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Langley Grammar School

Langley Grammar School

Year 11 Geography Trip

On 29th September the Year 11 Geographers visited the New Forest to learn more about the distinctive landscape of the National Park. The trip also incorporated an study of coastal processes and the challenges of managing erosion and mass movement along the Hampshire coastline.

This article was written by Sanchit Aapan in 11R who went on the visit.

In order to get the most out of the day, we were told to be in school nice and early, at 6:45. The journey to The New Forest National Park passed quickly and we were into the forest before we knew it, enjoying the scenic views.

The New Forest National Park, is a preserved area covering parts of Hampshire and Dorset in the south of England. It is known for its native ponies, woodland, farms, tranquil villages and nearby beautiful coastline. Over the course of the day we managed to visit Lyndhurst, Brockenhurst, Lymington and beaches along the south coast, including those at Milford-on-Sea, Barton-on-Sea and Highcliffe.

After arriving at Lyndhurst and freshening up at car park rest room, we caught site of a New Forest speciality: the magnificent ponies. Everyone enjoyed taking photographs of them.

We then took a short coach ride to Brockenhurst. There we focused on human geography considering the impact of people on the landscape and its management, potential stakeholders (players) in the area, and the type of people that lived and worked there.

Next, we headed to Lymington for a fish and chip lunch. Then in the afternoon our focus shifted to the coastline.  Our first destination was Milford-on-Sea. After this we went to Barton on Sea, and then finally to Highcliffe, the last location. Here we learnt how the physical processes of mass movement, weathering, marine erosion, transportation and deposition presented management challenges. It was helpful to see things first hand and understand why different management approaches were being used at different locations.

This trip was beneficial for our learning, linking directly to our GCSE Geography course. It was also a great day out with our friends and teachers. On behalf of all the GCSE Geography students, I would like to say thank you to Mrs Roberts and the whole geography department of LGS for accompanying us on this trip and making it an interesting, informative and enjoyable day.