Despite leaving the fresh mountain air of Blencathra, Thank god finally I’m within range of WIFI! The student life is a struggle, especially coming back from the luxury of a three course meal every day. For those who don’t know where Blencathra is, it’s in the Lake District.
Day 1: In my previous blog, I said that the travel was going to be 3 hours long. I was totally wrong!!! It took us between 4-5 hours to get there including a break. It was a long coach drive there but it was definitely worth it. When we arrived at our accommodation, called Blencathra Centre, we overlooked Keswick which produced a lovely morning view,
Day 2: We dig dig dig dig dig dig dig dig in our SOIL PITS! Yes, we dug up soil pits for day 2. This allowed us to see a difference in the horizons and saw how saturated the soil was – and yes, I’m aware of how depressing that sounds if you aren’t a geography enthusiast like myself.
Day 3: Just around the river bend. Day 3 was a day based on catchment systems and we walked along Newlands Beck to its source. Don’t worry, we did not walk the whole length of the river…just the first 5km; it was tiring but worth it. Of course there was a near death experience where I almost slipped on the
rocks but luckily I survived and live to tell the tale.
Day 4: Heigh-Ho Heigh-Ho, it’s off to way we go! Day 4 followed on from Day 2 but instead of digging up soil, we walked from Skiddaw to Blencathra. The aim was to look at different vegetation and see how PH of the sediments differed.
Day 5: Heigh-ho, Heigh-ho it’s off to home we go! Last day at Blencathra and a sleepy coach journey back to Leicester. By the end of the trip, everyone was pretty much exhausted from the jam packed days we had. The coach back was like the night bus from Harry Potter where everyone was just sleeping.
Overall, the trip was an amazing experience and allowed the BSC students to bond a lot more than we usually would have. Additionally, there are Disney lyrics in this blog because a couple of us were singing Disney songs whilst walking/hiking to keep up the morale.
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