Adventure time for Hartlepool pupils as they conquer the Yorkshire Dales
Outdoor adventures are back in full force at one Hartlepool school.
Brave Clavering Primary School pupils conquered a range of demanding challenges in the Yorkshire Dales as they embarked on the “Ultimate Clavering Adventure Day” at Nidderdale's How Stean Gorge.
Year 6 children experienced a forty-five foot abseil, forging through the gorge, and completed the Via Ferrata course, which is one of only three in the UK.
One pupil, aged 10, said: “Gorge walking at How Stean Gorge is such an exhilarating experience!
"Having entered the gorge by abseiling from the bridge, we then forged our way against the flow of the water as we scrambled over boulders, slid down waterspouts, sat under waterfalls and jumped into deep plunge pools.
"I’ve never experienced anything like it and this adventure day is something I will remember forever!”
All Clavering pupils had previously abseiled with the school, but none of them had lowered themselves down into a gorge before or attempted the Via Ferrata course.
But the pupils bravely completed the aerial network of metal beams, ladders and cables set in the rocks to help them climb the cliffs of the gorge.
Another pupil, aged 10, said: “The cables, ladders and beams crisscross through How Stean’s stunning limestone gore and is certainly not for the faint-hearted!
"I am really proud of the determination each one of us showed to complete the route, which was probably one of the toughest challenges we have ever faced.”
It was only the second time pupils at the school had been able to enjoy a trip together since pandemic restrictions were put in place.
A delighted Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity (PESSPA) higher level teaching assistant Matthew Stoddart said: "It was incredibly inspiring – especially after everything they have missed out on because of the pandemic – to see our Year 6 adventurers bravely tackle all of the challenges that we have thrown at them during our adventure days.”
Deputy headteacher and PESSPA programme director Neil McAvoy added: “We are exceptionally proud of the courage and grit shown by our pupils throughout our amazing adventure days and, hopefully, we have provided them with some magical memories that they will treasure forever.”