Beacons Fieldtrip day 2

The Saturday was spent examining the Geography of the local area around Talybont on Usk. I have to thank all of those involved: Ron from the Brecon Beacons National Park eductaion service and all those at Big Pit.

After a huge breakfast (another thank you to the staff at Danywenallt) the group tackled a 4km walk tracing the industrial history of the valley. This included the impact of tourism – for example one of the local villages has only 9 residents due to the effect of second homes. Pupils investigated the site of the old water wheel, the uses of the canal and also explored access and conservation issues.

We visited Big Pit after lunch and the students saw the contrast between the agricultural and industrial valleys. A huge thank you to Pete the guide who really made the tour enjoyable.

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