With a horrendous weather forecast it was a nervous group of Year 6 pupils that headed out for their challenge in the Yorkshire Dales. Stop overs at the Yorkshire gliding club at Sutton Bank for a guided tour and Aysgath falls were excellent. The amount of water pouring over the falls was a sign of how wet it had been in the Dales! The Kettlewell YHA was warm and welcoming and after a game of rugby using a Frisbee and then the group settled down for a good night’s sleep.
Whernside, the highest peak in Yorkshire was the first test. Strong winds, heavy rain and hill fog met us in the car park where most hikers sensibly stayed in their cars, however with encouragement of 'your skin is waterproof' and 'this is meant to be a challenge' the Year 6 party headed up the peak. It was very tough and only in the last hour did the rain stop and the views appeared. However the feeling of satisfaction at the top was felt by all. Our mountain guides, having looked at the worsening forecast, decided that attempting the second peak on the same day would be foolish so we headed back to dry out.
Inglebrough was the challenge for day 2 and with dry, fresh conditions the pace was brisk up the steep assent, and two hours later the group were standing on the top. A beautiful descent via Gaping Gill in bright sunshine, was a fitting end to a fantastic trip. The resilience and determination of Year 6 was so impressive and this trip has proved to them that nothing is impossible! #YorkshireGrit