This course is for young people aged between 16 and 18 years old who are interested in discovering the geology and geomorphology of South Devon.
From the highest tors of Dartmoor to the hidden dark caves of the South Devon coastline.

Immerse yourself in the local history of this fascinating landscape. During this course you will get hands-on experience with rock identification, geomorphological mapping, landscape evolution, and fossil exploration.

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Fancy some adrenaline too? See the coastline from a different perspective with a coasteering adventure, where you will test your nerves and fully embrace the rocky landscape that you’ll be calling home for a week.

Our residentials also give you the chance to develop a range of transferable skills. These types of skills help across many areas of life and are particularly good for including in job or education applications.

Transferable skills that are likely to be covered in this residential:

  • Communicating with others
  • Working as a team
  • Managing your time
  • Taking the lead
  • Keeping focused
  • Problem solving
  • Decision making

If you are doing the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, this course is also an ideal way to complete the ‘Residential’ section of the award.

We want to ensure participants get to share in their experience with those of a similar age. Please consider what age the attendee will be on the course date and check they fit into the age category when booking. 

If the attendee is under 18, the booking must be made by a parent/guardian. When you book, it is essential that you enter the age and attendees name in the Order Notes at the checkout.

When attending the residential dates which welcome 16-18 year olds, all participants will be expected to follow the behaviour and conduct rules which will be in place to safeguard young people.

See our Residential FAQs page if you’d like to know the answers to our most frequently asked questions.

If these course dates do not suit you, we run similar courses at many of our other centres.

Explore our range of opportunities for young people. Whether you’re looking to complete your gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, want to explore possible careers, or simply want to expand your knowledge of nature and the natural world, our range of opportunities and experiences offers something for everyone.

Example Timetable

Example Timetable

Day 1

Arrive 12:00
Local introduction, including a walk around the Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve, leading onto Slapton Sands where you will understand how the landscape has been created, along with an introduction to rock ID.

Evening
Icebreakers and introduction to the week

 

Day 2

Full day
From the sea to the sky… you will walk the tors of Dartmoor, looking at the industrial history of this amazing landscape. You will also gain technical experience of mineral ID, along with geomorphological mapping and tor formation, all whilst adventuring through some of the UK’s most rugged environments.

Day 3

Day
A coastal day exploring the South Devon coastline.

Evening
Get your hands dirty and test out your culinary skills with handmade pizzas in our wood-fired oven; a great chance to relax and catch up on your week so far.

Day 4

Day
Explore the breathtaking Start Bay coastline right on the field centre’s doorstep. Looking at a different side of the coast we will see how large-scale events have shaped the landscape, including folding and intrusions, and how to measure this. You will then look at the landscape through the eyes of an engineering geologist seeing the issues that this coastline might be facing.

Evening
Reflect on your week around a beach campfire, taking time to see what you’ve learned and how you could develop a future in the field.

Day 5

Morning
Ending your week on a high (literally) you will gain new perspectives and experiences through adrenaline-filled coasteering just off Start Point. Looking at the landscape you have spent all week learning about whilst you swim, jump, and walk your way around the rugged coastline.

Afternoon
Post-course reflections and Duke of Edinburgh finalisation.

Depart 3.30pm

This is an example timetable so this itinerary may change due to weather, safety and external factors.

Before You Attend

What shall I bring?  

  • A good pair of walking boots
  • Wellingtons
  • Waterproof jacket & trousers
  • Hat and Gloves for warm and cold weather
  • Wash kit
  • Suitable clothing for the time of year
  • Small day rucksack
  • Head torch
  • Water bottle and lunch box

This residential is only open to young people who will be aged 16 - 18 years old at the time of attending. 

We want to ensure participants get to share in their experience with those of a similar age. Please consider what age the attendee will be on the course date and check they fit into the age category when booking.

If the attendee is under 18, the booking must be made by a parent/guardian. When you book, it is essential that you enter the age and attendees name in the Order Notes at the checkout.

When attending the residential dates which welcome 16-18 year olds, all participants will be expected to follow the behaviour and conduct rules which will be in place to safeguard young people.

Opportunities to attend this course

  • Mon 05, August 2024 12:00 - Fri 09, August 2024 15:30

    This residential is only open to young people who will be aged 16 - 18 years old at the time of attending. 

    Location
    Slapton Ley
    Price
    £408.00
    Tutor
    Centre Staff