School coasts trips in the UK
Cornwall is the ultimate seaside destination in the UK and so makes a perfect choice for a geography school trip focused on coasts.
Surrounded by the sea on three sides, Cornwall’s north and south coasts have very different characters, which you’ll be able to explore on your coasts school trip.
The county’s northern coast is more exposed the prevailing winds coming in from the Atlantic and this has resulted in a rugged, dramatic coastline with dramatic cliffs, such as those at Lizard Point. The southern coast is much more sheltered, with several rias that have created deep water harbours.
Your students will love exploring the tidal island of St. Michael’s Mount and the dunes of Hayle Towans. And you can even take part in a beach clean, to give them the opportunity to give something back and help to protect this precious landscape.
The North York Moors is also home to some of the UK’s best-loved coastline and includes the seaside resorts of Whitby and Scarborough. The dramatic coastline of the North York Moors is famous for its dramatic cliffs, sandy bays and rocky shores.
A 36 mile stretch of this coastline has even been designated a Heritage Coast, which requires the local authorities to take steps to protect it – something your students can learn more about on your school trip.
School coasts trips abroad
A visit to the Amalfi Coast on a geography school trip to Naples and Sorrento demonstrates how the interaction of winds and waves have developed such a unique landscape, and also offers the opportunity to explore how mass tourism has affected the local area.
Similarly, in Barcelona and the Costa Brava, your students can explore how tourism has impacted the resort of Lloret de Mar. And they can discover more about beach management along this coastline, exploring the various management techniques and how they have to take into consideration the financial importance of tourism, alongside the need to protect this important habitat.
A trip to Tenerife provides a chance to see an entirely different type of coastal landscape, with volcanic black beaches and basalt cliffs.
Alternatively, Sicily provides a great location for comparing river and coastal landforms.
Why arrange a school coasts trip?
Explore coastal landscapes and management
If your students are learning more about coastal landscapes, there’s really nothing better than getting out of the classroom and out to the coast to see these for themselves.
Whether you want them to learn more about erosional landforms such as cliffs, wave cut platforms, bays and headlands, or depositional landforms such as beaches, bars and spits, we can help you to choose the right coastal landscape for your specific learning objectives.
And, wherever you choose to go, your students will learn more about the importance of coastal management and some of the ways that this has been implemented in the coastal landscape you’re exploring.
Discover the impact of tourism
When we think about summer holidays, most of us think about being by the seaside, and so coastal locations often draw in huge numbers of tourists, particularly during the summer. This influx of tourists is often hugely important to the local economy, but it can have a big impact on the landscape and the environment.
On your school coasts trip, your students will have the opportunity to explore this impact. Barcelona and the Costa Brava, in particular, is a fantastic destination in which to explore this. Your students will love the opportunity to visit the town of Lloret de Mar, which became a popular resort after package tourism arrived in Spain.
Around 40% of all visitors to the Costa Brava stay in Lloret de Mar, which is estimated to have over 30,000 hotel beds.
Another great destination in which to explore the impact of tourism on coastal landscapes is the Amalfi Coast, which you can visit on a geography school trip to Naples and Sorrento.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this spectacular coastline is famous for its beautiful, colourful towns and villages built into the cliffside. A hugely popular destination for wealthy tourists, the infrastructure here was built for local use and as such is extremely susceptible to over tourism, especially during summer and Easter.
Enjoy the trip as much as your students
Originally founded by former teachers, we understand the value of geography school trips and how to make them successful.
Your trip will be completely tailor made, to ensure that it meets your specific requirements and learning objectives. And we’ll be on hand throughout the process to answer any questions you have.
In fact, we’ll be with you every step of the way, from now until you return home at the end of your trip. While abroad, you’ll be able to reach us with just one phone call, at any time of the day or night. And, with this comprehensive level of support while you’re away, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy immersing yourself in geography as much as your students.