Bewerley Park – Day One
We left school at 1.15 and after a short break, where we had our packed lunch at Hartside Moor service station on the M62 , we arrived at Bewerley Park at about 4.30. The journey was good fun and we were all excited about what lay ahead. The countryside on the final part of the journey was very hilly and we really felt that we were out in the countryside.
We were greeted by Johnnie who made us very welcome and told us some basic rules to make our visit safer. He then took us to our dormitories where we had to make up our own beds. This was not as easy as it looked although we all agreed that Mr Beare’s North Wales method was far more effective than Mr Burke’s Belfast attempt!
We then went for our tea which was very tasty. In the evening we went to Pateley Bridge village which was voted one of the 10 best places to live in the UK. We could see why . There were beautiful houses and it was a very quiet town with lots of nice shops. It has the oldest sweet shop in the UK which was opened in 1661, 358 years ago. The shop owner heard us talking outside and came out and invited us in to the shop. It was like a scene from Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory- all the sweets were in glass jars and the shopkeeper weighed out a pound of sweets using old fashioned scales – Mr Carney said it reminded him of when he was a boy - that must have been a very long time ago! She gave us a big bag of sweets for us to share later.
We finished the evening by going to an adventure playground and we had loads of fun on the various rides. After supper we went to our dormitories to settle down for the night. It has been a great first day and we are all looking forward to a fun filled day tomorrow which will include several activities including ghyll walking, rock scrambling at Brimham Rocks and the Leap of Faith. We hope that you enjoy the pictures with more to follow tomorrow
Staff and pupils of group 1