Day 1- Monday 3rd July
We set off to Kettlewell on a fine sunny day to undertake a 3 day outdoor adventure experience with some of our year 7 students. A 45 minute drive to Kettlewell Youth Hotel was very pleasant and the students quickly dispersed on arrival to ensure they got the best rooms. Dinner was supposed to be fish and chips but the local fish shop had other plans and decided he wasn't going to open on Mondays. Plan B, spaghetti bolognese cooked just like the Italians by chefs Shaw, McDermott and Irving. A run around the local park gave the local midges a feast of their own as the students tried to escape them frantically. A noisy night ensued with many restless in their new surrounding, looking forward to what lay ahead on day 2 of the trip.
Day 2- Tuesday 4th July
After a hearty breakfast, the group set off to Nethergill Farm. Despite the rain soaked day it was such an interesting and eventful day. First, there was a spot of bird spotting, the students learned about the different types of birds and the importance of creating habitats for different wildlife. After this, we took a stroll around the farm learning about rivers, wild plants, trees and how to trap and dispose of moles humanely. We then had lunch, staff had the pleasure of tasting the wonderful homemade flapjack over a cup of tea. The teachers life can be tough at times! After lunch, the students undertook some pond dipping indoors looking at various bacteria, insects, fungus and dissecting regurgitated owl food . Not for the faint hearted. The final activity involved finding out about sheep wool and rolling up the sheared wool to be distributed to wool factories in Bradford. We bid the farm a fond farewell and drove onto Grassington village for a fish and chips supper. The wet weather had now passed by and a visit around the village after dinner was a fine way to end day 2. A quite night for all followed.
Day 3- Wednesday 5th July
Late morning start after another full breakfast we prepared ourselves for our long walk from Kettlewell to Starbotton. Our aim was to get to Buckden, however due to the slow pace of the group Starbotton was our half way destination. The weather was kind to us and made for a fantastic walk , passing sheep, cows and many lovely local people whilst admiring our picturesque countryside. Back at Kettlewell and after a well deserved Ice Cream, many students didn't want the trip to end. A tiring and thoroughly enjoyable trip had come to an end, filled with many memories that we hope students will cherish for years to come.