Impact of Tourism & Urban Study: Geography School Trips to Lake District & Liverpool

Our Geography trips to the Lake District & Liverpool focus on the impact of tourism in the popular tourist honeypot of Grasmere.

We provide data collection sheet templates your students to use or adapt depending upon their 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 itinerary to cover your students' specific learning objectives.  Please ask to speak to one of our Geography Consultants to discuss your particular requirements. This tour also includes an urban study in Liverpool.




Day One: Impact of Tourism on Lakeland Communities




  • School pick-up (no earlier than 06.00 hours) & travel to Cumbria
  • Visits to Grasmere & Ambleside/Windermere
  • Data collection templates & fieldwork activities provided
  • Optional activities can include a cruise on Lake Windermere or a visit to Kendal 
  • Travel to your accommodation in Liverpool
  • Check-in & evening meal
  • Optional evening work session (if Guide booked)

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Day Two: Urban Regeneration in Liverpool

Day Two: Alternative Visits ~ Coastal Study  
  • Depart accommodation after breakfast & follow an urban transect route from the CBD core to the suburbs
  • Alternatively you can examine redevelopment along the Waterfront or in the City Centre 
  • Data collection templates & fieldwork activities provided
  • Optional activities: Merseyside Maritime Museum, Beatles Story, Stadium visit to Anfield or Goodison Park, Mersey Ferry trip, Shopping & free time in Liverpool One
  • Depart from Liverpool & return to school

  • Depart after breakfast to visit the coastal area between Formby & Ainsdale. Visits include:
  • Formby Beach & Ravenmeols Sandhills to look at coastal ecosystem management
  • Sefton Coastal Path
  • Ainsdale National Nature Reserve & sand dunes
  • Data collection templates & fieldwork activities provided
  • Depart from Liverpool & return to school

Add an Extra Day.... 

  • Add a day to your tour for sight-seeing & leisure activities 
  • Combine with another department. We also have tours for History & Art based in 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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Tourism Study


Grasmere & Ambleside: Impact of Tourism






Grasmere Geography trips  
Grasmere: The village of Grasmere is a superb location for an investigation into the impact of tourism on a rural honeypot site.

The size & layout of the village makes it ideal for data collection - visitor & resident questionnaires, traffic flow measurement, car park studies, land use surveys & environmental impact assessments can all be carried out here.

Students can investigate how the village has changed by mapping the building functions in the village currently with those in the past.

The numerous small car parks & the newly built coach park gives an insight into the village's sphere of influence & is a good location to carry out visitor questionnaires
Ambleside: This provides a much larger example of a village which has been changed significantly by tourism. You can use this either as an alternative study to Grasmere or as well as (time permitting).
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Urban Study


Liverpool: Regeneration of the City








Liver Building   Albert Dock:  The Albert Dock closed in 1972 due to the decline of Liverpool's docks in the wake of  containerisation. Formerly derelict, today, it is the most-visited multi-use attraction in the UK outside London & the largest single collection of Grade I listed buildings anywhere in the country.  
  Museums in the Albert Dock:  These include the Tate Liverpool, the Merseyside Maritime Museum & the Beatles Story which all re-use parts of the old warehouses. Apart from the museums, there are two hotels & several bars & restaurants in the dock.   


  Pier Head:  The Royal Liver, Cunard & Port of Liverpool Buildings are all Grade I or II* listed & sometimes referred to as The Three Graces. All were built at the beginning of the 20th century.  The Cunard Building now houses the British Music Experience.  
  Liverpool One:  This new shopping & leisure development has rejuvenated the City Centre & boosted the local economy. It includes public spaces, retail outlets, offices, leisure facilities & apartments. Chavasse Park provides a nearby green space.    
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Curriculum Relevance

DfE Requirements




Grasmere Buildings from local stone and slate  

This tour is designed to enable students to:

  • understand how to select the appropriate geographical enquiry process
  • collect data that they can analyse & use to explain case studies & theories
  • reflect critically on the data collected, the methods used & the conclusions drawn

GCSE Fieldwork Requirements


Students will:

  • carry out at least two days of fieldwork in two contrasting environments
  • explore both physical & human processes & the interactions between them
  • carry out extended fieldwork to develop their understanding of other aspects of their course, using case study examples
  • collect data using a variety of methods, both qualitative & quantitative
  • be encouraged to critically reflect on the data & the methods they use
  • see the relationship between the fieldwork & the specification content
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Study Materials
  Dove Cottage

Our study materials are designed by teachers with GCSE & A Level 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
  • Advice on how to organise your visits & practical tips

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


  Langdale Pike








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 Liverpool





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


YHA Liverpool


This youth hostel is located within easy walking distance of the city centre in an area known as the Baltic Triangle. The Albert Dock can be reached on foot in five minutes. Within the dock you'll find the Northern Tate, Maritime Museum & international Slavery Museum. The dock is part of the Liverpool Waterfront complex which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Liverpool's two Cathedrals are less than a mile from the hostel & the two football stadia within four miles.

YHA Liverpool Typical Bedroom

YHA Liverpool Dining Room

 YHA Liverpool Lounge  


  • Capacity for 156 guests in 30 rooms on 3 floors (access via stairs).
  • Rooms accommodate two to six people
  • Staff accommodated in twin/quad rooms
  • Bunk beds
  • 28 of the 30 rooms have en-suite facilities
  • TV lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Bar & lounge area
  • Games room
  • Disabled access
  • Free WiFi
  • Classroom facilities
  • Garden area
  • 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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