Ullswater Expedition

13th November 2013

Last weekend was the final trip to Ullswater for a selection of Manor Croft Academy's students. The past four trips have seen over 50 children enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Lake District. For many this was the first taste of the real outdoors and they were not dissapointed.

The weekend started early for the group. Setting off on Friday morning to arrive at Ullswater for a ride across the great lake. Once the team had eaten at a lakeside cafe they were ready to take on the challenges laid on by the Outward Bound Trust.

On arrival students were straight into the 'jog and dip' activity. Only hours before they were riding over the lake and now they were swimming around in the not so warm waters.

After a first night away they were up early packing their bags for an expedition of a life time. Yet before they could venture on this quest, a hike up a gorge was required. The entire team pulled together to ensure all participants completed the vertical climb. The team ascended up through seven small waterfalls to complete the task.

The hike up the mountain was next. Three miles in the pitch black with only head torches for light. The students were fully loaded with rucksacks and equipment yet somehow stirred up the energy to climb successfully up to the mountain hut where the team spent the night in the howling winds.

This experience for all students and staff was truly unforgettable. This marked the end of a highly successful partnership Manor Croft Academy has had with the Outward Bound Trust. We would like to thank all the instructors that made these special memories for our students.