Harrogate Grammar School Canoe Expedition

The pupils brought all the skills they have learned together to complete a brilliant expedition to the Lake District.

The pupils from the Harrogate Grammar School Active Learning Group ended their year with a 3 day canoe expedition to Ullswater. We arrived at Pooley Bridge, packed the canoes with 3 days of camping kit and set off into a headwind! Fortunately they are a resilient group and their canoe training paid off. The team completed the 5km journey to camp in good style and were ready for their tea!

Once at camp, the challenge of cooking a 3 course group meal on Triangia stoves began. Food eaten and with full bellies (and a lovely evening forecast), the group decided we should venture to the top of Hallin Fell (388m). At the summit we were rewarded with an amazing sunset and a grand view of the northern half of Ullswater.

A strong south-westerly wind was forecast on day two so we hatched Plan B. We shuttled the canoes to Glenridding and used the wind to bring us back to the campsite. Once on the water there was some island exploring, swimming, cliff jumping and super-fast canoe sailing! After another fantastic meal, the team had a relaxing evening chatting about the days adventures and planning tomorrow!

The next morning we completed a circular walk, taking in Glencoyne, Sheffield Pike and the Greenside lead mines. The team all played their part in making this a memorable expedition by using the skills they have been learning on their weekly sessions here at Bewerley Park. They can be very proud of their achievement – we certainly are.