On Tuesday 24th of May, half of the Year 10 Geography students (the other half went on Thursday) travelled up to Keswick in the Lake District for a field trip.
Everyone had to get to school bright and early for 7:30, so that we could get to Keswick in good time. Everyone was a little tired, but we started to properly wake up on the coach- a two-and-a-half-hour journey to get there. We passed lots of fields on the motorway and saw lots of sheep, which was a cause for excitement for lots of us.
Once we arrived at the Blencathra centre, we met our two instructors who led the fieldwork investigation and took us to the river. Before we set off on our 45-minute trek, we took a toilet break (around half an hour because there were only two toilets for us all) and got our waterproofs and wellies on.
We then walked along a trail to the Glenderaterra Beck, which is part of the River Greta. After a short lunch break, we waded into the river to measure the width, depth and velocity. There were lots of slippery rocks, which made for lots of stumbles and wet feet! The stream itself was very picturesque, although we had some little showers throughout the day and cloudy skies.
Upon walking back after completing the fieldwork, we drove into Keswick and had around an hour of free time to buy food and drink to serve as our dinner or a snack. Most of us bought an ice cream (with lots of arguing about the best ice cream flavour) and fish and chips, which were both equally delicious!
To finish off the day, we had an hour of trooping around Keswick, which has experienced three fairly large floods in the past decade, to see and discuss various flood defences. It was extremely interesting to see the different strategies used to combat the flood risk there and getting to see the village in some lovely weather. Once the flood defence observation was done, we got back onto the coach for the long journey back. On the motorway, the clouds finally parted, and the Sun began to stream out.
Thank you to Mr Lovelady, Mr Emms, Ms Hickman (who accompanied us on the trip) and Mrs Garbett (who couldn’t make it to the trip). We all learnt lots and had a great time, although most of us were quite tired because of the early start and late finish!
Written by Charley W, Y10
AGGS MEDIA TEAM