A Level Geographers visit Snowdon
The AS Level Geography students have just returned from their annual fieldtrip to Snowdonia. They used the Kent Mountain Centre in Llanberis as base to prepare themselves for their Unit 2 examination on ‘Crowded Coasts and Unequal Spaces’.
They sent us this report:
Day 1: Unfortunately, the day started with steady rain but by the time we reached our first stop the weather was beginning to brighten up. The students started the study of the LleÅ·n Penisula, as a stretch of coastline, by visiting beaches between Abersoch and Pwllheli, as examples of coastal areas under pressure. Time was spent analysing beach material, interviewing residents and businesses and investigating sand dune ecology.
Day 2: This was a day spent in the county town of Caernarfon. It was typical Welsh drizzle to start which seemed to keep many of the locals away, but the students managed to get their questionnaires answered and all their data collected. They investigated urban deprivation.
Day 3: Today, the students visited Anglesey, to look at strategies aiming to improve the quality of life in rural areas. They also visited tourist attractions such as Parys Mountain Copper Mine; the weather was lovely with the exception of a very strong wind! In order to learn all about rural deprivation they enjoyed a question and answer session in a local pub with our tour guide whilst tucking into a plate of chips.
Day 4: Today was a time to reflect in the coastal resort of Criccieth, where the students completed their study of the Crowded Coast module. They interviewed more residents and were able to fully understand the need for coastal management. Most of the students also found time to go into Criccieth Castle which gave an amazing view of the coastal features. They even found time for an ice cream as it was such a lovely sunny day.
Day 5: This was a day for the students to show their metal! Two groups elected to climb Snowdon which was in its full winter attire complete with a white coat of snow. They ascended equipped with crampons and ice picks to aid the climb (but really to make them feel adventurous). They conquered the snowy mountain and returned safely to base camp! A third group chose to take on the challenge of climbing and canoeing. They also felt that they had achieved a huge amount during the day. All students were tired, but went on to enjoy the evening, with a ‘round robin’ of quizzes and other mentally taxing activities.
Thank you to Mr Taylor for accompanying Miss Dixon and Mrs Bennett on this field trip, his help was much appreciated. Thank you to the Geography Department for leading another successful field trip for our students.