Durdle Door - Toby Pickard, Year 12

Two coaches full of bleary-eyed Year 12 Geography students, accompanied by all four Geography teachers, pulled out of school early this Monday morning, heading to the Dorset Coast, an environment shaped by the elemental power of the sea. Here we would begin a three day trip to explore the processes that formed, and continue to form, this beautiful part of England. We began the trip on an exceptionally windy Chesil Beach, a rare example of a tombolo (a beach that links the mainland to an island), before moving to Durdle Door, a brilliantly named arch, walking along the coast to Lulworth Cove. Later we visited Studland Beach, where we measured sand dunes, Poole Harbour and Mudeford Spit. As well as discovering more about coastal processes, we learnt about the flood protection measures in place on the Swanbrook, a short river which runs through Swanage, the town where we stayed.

Getting stuck in - Toby Pickard, Year 12
Landscape formation - Toby Pickard, Year 12

As well as physical geography, we explored the human side too, looking at different patterns of urban land use in Swanage and Poole, as well as listening to a fantastic talk about the challenges of managing the conflicts caused by tourism at Studland Beach. One of the most important, though less active, parts of the trip was the evening lessons we had, consolidating much of what we had discovered earlier that day.

Overall, the trip was a great success, with everyone gaining a more detailed knowledge of geography, particularly of coastal features and processes, as well as having a thoroughly good time.