Geography on the Jurassic Coast

In October, the A2 Geography students embarked on their annual visit to Dorset and the world famous Jurassic Coast. During their three-day excursion, the students visited numerous locations learning about the geology, landforms and management strategies; essential information for their A Level unit on Coasts.

 

The old and new management strategies of Lyme Regis were clearly put to the test during our first wet and windy stop en route to Bournemouth. The second day was spent visiting the prestige Sandbanks, the chalk stacks of Old Harry and the delightful resort of Swanage. The geologist’s dream of Lulworth Cove, Stair Hole and Durdle Door greeted us in the afternoon and the superb tour by one of the Lulworth Rangers ensured that all of our students came away with a comprehensive understanding of how important the area is as both a geological hotspot and a tourist honeypot.

 

Our final day was spent overlooking the majestic Chesil Beach, as well as witnessing the impacts of the winter storms on Chiswell and Abbotsbury. A final stop-off in West Bay to investigate the multi-million pound defences completed our tour before the stormy drive home. Despite the intensive schedule, the students remained enthusiastic and engaged and their company and ‘bus banter’ was very much enjoyed by Mr Pomery, Mrs Gill and Mrs Wormald.