Shrewsbury School

Glacial and Fluvial Investigations - Snowdonia and the River Severn: source to school

Friday 20 September 2019

Over the last two weeks, two major Geography Faculty fieldtrips have taken place.

Fifty-two Lower Sixth Formers examined the glacial valley of the Nant Ffrancon in Snowdonia and relict post-glacial landscape of Cwm Idwal. The route they followed was similar to the one explored by Charles Darwin in 1831.


The Fourth Form trip involved 95 pupils. They continued their study of rivers by noting changes downstream from the source of the River Severn to School.

River profiling was conducted at various sites near the source in the Hafren Forest, where pupils examined the velocity and discharge of the river. Other sites were visited downstream from Llanidloes to gain a more complete understanding of the fluvial geomorphology of the Severn.

Fieldwork has always, and will remain, an integral part of what we do in the Shrewsbury Geography Faculty. This October Half-term, we will be travelling with our Lower Sixth students to Chamonix to examine a contemporary glacial and alpine environment. In July 2020, we will be taking the Fourth Form to Iceland to undertake an action-packed trip involving caving in lava tubes, snorkelling between tectonic plates, a SuperJeep tour up the Eyjafjallajökull volcano and examinations of geysers amongst many other activities.

The letter for the Iceland Fieldtrip has been sent to all parents of current Fourth Form Geographers. A copy can be downloaded here: Geography Iceland Trip 2020 - letter to parents

The deadline for returns is 1st October 2019, and places are limited.

Mr Russell
Head of Geography

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