Last weekend, I spent three days at Studland Bay, Swanage. It’s a little place on the south coast and I went there on a field trip for my geography A2. The first day, Friday, we drove down and it was foggy to begin with, but as we got closer the day became beautifully clear. We made a stop in the New Forest, where we saw some wild ponies – a couple came right up to us, but I didn’t have my phone or camera on me at the time, so I couldn’t take any pictures! After that, we carried on until we arrived at a little cabin in the woods. It looked strangely antiquated.
We then had a tour guide called Kevin take us around some of the area of the national park, through the back of the sand dunes (which were what we’d come to study).
We did some prelim testing before heading to the hostel where we stayed the two nights, and went down to the town after dinner, where I went to a pub with a couple of friends for a few hours.
The second day was seriously foggy. For the majority of the day. It was really weird – it seemed to get more foggy the longer we stayed there! While we measured hundreds of metres back from the sea’s edge, we had a hard time actually seeing each other for not only the rises and falls of the sand dunes and the plants covering them, but just because if someone walked far enough with the tape measure, they just disappeared. It was eerily easy to hear people, though – you barely had to raise your voice to be heard from about 50 metres away. We measured two separate sites, and we had to walk for a kilometre in between – my group having finished last (as we were the smallest), we were the last to walk this kilometre. It went through a rather long naturist section of the beach… Thankfully, it was a bit cold for the naturists, and we only saw one!
When we’d finished, we had to walk all the way back to the beginning of the beach, which by know was probably a good couple of kilometres away. The café there was still open, so that meant one thing for me: CAKE!
The third day was by far the least physically exhausting (we were pretty tired of getting cuts & bruises from falling in the heather and gorse bushes – two days was more than enough of that) but let me tell you, doing maths at 9 on a Sunday morning is not the way I’d usually choose to spend my time. But, the work was soon over, and I was home by mid-afternoon, so it didn’t really matter.
I hadn’t been looking forward to this trip, but it turned out a fair bit better than I’d imagined it would be. I was exhausted by the end, though, but honestly – it was nice just to get out of town for a few days!