The Greenhaugh Cluster arrived in convoy, chose their beds in the Castle dorms and set straight off to Ford Moss, the unique nature reserve a brisk walk from our grounds.
At various stops along the way the pupils learn about the geological quirks in the area that let us trace the history of the ground, animals and plants. Exploring unearthed small pieces of pottery from an old village and a collapsed mine shaft. Before a tour of the woodland, a quick study of the soil showed that the students were standing on the site of an ancient ice-age river!
Back at the Castle, Greenhaugh worked up an appetite by crossing the ravine, taking a deep breath, and zooming across on the zip wire. Nervous laughter gave way to moral support as the group cheered each other on to take the leap, and everyone faced their fear.
Dinner, evening quizzes and a hot chocolate treat made sure the students were out for the count, ready to rise early for a day trip to Lindisfarne on Holy Island and to the Anglo-Saxon town of Berwick.
Heritage and history was all around as the sun shone; a walk across the Island revealed more about the Pilgrims and their castle, along with the fascinating geography of the area.
Later, the ramparts park in Berwick was the perfect destination for the students to rest their weary feet and ponder the day’s discoveries over a mix up from the old-fashion sweet shop. They deserved it after all that walking!
The following day was packed with adventure activities in the sprawling Castle grounds. The pupils took the opportunity to ride the zip wire again, and did Greenhaugh proud by working together as a team on the Initiative course.
Too soon, it was time to have one last delicious Castle meal and head home.
See the pictures from Ford Moss and the zip wire on our Facebook page!