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Ghyll Head Weekend 2015

Published on 02 February 2015

This year’s Year 10 Duke of Edinburgh Award candidates had their first experience of the outdoors on our annual trip to Ghyll Head on the edge of Lake Windemere.

As the snow melted on the hills around the lakes, 36 of our best and brightest Bronze Candidates braved the cold and ice to get their hands dirty. As soon as we arrived on Friday night it was straight to business. A quick map lesson and a night navigation activity round the outside of the centre. Thanks to the clear skies everyone was amazed by the number of stars that were visible, some obviously get distracted as they ended up head over heels in the mud! 

The following morning after a hearty breakfast it was straight to business. As the teams split down, some ventured north of the lake for their first taste of hill walking and navigation, while others stayed closer to the house for some orienteering and zip lining. 

Ghyll Head Weekend 2015

Everyone got the chance to face their fears at the top of the zip line tower, that 10 metre climb felt an awful lot higher from the top! Everyone did themselves proud with the amount of effort they put in and were excellent ambassadors for the school. Sunday morning was a damper affair as the heavens opened, but spirits weren't dampened as we headed back out into the countryside for a final session of fun before home time. 

On the coach home everyone had the chance to reflect on an amazing weekend and think ahead to the upcoming expeditions planned for May and June. It was great to hear so many students thinking about new activities they could try for their skills, volunteering and physical sections of their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. 

Ms Nevell
Duke of Edinburgh's Award Team
Manchester Academy

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