An RE trail is a Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) experience which involves investigating a locality for evidence of the impact of religion and religious life both in the past and the present.
A trail could focus on a single religion or touch on several. It might include examples of the interior and exterior of buildings as well as other features in the built and natural environment.
This resource considers the value of an RE trail, provides a toolkit for developing your own trail and examples of trails which you could do with students or use as a model. Finally, there are links to other trails and useful websites. See the map at the bottom for a selection of RE Trails.
The value of an RE Trail
Looking at buildings, street names and other features, shops and community facilities should help young people develop an understanding of the part played by religion and belief in the area they are exploring.
A trail may help help them gain greater awareness of what “community” can mean; visits often get this across more powerfully than books.
The focus may be on religious community and social life, in contrast to the greater emphasis on spirituality and worship which might be the central point of a visit to a place of worship.
If successful, the visit will help students be more awake to their own environment and more alert to the human factors that have influenced its development.