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Reasons to love Geography: Fieldtrips

A Picture of Mira

Hello everyone!

The Geography department travels a lot, and as a student I get  to see lots of the beautiful British countryside. The first year starts with a short, overnight trip to Hadrian’s wall and Vindolanda, where the main goal is to get to know each other and bond. Last spring our trip headed to the Lake District for a week, where we had three days on the field, lots of walking and doing what geographers do best: measure, learn, and enjoy the view. This spring is an exciting time for all second year students, as we have the biggest fieldtrip yet to come. Most of the trips are for human geographers and are heading to Borneo, Berlin, Hong Kong, Barcelona, and Copenhagen. Physical geographers are going to South-West America and Ireland, where I’m heading myself.

The shorter fieldtrips are free, everything is provided. Even the cool waterproof notebooks! However, you do need to have proper, waterproof equipment, such as clothing and footwear. I purchased a pair of wellies, an amazing decision so far. Those longer fieldtrips mentioned above do incur costs but the University contributes £600. I chose Ireland because I don’t have to pay anything myself.

Here are just some pictures from my recent fieldtrips to give you a taste of what to expect as a Geography student at Newcastle Uni.


Blencathra teaching centre

Mosedale Beck in Lake District


River Coquet at Sharperton


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