A number of students from Year 9 & 10 travelled to the Lake District last week for an activities weekend. On arrival we were greeted by the Centre Staff and taken straight out for our first activity – zip wiring! First students had to climb a huge tree and throw themselves off the end of a plank before speeding down to the bottom, a great way to start the fun! Once we finished a delicious fish and chip supper we set off on a night walk accompanied with maps, compasses, torches and an emergency shelter. Working as a team the first task was to navigate a way to find Miss Gill who was hiding in the middle of a field and then Miss Bennett and Mr Williams. After a two mile round trip we returned to the warmth and comfort of the house and settled down for the night.
On Saturday morning everyone was up bright and early ready for a day of activities, our first visit was to Little Langdale quarries, an old slate mine. Having trekked through mud and water we made our way through caverns and ended up in a pitch black cave, lighting candles we huddled in a circle and frightened each other with ghost stories. Ghyll scrambling was next on the agenda, each and everyone of us got soaking wet but it was worth it. On arriving back to the house a hearty meal of chicken pie and sticky toffee pudding never tasted so good.
Sunday’s activities began with a trip to Lake Windermere where we tied canoes together to make rafts and paddled over to the island. Angel and Abigail eventually joined us as they kept going round in circles. Before heading back to the boathouse pupils played some good old fashioned activities, a stone skimming competition and a game of man hunt followed by an outdoor picnic. Whilst paddling back to the boathouse some crazy people abandoned their oars and jumped off the jetty into a freezing cold lake (Miss Gill passed on that one).
With a heavy heart we packed up the minibus and headed back to Manchester. Thanks to all the staff at Ghyll Head we had an amazing time and came home exhausted and exhilarated from all the fun of the weekend.
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