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U4 Lake District Swallows and Amazons Trip

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The U4 spent three days in the Lake District based half way up Helvellyn at the Youth Hostel undertaking a range of challenging and strenuous activities aimed at developing new skills, broadening their horizons and gaining greater confidence in their abilities. To begin everyone conquered the UK’s largest climbing wall in Kendal on their way to the Lakes before arriving on the iconic Ullswater steamer at Glenridding pier there was a stiff half hours walk up to the Youth Hostel and a cooked supper. All three walking groups set out to walk up Helvellyn lead by an experienced guide and two staff as far as Red Tarn before descending. Two groups ascended from Glenridding, a long stiff climb through the ‘hole in the wall’ and one group ascended from the Youth Hostel. All groups completed in fantastic times of around three hours, with Sarah Long running the entire way! Everyone undertook sailing and canoeing on Lake Ullswater lead by the Glenridding Sailing Club and were able to sail and race in small traditional boats, canoes or kayaks.Two groups were also able to go pony trekking at Parkfoot where they could enjoy stunning views along the valley. On the final evening the rain set in and the BBQ moved inside and awards of caramel covered brownies. A special thanks goes to the team of staff and assistants without which the trip would not have been possible.


Climbing wall: Ciara McNally (overcoming fear) and Dollin Jansen
Sailing: Shannon Murphy 
Canoeing: Millie Weatherill (great captain)
Seamanship: Kian Aneca-Human
Pony trekking: Ishana Bhatia (overcoming fear) and Olivia Cregeen 
Sailing: Gavin Davidson-Worsley
Sailing & Walking: Reuben Thiagarajan and Damien Clague
Resilience: Vinn Vogel
Determination: Jaime Amoedo Garcia
Best All rounder Awards: Sarah Long (ran the fell walk) and Henry Telford