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  On a very early morning in March, the other A-level geographers and I were eager to set off on our journey to Dufton, excluding one person, who we unfortunately found to be still in bed after having called and texted a number of times, while the rest of us were raring to go waiting in the minibus at school.
The first day entailed us taking a range of different surveys in the village of Appleby in Westmorland where Nicole and I were in charge of taking environmental surveys on one side of the river and Jess, Giles and Ellie on the other. After having to walk in the rain for some time we were grateful for the number of cafes situated in the centre of the village and were thrilled to find chocolate orange hot chocolates on the menu. After warming up, we headed back out to collect a different form of survey regarding people’s views and opinions on the village. After a long day we were all glad to finally make our way to Dufton Youth Hostel where we would be staying for the next few days.
On the Saturday, we set off on our way to the base of Helvellyn, where we undertook a steep ascent,
stopping to take in the beautiful surroundings of the Lake District. Finally, we came to Red Tarn, a corrie which was carved out over many glacial periods. It was humbling to finally see the towering back walls and the icy lake at the foot of the basin, features which we couldn’t have visualised to such an extent from the textbook descriptions. Much fun was had at the lake with several photo opportunities and a chance to rest whilst around us a fell running race was happening. Afterwards we ambled back down the face of the mountain and enjoyed a relaxing hot drink and a cake in the local cafe. Later on, we reflected on our sights from the day and turned in for the night. Truly a day I will never forget!
On the last day of the trip we packed up the minibus and ventured out of the hostel for our final day, to
visit the remaining landforms that we were studying
as part of our syllabus. Firstly we went to Brampton Ridge, which was the example we were using as an esker (a long, originally knife-edged ridge made of unconsolidated sediment). On our way home we
then made a few stops in order to see our other case studies, which put the true scale of glacial features into perspective. Our last stop, Talkin Tarn, which is a kettle hole, was particularly enjoyable.
Here we walked around the enormous lake and enjoyed some lunch sitting on steps that looked out over the water. After finishing lunch we were delighted to find the ice cream shop, due to it being such a
warm day in complete contrast to the first. We were all slightly disheartened to think that we had to get back in the swelteringly hot minibus for a two and a half hour journey home. When taking our seats reluctantly in the minibus it was clear that the journey home was going to be a much quieter one than the outward journey.
Alisha Bhandari and Nicole Baldwin, Year 12

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