Harry Holmes

In the first week of my Engineering Geology course we had a three day field trip to the Yorkshire coastal towns of Whitby, Scarborough and Bridlington. My course covers the engineering of foundations and excavations so we created geological models to see how the geology of the area would affect the built environment. We also looked at how to mitigate landslides and coastal processes, so it’s really handy that these places are within easy reach of Leeds.

I like how you’re not far from the countryside which is great for me because I do a lot of fell running up on the Moors. I also take part in a lot of races which explore the surrounding villages, like the Withins Skyline race which starts at Penistone Hill Country Park near Haworth. It covers the Brontë country and you run past the farmhouse from Wuthering Heights which is a really popular place to visit. It’s brilliant, I love it.

There’s so many places you can just take a break from studying. I’ve been able to explore a lot of the region through climbing too – there’s some nationally significant climbing spots in Yorkshire and some of the best crags in the country. My favourite is Brimham Rocks in North Yorkshire which has been shaped by water, ice and wind into loads of random boulders. Malham Cove is a great place to visit too. It’s a huge curved amphitheatre shaped cliff that features in one of the Harry Potter films.

Leeds is in a great location – it’s so easy to get around Yorkshire and the added benefit is that the campus is really close to the city centre. I can just pop in to Leeds whenever I need something, especially to the Trinity shopping centre – it’s got everything there.