'We left Cokethorpe amid news stories of Storm Ophelia battering Ireland and slightly worried about our journey to North Wales. A calm drive disguised the scene which we arrived into with power cuts in the field centre, branches cracking off trees in the high winds and the centre on lockdown. With emergency lighting and no WiFi an early night prepared us all for three excellent days of fieldwork and data collection for the projects Geography students now provide as part of their A Level qualification. Students worked hard, often long into the evening collecting and analysing data for these individual projects in the tourist town on Llanberis and the glaciated landscape of Cwm Idwal.
Two students also celebrated their 18th birthdays on this trip, taking home signed slate place mats as a memory from the area. Finally, on the day of departure we were able to experience the longest zip wire in the country over the old slate quarries of Blaenau Ffestiniog and one of Wales’s newest forms of adventure tourism. Standards of behaviour from all students was excellent and my thanks goes to the Geography teachers who accompanied the trip. We look forward to seeing the fruits of their labour in the written up projects.'