A Level Geography Residential Trip “We left no stone unturned”

by Emma Hudson, Stephen Jones, Nikhil Giri, Verity Stark and Jack Harris, Upper Sixth 

On the 11th March 2015 we set off on our travels to the wonderful little town of Bude, North Cornwall for our A-level residential field trip. The four hour trip was divided with a stop at the famous Gordano services, where Paul refused to use his discount card at the Waitrose store. We then travelled on along the Atlantic Highway to our first field study site called Hartland Quay, where we were captivated by the dramatic anticlines and synclines.

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Here we posed for our first picture of the trip under the cave in our hard helmet hats, we looked very fetching (lol JK).

Day one involved us measuring stones at Milook and Sandymouth Bay, which would help us write up our A2 coursework. On day two we visited the small quaint town of Boscastle, to discover the impacts of the floods of 2004, and how the town has managed to mitigate against further potential flood damage, by, for example, changing the course of the river. On day three we visited the well-known Bossiney Cove, where we visited sea caves and observed sea arches.

During the trip we were challenged to create sand sculptures. With Mr Hughes being the judge, this resulted in many people creating Dr Who sculptures; although, to the delights of Emma, Eve and Elena, it was the mermaid that won. After we had covered ourselves in sand, we all had a whale of a time in a stomp rocket competition.

On our last day we braved the Cornish Sea in our dashing wetsuits and went surfing – we had a splashing time. The trip was rounded off with a Zulu burger and chips at Rosie’s Kitchen, plus some recitals of poems that described many incidents that occurred on the trip. Henry instigated the idea to buy Mr Baker a fishing rod which was presented on the last night, the reason being that Mr Baker kept taking the ‘bait’.

Ultimately, the trip had the right balance of ingredients, it was educationally valuable, but most importantly, it was also great fun.

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