We set off from school to walk to Derwentwater Youth Hostel. It was a very hot and sunny morning but by lunchtime it had clouded over so it was a little cooler.
After a hot and humid walk, we finally reached Ashness Bridge which is close to Derwentwater Youth Hostel.
After a delicious tea, we went to the shore of Derwentwater and built rock towers.
This one was the tallest!
And this is the gang that made it.
The next morning we caught the ferry to Brandlehow. Some children walked directly to Shepherd’s Crag to do some rock climbing.
At Brandlehow we searched for galena and other sparkly minerals.
While we were there, the thunderclouds grew bigger as we watched them in the sky.
Not only did we find galena and some beautiful quartz crystals, we also found small lizards and a baby frog!
That afternoon, fortunately after both groups had completed their rock climbing, we had a big thunderstorm with the heaviest rain in living memory! The Y5 and Y6 children were lucky – they could shelter in the barn at Shepherd’s Café, but the Y4 children had to hide in the woods at Brandlehow with Mrs Horder. We don’t have any photographs as it was much too wet to get out any cameras!
After tea the sun came out again so we went back to the shore and began to build bug hotels and adventure playgrounds for snails!
The next day we went on the mine tour at Honister Mine. We were shown round by Donald Angus who is an ex-pupil of Threlkeld School. This is us in the huge chamber that can be used to host concerts.
It was cold in the mine, so we were pleased to get back out into the warmth.
Then we had to walk all the way back to Brandlehow and catch the launch back to the youth hostel. This is us walking along the Allerdale Ramble behind Castle Crag.
Then after tea it was back to the shore to finish off the snail adventure playgrounds. This one belonged to Sid the Snail.
On the last morning we had a big packing session and said our farewells to Derwentwater Youth Hostel.
We caught the ferry for one last time……
And after walking round the back of Latrigg eventually returned to school across the buttercup meadows.