Year 6 Enjoy Wild Exmoor Getaway
Just before half term, our Year 6 pupils departed for a three-day getaway to Exmoor. Despite a heavy downpour, the children’s spirits were high as they loaded the bus with their many suitcases and sleeping bags.
The first stop on the trip was to Wimbleball Lake, so a little drop of rain was the least of their worries. On arrival, the group enjoyed a spot of lunch before taking part in a number of water-based activities. The group quickly rose to the challenge, using their problem solving and teamwork skills to navigate the choppy waters. Sailing, kayaking and paddle boarding were just some of the fun sports the pupils enjoyed the most.
As dusk settled, the group drove along narrow lanes to reach their destination. Flickering wood burners led the path to their home for the night – a collection of cosy camping barns. Before settling down for the night, everyone enjoyed a slice of cake and cup of hot chocolate while playing some Victorian parlour games.
The following morning saw the children tuck into a hearty breakfast before embarking on a lengthy hike across Exmoor. With its rolling hills and wooded valleys, the group managed to complete the 7-mile ramble, which took them through the beautiful village of Dulverton. Exhausted and ready to re-fuel, the suggestion of a fish and chip supper was met with enthusiasm.
On the final day of the trip, there was time for a quick drive along the River Exe to Knightshayes, a Victorian country house just outside Tiverton. The children had to fill in a questionnaire as they toured the property, and many spoke to the guides to get a real feel for the place.
Commenting on the trip, Head of Outdoor Pursuits, David Hands said: “I think that everyone has gained a great deal from their short time away. Not only have they become more familiar with their peers, but they have also pushed themselves on a daily basis.”
He added: “As expected, the staff that we came across during our trip commented on the polite and open nature of the children, which is always lovely to hear. Overall, a very positive trip.”
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