Urban Change & Glaciation Study: Geography School Trips to Liverpool & Snowdonia

Combining both physical and human fieldwork opportunities, this 2-day Geography School trip to Liverpool & Snowdonia will enable your students to complete their GCSE fieldwork requirements for most of the exam boards.

We can provide data collection sheets for students to use or adapt depending upon your learning objectives.

The suggested itinerary below is based upon fieldwork in Liverpool and the Nant Ffrancon Valley but if preferred, we can substitute the Nant Ffrancon Glacial study with one in the Great Langdale Valley.

Please ask to speak to one of our Geography Consultants to discuss the fieldwork requirements of your particular specification.




Day One

  Dock Cathedral Ferry
  • 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

  • Check-in at accommodation (this can be based in North Wales or in Liverpool depending upon your requirements)

  • Evening meal


Optional evening activities can include a fieldwork study session which can be delivered by one of our Geography Specialist guides (if booked), or a leisure activity of your choice.



Nant Ffrancon U shaped Valley



Day Two

Alternative Glacial Landscape Study

  • Depart after breakfast & travel into Liverpool

  • Follow an urban transect route from CBD core to the suburbs

  • Alternatively, we can use your own study focus to identify relevant key locations in and around the city

  • Data collection templates & fieldwork activities supplied

  • Depart Liverpool & return to school

Langdale Valley, Lake District

  • On Day One, travel to the Lake District followed by a glacial landscape study of the  Langdale Valley

  • Overnight in either the Lake District or travel to Liverpool for evening check-in at accommodation

  • Day Two - see opposite


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Glacial Study


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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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.


Urban Transect:  Suggested locations for data collection are based in Hale Village, Speke, Dingle & Toxteth, Chinatown & Liverpool One. We can advise specific sites where students can visit to carry out their fieldwork.


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
The Port of Liverpool Building


Nant Ffrancon Valley  

This tour is designed to enable students to:

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

Students will:

  • carry out at least two days of fieldwork in two contrasting environments
  • explore both physical and human processes and the interactions between them
  • have the opportunity to 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 and quantitative
  • be encouraged to critically reflect on the data and the methods they use
  • will see the relationship between the fieldwork and the specification content
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Study Materials Relevant to Your GCSE
  Field Sketching

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

  • Factual detail & background information on each location visited
  • Maps, diagrams & illustrations
  • Data collection sheets
  • Exam-style fieldwork questions
  • Further 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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