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Year 9 Geographers in Cévennes

Earlier this  week, a group of Year 9 pupils set off to Cévennes National Park, a beautiful, secluded location in the mountains in southern France. The objective of the trip was to learn about a range of geographical aspects in the region.

On the first day, the pupils visited the Transhumance festival, a celebration of local farming which involves 16,000 sheep being moved up to the summer grazing pastures.  The group visited Mende, the capital of Lozère and its medieval town centre. They walked down the very scenic Gorges du Tarn and visited the village of Sainte-Enimie. Énimie was a French princess whose leprosy was known to be miraculously cured by the water of the blue pool. The group also explored the highest concentration of stalagmites in the world in the cave of Aven Armand. On the last day of the trip, the pupils walked along the shores of Lake Villefort and in the evening they enjoyed some volleyball games, orienteering sessions and an amazing sunset.