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Fairholmes Walk

Learning outcomes

Most pupils will understand/be able to:

  • How to prepare for a local walk
  • Map symbols and that a map represents an area of ground
  • The differences between a rural and urban environment
  • There is a variety of animals in one area
  • Listening skills, co-operation and trust
  • The need for safe and sensible behaviour
  • Experience success, challenge and leadership looking after a group

Some pupils will have the opportunity to:

  • Make decisions on route choice
  • Be able to interpret contours, map features, use grid references
  • Relate the map to the ground (setting)
  • Improve observation skills
  • Describe a variety of habitats
  • Apply skills in an unfamiliar environment

Key words/phrases

Coniferous, Conservation, Dark Peak, Determination, Encourage, Edge, Food Chain/Web, Grid Reference, Gritstone, Habitat, Map, Moorland, National Park, Navigation, Peat, Perseverance, Recreation, Reservoirs, Route Choice, Trust, Wildlife, Valley.

Curriculum links


Involvement in healthy physical activity; determination to succeed Science: experience science outside school environment


Maps, interactions between people and their environments Art and design: make purposeful images and artefacts


Work in groups, different roles and responsibilities


Half day activity (can be extended into a longer, full day walk).


A range of routes on footpaths/tracks between Hagg Farm and Fairholmes. Organisation: session can be led by visiting teaching staff with a current First Aid qualification, able to read a map and fully briefed on the route.

Supporting materials

Fairholmes Walk curriculum pack and maps.

Health and safety

Appropriate clothing and footwear; care for, use and return of equipment in good state; discussion of teamwork, involvement and leadership, individual responsibility and group control, route choice, weather, emergency procedures. Walking safety sheet, map, compass, radio. Safety pack (with first aid kit, emergency shelter etc), mobile phone, technical equipment, and any personal medication (inhalers etc). Risk assessment no. 27. Pupil ratio 1:12.

Activity session

  • Indoor briefing: to include aims of walk, health and safety (as above), discussion of chosen environmental/artistic/historical themes on the walk.
  • Possible themes: map reading skills; environmental art in the woodlands; change and human impact on the landscape; recreational pressures; formation of gritstone, sedimentary and geomorphic processes; wildlife habitats/ecosystems; history of the dams, flooding of Ashopton village; testing of the bouncing bomb.
  • Distribution and discussion of Fairholmes Walk pack, pens/pencils.
  • Complete Fairholmes Walk using map resources and Fairholmes circuit maps.
  • The Fairholmes Visitor Centre has displays, a small seasonal shop and toilets.


(at Hagg Farm if cold/wet)

  • Have learning outcomes, above, been met?
  • A range of reviewing techniques with students using writing, speaking skills and creativity to express feelings about activity, performance, involvement, teamwork.
  • Scientific, geographical and historical learning linking to curriculum, as above.