Lower Fourth Fieldwork in Cardingmill Valley, Shropshire – October 2013

By Clara Harrision, L4K

Geography field trips, one of the greatest parts of the curriculum – being outside, experiencing the real world for yourself! Whether it is raining, sunny, snowing or hailing there’s always a great sense of anticipation and excitement. I can honestly say that Cardingmill Valley was by far one of the most fascinating trips I have ever been on.

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The walk up to the main stream was where the fun began. The path we climbed was quite rocky, causing great excitement and bringing out the competitive side in many of the girls. What’s more fun than seeing who can get to the top of a rocky slope the fastest? It was all worth it when we got to the top and saw the breathtaking views. It was like Mrs Cowan’s whiteboard drawings, but in real life! We could see the interlocking spurs that the river was winding its way through, and all the features of textbook streams, which we now knew to be real! After choosing the most adventurous route to the grass bank on the other side of the river (i.e. wading straight through the river!) we examined the map and worked out where we were. Having discussed the features of the upper course of the river we had time to take class photos which, in the true spirit of L4K, was done in the river itself.

 

The second part of the trip was in many ways my favourite: Lightspout Waterfall. It was such a pretty little waterfall, though my field sketch of it didn’t do it justice! It was so thrilling to be sitting in the gorge knowing that if we could have travelled back in time one hundred years or so we would have been sitting right underneath the flow of water that was crashing down into the peaceful river below.

 

After this we went back to the main stream to do some data recording. This proved to be challenging, particularly as, when trying to record how fast the river was flowing, we couldn’t actually catch the float (a cork) as it flowed downstream to our post. After much deliberation over what the precise width of the river was (somewhere between 5m 6cm and 5m 8cm!) we were ready to head home from what had been one of the most exhilarating school days of this term. Thanks must go to Mr Duncombe, Mrs Cowan (and her whiteboard drawings) and Mr Devey without whom the trip wouldn’t have been possible!

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