Year 7 Peak District Trip


On Thursday 5th October 2017 we took Year 7 to the Peak District National Park for their residential field trip. This trip was part of our studies on National Parks within Geography and will conclude with an assessment.

The trip had a full itinerary of activities, so the students were able to learn lots. On the Thursday afternoon, we met the rangers from the National Park Education Service and they led us on a walking tour of Stanage Edge, near Hathersage. This tour allowed students to experience the Physical Geography of the area and also to learn more about the management issues within the National Park. It also emphasised how public authorities are struggling with finances – demonstrated by the only toilet block in the area being locked during the week!

Following our walk (about 3 hours in total), we then went to the Youth Hostel in Castleton, which was our home for the night. After we all got our rooms sorted and settled in, students planned their fieldwork enquiry and methods for the following day and enjoyed some dinner, before taking part in a mock planning inquiry about a proposed development on Stanage Edge. All students were divided into different interest groups, who had to outline whether they were for this particular proposal or not. After this, Mr Russell and Mr Buck led an evening quiz session, before all making it to bed (feeling very tired).

On the Friday morning, we went up the lower slope of Mam Tor, where students completed a field-sketch of the view overlooking Castleton, before visiting Treak Cliff Cavern. Students were able to see fantastic examples of stalactites and stalagmites as well as learning about the local Blue-John stone. Students completed a walking tour of Castleton and also undertook various research methods within the village (from questionnaires, to traffic counts and environmental quality surveys). Following our study, we went to the local quarry and cement works. This facility is not usually open to the public, so we were honoured to have representatives from the quarry take us to the viewing platform and let us see, close-up, some of the quarry machinery. It was fantastic for students to witness the many uses and functions of land within the Peak District National Park, from the tourism and conservation, to the industry and quarrying. After a jam-packed day, we then travelled back to Wellingborough and made it home before scheduled arrival time.

A massive thank you to all the staff who attended the trip and for making sure that the trip ran so effectively. I am sure that the students learnt a lot from this experience.

Dr Fordham

Head of Geography

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