were fully prepared to carry out our own revision during the Easter break. Everyone agreed it was a fantastic trip and was a really useful start to revision.