We left for Malham from John Lyon on the 2nd July at around 9 am. We travelled up to the North of England to the Yorkshire Dales which took almost six hours. We were split into groups and introduced to our helpers for the trip who would take us to collect data for the trip and help us with the controlled assement data that we would collect on this trip.
The next day we had a quick classroom session involving the impacts of tourism and then we walked a total of five miles along the penine way up to Malham village collecting data about the environmental quality index, footpath erosion, people passing and litter in the area at four different sites along pennine way which included Malham Cove. Malham Cove is a large crag of Carbonifourus Limestone 6 metres taller than Niagra Falls. We then returned to the classroom to discuss data and start planning how to write our controlled assesment.
We woke up early again on our thrid day at the Field Wrk Centre in the Yorkshire Dales. Everyone was down at breakfast for 8.30 making sure they weren’t late and didn’t end up in the ‘serving seat.’ After our usual breakfast of sausage, bacon, beans and hash browns we all went into the classrooms to find out what we would be collecting data about today. Our task was to investigate the impacts of quarry traffic on a locality, so we headed out to Dry Rigg quarry where we received an educational tour around the quarry answering our question sheets. Then we headed towards the town of Settle in the mini-buses. After a 20 minute journey over some bumpy roads we arrived in Settle and conducted a traffic survey, my group also had to survey some locals or visitors on their opinions on quarry traffic in Settle. After that we returned to the centre for dinner and some practice on our control assessment.
After another early start the next day we began our 6 hour coach journey back to school. We only stopped once for lunch on our journey and we retuned back to school before 4 O’clock. This was a welcome return to civilisation but we had all fully enjoyed the trip and learned a lot.