On a cold and damp February morning, 30 geography students and staff from Blackburn Central High School traveled to scenic Ingleton Waterfalls in the Yorkshire Dales.
Our aim was to make Geography “real” to Year 9 students, by experiencing the amazing geographical phenomena of waterfall after amazing waterfall in this stunning location.
I was pleased to see the young people excited by rivulet of water flowing out of the surrounding high land along the pathway, and the increasing surging of the water in the main channel until the first glorious waterfall came into view. “That’s sick!” was a common observation.
For many of the Year 9 students walking four and a half miles along muddy paths, and up and down steep inclines was challenging but also rewarding. Cold wet feet and tired muscles were a price worth paying for a day out in the Yorkshire Dales and a real sense of achievement was experienced by all when we arrived back at the minibus. There were a few sleepy children on the drive home.
Many thanks to staff involved with driving and providing moral support for those who were flagging on the way round, plus proving a well appreciated cup of tea at the highest point for staff – Mrs Craig, Mr Donaldson and Mr Burns.
Mrs P Crawford
Teacher of Geography