In October 59 M5 Geographers, Mrs Parson, Mrs Tomlinson, Mrs Burley, Mrs Hope and Miss Burton headed 300 miles north to Blencathra in the Lake District for a five day residential course. The field studies centre is perched on the side of the mountain approximately 350 metres above sea level and with spectacular views. It is possible to see Derwent Water, Scafell Pike and Helvellyn from the dining room.
During our stay we were taught by the tutors at the centre and they helped us to set up our investigations and collect data for our GCSE coursework. We enthusiastically investigated rivers, the effects of tourism on the village of Grasmere and we searched for evidence of glaciation in the Easedale Valley. We faced a number of hardships including cold, windy and wet weather on the first day, but we pulled through thanks to hot drinks, our enthusiasm for geography and more importantly, the promise that we would be able to watch ‘X-Factor’ in the evening!
Mari Thomas, Lucy Goddard and Emily Bowen M5