Either side of the Blyth estuary lie two very different coastal communities and very different beaches. Southwold is blessed with a sandy beach, wide in places and retained by a range of coastal management, including groynes and a seawall.

Walberswick in comparison, is a much smaller village 1 mile South and has a narrow, steep beach with a mixture of sand and shingle.

Students can be facilitated into the collection of beach profiles, sediment analysis, flood-risk mapping and bi-polar analysis. Supported with secondary data from the Environment Agency.

An explanation of the Southwold sediment cell from the Environment Agency's research will provide secondary data and an advanced explanation of the observed differences.

This course will require transport between Southwold and Walberswick midway through the day.

AQA: Characteristics and formation of landforms resulting from deposition – beaches.

Edexcel: The role of depositional processes in the development in beaches

OCR: The formation of coastal landforms - beaches

Primary Fieldwork can include:

  • Beach profiles
  • Sediment analysis
  • Flood-risk mapping
  • Bi-polar analysis

Provided resources:

  • Fieldwork booklet
  • Secondary data
  • Classroom facilities
  • Write-up A3 summary sheet


Low season 1st November - 31st March


Mid season 1st April - 31st May
1st September - 31st October


High season 1st June - 31st July


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