Geography Trips to Cornwall & The West Country
The coastal landscape of Cornwall and the West Country is a renowned training ground for geography students and a source of great scientific interest – an area where discovery and exploration go hand in hand.
The Jurassic coast with its iconic natural landforms of Lulworth Cove, the Lulworth Crumple, the Fossil Forest and Durdle Door offer the perfect outdoor classroom to conduct field study in a range of topics from landforms, coastal processes, erosion, geology and rocks, to sustainable tourism management.
No visit to Cornwall would be complete without a visit to the Eden Project to see how an old quarry site has been transformed into a diverse tropical paradise where tourism and ecology coexist side by side
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Reasons to Visit
The Jurassic Coast
The layers of the Jurassic Coast reveal the geological history of Earth across 185 million years covering the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. This journey reveals that the landscape has been desert, tropical sea, ancient forest and lush swamp, all of which is recorded in rock and laid out along the 95 mile stretch of coast. The coastal landscape here is renowned as a training ground for geography students and as a source of great scientific interest – an outdoor laboratory where discovery and exploration go hand in hand.
Lulworth is recognised as one of the best places in the UK to study coastal processes, geology, ecology and tourism. Its dramatic scenery helps to tell the story of 150 million years of the Earth’s history. With its stunning rock formations and breath-taking views, it is home to the iconic landforms of Lulworth Cove, the Lulworth Crumple, the Fossil Forest and Durdle Door. Groups can take part in learning workshops on a range of topics from landforms, erosion, geology, and rocks, to sustainable tourism management.
The Eden Project
The Eden project is a dramatic global garden located in a reclaimed quarry pit the size of 30 football pitches. The site is dominated by 2 giant biomes, each simulating different global environments to give an insight into mankind's dependence on plant life. The largest biome simulates a rainforest environment allowing visitors to get high up in the tree canopy and the second a Mediterranean environment. The attraction offers a fun and fascinating day out but with its core message of conservation, education and sustainability it is probably one of the best outdoor classrooms you could visit.
Eden Project Workshops
A range of educational workshops are available including:
A Pocketful of Eden:
Journey deep into the heart of Eden and use your senses to discover a magical world of plants and people.
Going to Extremes:
How do plants feed themselves, reproduce and survive, all whilst rooted to the spot? Students investigate adaptations to life in the tropics and look into the implications of a changing climate for the future of plants and people.
The Cheddar gorge is one of the most spectacular landscapes in the country. At almost 400 feet deep and 3 miles long it is England’s largest gorge. The gorge was formed during the last Ice Age when glacial melt waters carved the limestone rock into the steep cliffs and cave system we see today. As well as viewing the awe-inspiring cliffs and landscape Cheddar Gorge provides educational visits which which include a guided tour and workshop on the rocks and geography of the area.
Tate St Ives
Tate St Ives is part of the Tate family of venues that includes Tate Modern, Tate Britain and Tate Liverpool and opened in 1993 to celebrate the rich history of modern art in St Ives. Recently re-opened after a £20m renovation which has doubled the gallery space, it continues to inspire with its seasonal exhibitions of international modern and contemporary art all presented with breath-taking views of the beach.
Cornish Seal Sanctuary
Hear about dramatic rescues and meet the seal and sea lion characters whose individual stories are brought to life during your visit. The Sanctuary is also home to fun loving otters, playful penguins, potty paddock animals and a rock pool hosting a wide range of marine creatures.
Land's End is mainland Britain’s most south-westerly point and one of the country’s most famous landmarks. From the 200 foot high granite cliffs that rise out of the Atlantic Ocean you can gaze across to the Longships Lighthouse, the Isles of Scilly twenty eight miles away and beyond that, North America.
St Michael's Mount
The jewel in Cornwall's crown, a fairytale island surrounded in myth and legend. Stroll across the granite causeway to discover an island where modern life meets layers of history with a medieval castle, a sub-tropical garden paradise and a close-knit island community.
The Minack Theatre is Cornwall's world famous open-air theatre, carved into the granite cliff and set in glorious gardens overlooking the spectacular panorama of Porthcurno Bay. The summer theatre season runs from May to September presenting drama, musicals and opera in this most dramatic of settings.
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