A review of Year 8’s Geography Trip in June 2018, by Cherry Poyner, Year 8:

“We arrived first at Mappleton in coaches and we separated off into groups and were given booklets that we were to fill in with information about the sites we were visiting. The questions included some about the sea defences against longshore drift and the size difference between chalk pebbles in different places. Our main question that we were supposed to prove was: “is long shore drift real?”

As we walked down to the beach of Mappleton we could see far out to sea as it was a beautifully sunny day. Once on the beach, we found out about the weak boulder clay was the reason Mappleton was in danger as it was easily eroded. Our teacher even picked a bit off to show how weak it was. However we also learned that the reason that Mappleton still exists is because of the rock armour and rock walls that protects the coast and cost around £2 million to build. After that, we measured the size of 10 of the chalk rocks we believe came from the chalk cliffs up in Flamborough and were washed to Mappleton because of longshore drift, so that we could look at the differences between them and the ones from the chalk cliffs of Flamborough head. We then headed back to the coaches, so that we could travel to Flamborough head.”

Once we had reached Flamborough, we headed down to the bay, which meant we had to go down the thin steep steps, once again in our groups. The bay had a wave cut platform just a little way down the beach which we could sit on to fill in our sheets and the view from the bay was stunning as the sun shone on the sea and the chalk cliffs were brilliantly bright. Another thing we noticed was how high the water level rose when the tide came in due to the dark makings on the headlands. Two groups at a time, we headed through an arch to see a smaller beach – which had been created by erosion of the headlands around us – and was where we collected data for another set of 10 chalkstones that seemed larger than the ones at Mappleton just by sight. Some people took pictures of the wonderful view as the arch cast a deep shadow contrasting the bright sky, some people even paddled in the water! Unfortunately, two people slipped and fell into the shallow water, drenching their legs but they soon dried out because of the warm sunshine of the afternoon

After paddling and sitting on the rocks, we clambered back up the stairs and to a large grassy patch where we stopped to eat our packed lunches as myself and my fellow students sat in large huddles in the sunshine. Once we had finished our lunch we all finished our booklets and headed back to Millthorpe on the coaches.”