On Monday February 29th 2016, our Geography and Travel & Tourism students hit the road bright and early at 8am to begin their exciting field trip in Bournemouth, Dorset. The group filled two mini-buses and arrived at The Mount Stuart Hotel in good time. They enjoyed great spring weather throughout the trip, and visited a wealth of popular sites during their few days there. On their first day, the group visited the famous cliff (East Cliff at Bridport Sands, West Bay) which forms the set of the popular TV Show, Broadchurch. Incidentally, overnight on February 29th, a section of the cliff had collapsed, and the group were able to discuss why this may have happened and assess the impact, which complements their studies in their respective subjects.
The group also visited a selection of beaches during the trip - both pebbled and sandy! Durdle Door, Boscome Beach, Bournemouth Pier and Chesil Beach were just a few of the beaches where the group came together. They also visited Lulworth Cove, a cove near the village of West Lulworth, on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site in Dorset. Lulworth Cove featured on the TV programme Seven Natural Wonders as one of the wonders of southern England. Finally, the students visited the Hurst Castle Spit; Hurst Castle is an artillery fort established by Henry VIII. The group identified the effects of coastal erosion on the spit, which has gradually pushed the spit towards the shore.
Even better, on their way home, the group made an unprecedented stop at Stonehenge! Some breath-taking views, incredible sites, and a lot of laughs were had by everyone involved in the trip!