The pristine valley of Dovedale was the destination chosen for a morning field trip for our GCSE Geographers, to explore river change.
Starting at Milldale, we measured the river’s channel, sediment size and shape as well as the rate of flow and signs of human interference. The abandoned mill stone along with the hamlet name gave quite an obvious clue. All these measurements were then repeated near the 'Stepping Stones' and this allowed just enough time to enjoy an ice cream before we returned to school for afternoon lessons.
The data will now be analysed back in school and a project written up. For the new GCSE there is no coursework score, rather, pupils are tested about their field work in a practical paper. Let’s hope they remember this visit!