Thrill-seeking pupils have great time in Grasmere

63 second year pupils were based at Butharlyp Howe Youth Hostel in Grasmere over the summer break for four days of climbing, hiking, ghyll scrambling, sailing and kayaking.

Walks on the first day included routes up to Easedale Tarn, Alcock Tarn and Loughrigg Terrace. On other days some of the group hiked up to Stone Arthur then on to Great Rigg and Heron Pike with some getting as far as Fairfield, covering more than seven miles and climbing over 3,000ft.

Grasmere 2016 - jumping into water

On the last day pupils hiked in the Langdales. Mr Cheslett’s group got up to Loft Crag and Pike o Stickle, descending via Stickle Tarn and Stickle Ghyll. Mrs Muscutt’s group went up Stickle Ghyll to Stickle Tarn, then to Pavey Ark, Harrison Stickle and Loft Crag.

As well as hiking pupils enjoyed sailing and kayaking on Derwentwater and ghyll scrambling in Stoneycroft Ghyll.

Grasmere 2016 - kayaking

This year’s trip saw the group do more climbing and scrambling than usual, with some of the more experienced pupils learning how to lead, with expert tuition from instructors at Keswick Mountain Adventures.

Grasmere 2016 - rock face

Mrs Christine Muscutt, who retired this summer, has been running the trip for many years and she was thrilled about how it went: “This was my last Grasmere trip and it was a great way to say farewell. It has always been my aim to introduce pupils to as many outdoor activities as possible and the pupils embraced all the new challenges, as they always do.

“This is an excellent experience for pupils and I would encourage as many girls and boys as possible to take up the opportunity of going on this trip in the future. I would also like to thank the many staff who have generously given up holiday time to accompany the trip over the years.”

Grasmere 2016 - five boys in water

Upon launching this year’s trip Outdoor Education Co-ordinator Mr Adam Hughes said: “The Grasmere trip is always an exciting expedition and this year we are going to focus more on activities and will be introducing canyoning. The trip offers a great opportunity for pupils to challenge themselves during fun and interesting days.”

Grasmere 2016 - group in front of mountain

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