Pupils embrace the great outdoors in Grasmere

Sixty eight second year pupils enjoyed canoeing, raft building, hiking, ghyll scrambling and canyoning on a four day trip to Grasmere in the Lake District.

The first day saw the group, who stayed at the Grasmere YHA, embark on a six hour walk that took in stunning scenery from the peaks of Heron Pike and Great Rigg.

The canoeing and raft building activities were based on Thirlmere. The canoes proved to be a challenge to manoeuvre for some and the raft builders had mixed success but everyone agreed it was a fantastic way to spend an afternoon.

The ghyll scrambling in Stoneycroft Ghyll proved as popular and enjoyable as ever with all pupils embracing the cold water and getting stuck into the slides and pools in their wetsuits.

Canyoning was a new activity for the school and it presented a very different challenge to the pupils. The enclosed, steep environment meant that they had to be reliant on each other to descend the steep waterfalls but everyone showed great team spirit as they helped each other through the activity.

Outdoor Education Co-ordinator, Mr Adam Hughes, said: “It was great to see pupils emerge as natural leaders, share ideas and work through the tasks.

“The level of commitment and support shown for each other was outstanding and even the more nervous pupils helped support their teammates down tricky sections, whilst everyone cheered each other as they got lowered down steep waterfalls.”

Thanks to the school staff and outdoor activity provider, Lost Earth Adventures, for organising such a great trip.

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