Geography Fieldwork

At a Glance

  • Group Residentials with catering
  • Easy Access to Dartmoor National Park
  • Easy Access to Devon Coastline
  • Instructors available for safety cover for River Studies
  • Meeting Room bookable for class-room work

YHA Okehampton lies right on the edge of Dartmoor National Park. It provides an ideal venue of many different types of Geography fieldwork.  On Dartmoor there are several venues that are easy to access for studying Tor formation, from classic sites such as Hay Tor, to more local sites around Okehampton.  Dartmoor also has the highest density of prehistoric monuments in Europe, some of which are just a walk from Okehampton. There are also Medieval field systems that provide a view of past landscape changes in the region, Further afield, on the North Coast of Devon, visit Braunton Burrow, a classic Dune system allowing studies of stabilisation of sand dunes system. Travelling past Bideford and Barnstaple you can view the other end of the river system that starts on Dartmoor. Alternatively take a trip to the south Coast and visit Dawlish Warren, the Exe Estuary and the Teign Esturaries for a contrast for river studies and Dune Systems. A cycle out to Meldon Quarry provides an opportunity to study the higher parts of the water catchment that becomes the Torridge, as well as the apalite quarry and the limestone kilns, all part of the industrial heritage of Okehampton.

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