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Seven Schools Scale Ingleborough
School children take part in Schools Out Ingleborough challenge
Thanks to National Lottery players, more than 70 children from seven primary schools came together to scale their local peak.

Year 6 students (aged 10-11) from Bentham, Hellifield, Long Preston, Austwick, Giggleswick and Clapham primary schools came together to ascend Ingleborough - the second-highest mountain in the Yorkshire Dales.

Split into two groups - one setting out from Ingleton and the other from Chapel-le-Dale - the children were led up Ingleborough by experienced guides and staff from local charity Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT). It was part of the Schools Out project which aims to deliver curriculum-linked outdoor activity and engagement days for primary schools in the Ingleborough area.

School children take part in Schools Out Ingleborough challenge
As well as enjoying spectacular scenery, the children learnt about the local quarries, limestone pavements and underground caves, as well the recent archaeological finds at Southerscales, and the rare habitats in the Ingleborough National Nature Reserve. Lots of tadpoles were spotted along the way!

The two groups met on the summit where everyone gathered in a big circle for lunch and games, including a Mexican wave and the hokey kokey, before heading back down.

Anthea Hanson, Schools Out Education Officer at YDMT, organised and delivered the event as a special way to mark the end of a challenging week of SATs exams.

Anthea said: “After the mental challenge of SATs exams earlier in the week, and with the transition to secondary school looming, this physical challenge was a chance for children from neighbouring schools to unwind and get to know each other, to break down any barriers and develop a feeling of togetherness.

“Children often don’t have the opportunity to explore the environment on their own doorstep. Today we aimed to encourage these young people to engage with their local landscape and build a sense of pride in where they come from. Some had never climbed Ingleborough before, and hopefully this is an event that they will remember into adulthood.”

A drone's eye view of the party on the summit of Ingleborough
Laura Thompson, Year 6 teacher at Settle Church of England Primary School, said: “What a fantastic event to have been involved in! The weather was amazing and the children did a great job walking up to the top, supporting each other when needed. Teamwork was really strong within the different groups and it was great to combine getting outdoors to engage with the local landscape and transition to secondary school. It was a super end to a busy week - well done Year 6!”

A drone's eye view of the party on the summit of Ingleborough
Schools Out is part of Stories in Stone, a four-year programme of community, conservation and heritage projects developed by the Ingleborough Dales Landscape Partnership, which is led by YDMT and mainly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Donations are gratefully received to help ensure that more events like this take place in the future – visit www.ydmt.org/donate or call 015242 51002.

Seven Schools Scale Ingleborough, 31st May 2018, 14:52 PM