Year 10 Residental Lake District 2017
At 5:30am, on a rather cold, dark, Friday morning, 22 intrepid, but sleepy, Year 10s loaded their bags onto the school minibuses ready to set off for a long weekend exploring the Lake District. After a 9 hour drive, which featured lots of snacks and McDonalds, we arrived at the foot of Catbells in the Lake District, a 400m high mountain overlooking Derwent Water. Despite the steep slopes and some serious scrambling all 22 reached the summit to clear blue sky views across Derwent Water over to Keswick and Skiddaw.
Our home for the weekend was Borrowdale Youth Hostel, nestled in the heart of Borrowdale Valley overlooking the River Derwent, (but where there was not a single bar of mobile reception!) However it was where we occupied ourselves with pool, table tennis and table football and tucked into dinner each evening and full cooked English breakfast each morning.
After a slightly hair rising drive over Honistor Pass on Saturday morning we arrived at Buttermere, a village of only a few houses and an ice cream shop. We set off on our most challenging walk yet, walking alongside the Crummock Water before climbing up to the highest waterfall in England,Scale Force, at over 120ft tall. From there we climbed up over 805m, through knee deep snow drifts and scrambling up scree slopes to reach the summits of Red Pike, High Stile and High Seat – where we could see right across the Lake District and the Irish Sea to Scotland and the Isle of Man. After a slightly bumpy way down, and after walking 8 miles and 7 and ½ hours we reached the bottom at Buttermere Lake, having completed a phenomenal day of walking which many adults would find gruelling! Strangely they all slept soundly that night!!