Year 9 trip to Cheddar Gorge
Wednesday, May 24, 2023
The Geography Department took 90 year 9 students to the Cheddar Gorge caves in Somerset last week.
The day began with a tour of Gough’s caves, where we learnt about how the caves had originally been formed and how they were excavated by Gough in the 19th century. We saw some of the amazing rock features such as the soaring chambers of St Pauls Cathedral and the towering spires of Solomon’s Temple. We also got to hear about the discovery of Cheddar man at the caves.
After the tour, we set off and explored Cox’s cave further down the gorge and then we walked up the 274 steps of Jacob’s ladder and had an impressive view of the surrounding countryside. We then took a well-deserved rest and completed some fieldwork surveys on what impact a proposed cable car scheme would have on the Cheddar Gorge area and local village. We discussed the different groups of people that would be impacted by the scheme and how it would affect the natural landscape.
The students and staff all thoroughly enjoyed the trip and some brilliant photographs were taken.
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