Year 7 students were given the opportunity to explore the Yorkshire Dales on a recent Achievement Centre Residential Trip. Our base was the beautiful youth hostel at Hawes. On arrival we adventured into the countryside. After familiarising ourselves with our surroundings, students enjoyed a hearty supper of local fish and chips.
In the morning, after a quick breakfast and bumpy coach journey, (well done to Mrs Irving for her driving skills) we arrived at Nethergill Farm, in Langstrothdale, a sustainable working farm where we experienced a very ‘hands-on’ role, as the farm rears Dalesbred ewes, rare white shorthorn cattle and free range chickens. We even collected freshly laid eggs, still warm! Students helped out in the maintainance of the river bed, to stop erosion, by planting mixed woodland trees, this also encourages red squirrels and black grouse. Other birds and wildlife were observed from the observation hide. Here we were able to experience the natural environment close up.
The highlight of the day for some (Ms Shaw included) was to hold a new born lamb. After the tree planting students went wild in the water before the most delicious homemade flapjack was offered. Finally, the day at the farm ended with teams making their own rafts and racing them down the stream. A superb team effort.
On our return to Hawes, we stopped off at a well known cheese factory to see a demonstration of how the cheese is made, before sampling the delights of over 30 different varieties of this cheese, wonderful Gromit!
Into the evening, good weather enabled us to barbecue, well done Mr Heap for his culninary skills. Students then competed in team sports activities. Everyone feeling exhausted, retired to bed, as a result of the fresh air and activities.
On our last day, Mr Heap led the group into the surrounding hills to collect artefacts from the countryside and complete a quiz and countryside trail. Sitting on the hills overlooking Wenslydale was a welcoming break for lunch, such wonderful views. Well done Mrs McDermott on collection of the most artefacts. Onward our next stop was Hardraw Falls, the home of England`s largest single drop waterfall, a reputed 100 foot drop! After a much deserved drink and rest we made our way back into Hawes to the Youth Hostel to depart back to Bradford.
An amazing and wonderful trip to a very beautiful party of our county was had by all. Even the rain held off until our journey home.