Annual trip to the Lake District for School of Education students
Friday 17th October marked the first day of the School of Education’s annual residential trip to the Lake District. A group of 55 students and staff set off by coach from the University at 2.00pm and were quite quickly presented with their first challenge – the motorway was closed unexpectedly, meaning the coach would have to take a detour through the wild and windy North Yorkshire Moors.
Driving down the twisty, narrow North Yorkshire roads, the journey felt more like a crazy ride in a theme-park, than a polite drive in the English countryside. We finally arrived at Castlerigg Manor in Keswick, slightly dizzy and tired, and just in time to enjoy a traditional English supper of fish and chips (plus an alternative vegetarian option)! Following supper the students took time to explore the lovely market town of Keswick, before retiring to bed at fairly reasonable times, since the following day was going to provide a long and active adventure for all concerned!
After a good breakfast, including bowls of Castlerigg Manor’s now-famous creamy porridge, our intrepid group of travellers set out for our usual walk to Cat Bells, only to find that the famous Lake District windy weather had conspired against us and the path to Cat Bells was closed. All was not lost, though….
School of Education students are trained to respond to challenges and find creative solutions to difficult problems. Quickly, they designed an alternative walk that would take the group around beautiful Derwent Water, one of the most amazing places in the whole of the Lake District. The walk would be 10 miles in distance, but our students seized this new challenge with both hands and set off on the long trek.
Four hours later, tired, but inspired by the jaw-dropping beauty of their surroundings, the group made back to Keswick, to enjoy a lovely dinner before moving into the lounge for the start of the evening’s entertainment – the now-famous “Cultural Evening”! On past visits to the Lakes, the students have always sought to put on a show, and this year was no exception. There was poetry, singing and dancing from all around the world, followed by late a trip back into Keswick town for those who still had energy left!
After the excitement of Saturday, everyone was keen to take things easy on Sunday, the final day of the trip, so we said our goodbyes to the Castlerigg Manor staff and boarded the coach to Ambleside for a boat trip on Lake Windermere. After a lovely (and windy) trip on the lake we docked at Bowness-on-Windermere and everyone took the opportunity to tour the pretty town, buy presents for friends and family, whilst being careful to avoid the rather aggressive swans! Then it was back on the coach and a sleepy trip back to Leeds.
It was, all agreed, a fantastic weekend!