Either side of the Blyth estuary lie two very different coastal communities and contrasting beaches. Southwold is blessed with a sandy beach, wide in places and retained by a range of coastal management, including groynes and a seawall. Whilst in comparison, Walberswick, a smaller village 1 mile South 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, the local Shoreline Management Plan and a detailed explanation of the Southwold sediment cell.

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

AQA: Systems in physical geography, sediment sources and cells, landscapes of coastal deposition, shoreline management / integrated coastal zone management.

Edexcel: Transportation and deposition processes produce distinctive coastal landforms, the sediment cell concept, sea level change is a risk to some coastlines.

OCR: A coastal landscape which is being managed, a coastal landscape which is being used by people showing the impacts on processes and flows of material and / or energy through the coastal system, such as disturbance to the sediment cell.

Primary Fieldwork can include:

  • Beach profiles
  • Flood-risk mapping
  • Beach width measurements
  • Sediment analysis
  • Bi-polar analysis
  • Field sketches

Provided resources:

  • Student log-in to customisable fieldwork booklet
  • Environment Agency data
  • Shoreline Management Plan
  • Pre-course teaching resources
  • Classroom facilities


Low season 1st November - 31st March


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


High season 1st June - 31st July


GFA Southwold 07907299910 / 01728860631
GFA Skegness 07398257944 / 01507603980