Glaciation & Tourism Study: Snowdonia & North Wales Geography School trips

Geography school trips to Snowdonia & North Wales can focus on glacial landforms & processes in the Nant Ffrancon Valley, the impact of economic change in Betws-y-Coed, Llanberis or Llandudno & the sustainability of natural resource extraction in the National Park.

We can provide data collection sheets for students to use or adapt depending upon your learning objectives. For GCSE groups, we include exam-style GCSE questions which can help to assess the impact of the trip on learning.

We can tailor your visit to cover your students' specific learning objectives.  Please ask to speak to one of our Geography Consultants to discuss your particular requirements. This tour can also be combined with a History trip to Liverpool (GCSE: Battle of the Atlantic & the Blitz) or North Wales (KS3/GCSE: Castles of Edward I).




One-Day Tour (for schools within 120 miles of Snowdonia)

  Field Sketching



  • School pick-up (no earlier than 06.00 hours) & travel to Snowdonia National Park
  • Nant Ffrancon Valley & Cwm Idwal: glacial processes & landforms
  • Dinorwig HEP: Sustainable use of resources
  • Llanberis, Betws-y-Coed or Llandudno: impact of economic change
  • Data collection templates & fieldwork activities provided
  • Optional leisure activity: Mount Snowdon Railway, ascent of the Great Orme or visit Great Orme Copper Mines
  • Return to school with evening drop-off (time dependent on school location)

Nant Ffrancon U shaped Valley



Two-Day Tour

  • Day 1:  School pick-up (earliest 06.00 hours) & travel to Snowdonia National Park
  • Late morning/lunch-time arrival North Wales
  • Nant Ffrancon Valley & Cwm Idwal: glacial processes & landforms
  • Data collection templates & fieldwork activities provided
  • Check-in at accommodation & evening meal
  • Day 2:  Dinorwig HEP (Electric Mountain): Sustainable use of resources
  • Llanberis, Betws-y-Coed or Llandudno: Impact of economic change
  • Optional activity: Mount Snowdon Railway, ascent of the Great Orme, Great Orme Copper Mines
  • Return to school with evening drop-off (time dependent on school location)


Add an Extra Day....

  • Study the regeneration of Liverpool (see our Liverpool tour for details)
  • Combine with another department. We also have tours for: History (Liverpool or Snowdonia) & Art (Liverpool)
  • Two nights' half-board accommodation
  • Our advice: Including some fun activities can help you sell the tour to your students especially if there is competition from other subjects
  • Combine with another department: This can make the tour viable if you have low numbers 

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Snowdonia: Glaciation & Impact of Tourism









Nant Ffrancon Valley Floor   Nant Ffrancon Valley:  The steepness of the rock lip & depth of the Valley are the result of the convergence & erosive power of two glaciers; the Ogwen Valley Glacier from the south-west & Llanberis Valley Glacier from the south-east.  
  Cwm Idwal & Ogwen Cottage:  The steep slabs at the back of Cwm Idwal are popular with climbers & abseilers. Ogwen Cottage is now a hostel used as a base for climbing & walking.


  Activities in the Valley:  The are several sheep farms in the Valley. Cattle & pigs are also kept on the flat valley floor. The Penryhn Slate Quarry is at the northern end of the Valley.   
  Betws-y-Coed & Llanberis:  Good transport links & proximity to Llandudno, Mount Snowdon & Nant Ffrancon have made these villages honey-pot sites for tourists.  
  Dinorwig HEP:  Dinorwig (also known as Electric Mountain) offers a case study focusing on the sustainable generation of hydro-electricity.   
Llandudno:  The main occupations in Llandudno in the first half of the 19th century were copper mining, fishing & agriculture. Between 1857 & 1877, Llandudno was specifically developed as a holiday resort, taking advantage of good railway connections. The limestone cliffs of the Great Orme provide ideal nesting sites for a variety of sea birds. Llandudno also provides opportunities to investigate coastal processes & landforms.  
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Curriculum Relevance
National Curriculum KS3


Nant Ffrancon Valley  

Glacial processes & impact on the landscape • key features • People & the environment • locating places & describing locations


Using fieldwork to enquire, collect, analyse & draw conclusions from data


Primary data collection & fieldwork investigation opportunities • map-reading


Nant Ffrancon Valley: Landscape • glacial & post-glacial processes • impact of physical processes & human activity including farming & mining


Betws-y-Coed & Llanberis: History & decline of mining • honey-pot sites • rural environment & economic change • local needs • HEP • employment • sustainability


Llandudno: History • growth & influence of railways • economic change • coastal processes & landforms

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Study Materials Relevant to Your GCSE/National Curriculum KS3
  Snowdon View

Our study materials are designed by teachers with GCSE examining experience.  When you book with us, you will receive a copy of both our student study packs & teachers' notes, free of charge. You can:

  • use our study materials exclusively
  • use your own study materials
  • use a combination of your own & our materials
The Student Pack Includes  

The Teacher Pack Additionally Includes

  • Information on each location visited
  • Maps, diagrams & illustrations
  • Data collection sheets
  • Guidance notes giving a broader context to each visit
  • A curriculum matrix linking each location to the curriculum

Integrate with Your Scheme of Work

  Study Materials:  Skills & Concepts  
  • Introductory materials can be used on tour or as part of your pre-tour preparation
  • Study materials are also suitable for post-tour follow-up
  • Knowledge & comprehension 
  • Key Geographical concepts
  • Map skills & sense of place
  • Understand, analyse & evaluate evidence
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Our Guides


  Group Betws y Coed 2








We believe a study tour is an educational experience best delivered by people with a knowledge and understanding of the educational system & culture. You can discuss learning aims & objectives with your guide so that the tour meets your requirements.

  • Our Geography guides are former teachers, excellent communicators & have examining experience.
  • They have organised tours themselves so understand the demands placed on accompanying staff.
  • They have an enthusiasm for imparting knowledge & ideas & engaging with young minds.


Kath Murray, BSc, PGCE



Kath has travelled extensively in Europe & has led numerous field trips within the UK for GCSE Geography groups. She is also a Subject Specialist Consultant for Galina & is currently helping to develop our range of UK tours.

Kath has taught in secondary schools in Runcorn for 16 years up to A-Level standard. A former Head of Geography with GCSE examining experience, she has also taught History & Religious Studies.

“Kath is an excellent tour guide, she met our objectives perfectly, she had clearly done her research on our A-Level specification beforehand. Her subject knowledge & enthusiasm was fantastic. She phoned me before the trip to introduce herself & talk through her plans, which was very reassuring.She was a fantastic asset to the trip”

Imberhorne School, West Sussex

Kath Murray Geography  


Selected & Trained by Galina 

  • We have our own training programme to ensure consistently high standards.
  • Our guides up-to-date with current examination specifications & amendments to Key Stage 3.
  • All guides are DBS-checked.
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  YHA Conwy






The accommodation we use regularly is audited following guidelines laid down by the School Travel Forum and incorporated into our Safety Management System.


YHA Conwy


YHA Conwy is situated on a hillside ten minutes' walk from the centre of town. Conwy Castle & town walls are less than a mile from the hostel. The beach is also easily accessible. Llandudno is five miles from Conwy & Caernarfon Castle is 20 miles (or a half-hour drive) away. Nant Ffrancon Valley, Llanberis, Snowdon Mountain Railway, Dinorwig & Electric Mountain are all within 20-25 miles.

YHA Conwy Bedroom

YHA Conwy Dining Room

YHA Conwy Lounge  


  • Capacity for 82 guests in 25 rooms.
  • En-suite facilities
  • Rooms accommodate two to six people
  • Bunk beds
  • Staff accommodated in twin/quad rooms
  • TV lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Bar & lounge area
  • Observation area
  • Roof terrace
  • Garden
  • Games room
  • Meeting room for hire
  • Disabled access
  • Free WiFi
  • Bed linen provided. Take your own towels
  • Coach parking
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Norton Canes High School, Staffordshire

"A successful tour & the students all really enjoyed it.  We will definitely run the tour again."


Longhill High School, Brighton

"I found the pack informative, concise & easy to use.  Kevin, the driver, was punctual, courteous & considerate at all times.  He was keen to accommodate our needs & dealt with problems with students in a professional manner.  Accommodation exceeded our expectations & provided good food & customer service." 


Eskdale School, Whitby, North Yorkshire

"I cannot praise Stan, the driver, highly enough.  His driving skills, attitude to the students & all round helpfulness were exemplary.  Another excellent tour with no problems." 


Woodlands School, Basildon

"Tour administration is always very efficient.  Marlène helps us to make each trip memorable & (where possible) meets our requests."

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