Forty-two year 10 geography pupils made the trip up to the picturesque Borrowdale valley in the Lake District to conduct field studies on the River Derwent and the impact of tourism around the busy town of Keswick.
Students enjoyed getting their feet wet to take measurements at three different sites to investigate whether there is a relationship between bedload shape/size and velocity in the river. The students used a basic dog biscuit test for velocity first before advancing to a more reliable measure using flowmeters.
The impact of tourism was measured through bi-polar charts, questionnaires and through observation at the Honister Slate Mine, the village of Grange, around the climb to Cat Bells and in Keswick itself.
The weather largely held good and the students enjoyed some excellent conditions for walking on the Fells and seeing the very best of the National Park. The students were a credit to the School and many passers-by commented on their mature and considerate behaviour.