Local Field Excursions

Our surroundings allow us to give you regular hands-on experience of a wide range of environmental, ecological, geological and social situations in the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, and Morecambe Bay as well as nearby cities such as Manchester.

Kingsdale, Yorkshire

Discover evidence of past climates during this afternoon field excursion to Kingsdale in Yorkshire as part of the first year Environmental Processes and Systems module. As part of the trip you will develop your field and observation skills, which you’ll have the opportunity to put into use as part of a self-guided field trail later in the year.

Blackpool Zoo

As part of our first year Biodiversity and Conservation module, you have the opportunity to visit the zoo at nearby Blackpool to learn about conservation efforts, why species should be preserved and how conservation priorities are determined. This module also includes a trip to sites of special conservation interest in the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which is just North of Lancaster.

Manchester and Salford

Explore two very different urban environments as part of our third year Urban Infrastructure module. In Manchester you will assess how the physical infrastructure experienced by different groups of people whilst in Salford you will critically evaluate the role of different bodies in the regeneration of the area.

Lancaster Wastewater Treatment Works

Learn first-hand how and why wastewater is treated before being released into the environment during a trip to the local wastewater treatment works during our third year Water Resources Management module. You will have previously learnt about wastewater treatment processes in lectures, and this field trip enables you to see these processes in action.

Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester

Learn about the history of carbon emissions as a result of industrial activity as part of our third year Global Change and the Earth System module. During a trip to the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, you will discover the links between fossil fuels, the industrial revolution and their impacts upon our climate.


The exact field excursions available to you is dependent upon your scheme of study. For a complete list of modules available, please take a look at our Geography courses.