Year 8 students Emilia Lawrence and Nicola Hannigan provide a review of their stay at the outdoor education centre in May:
Bewerley Park is amazing, it’s full of rare opportunities and exciting memories you will never forget. There are so many things you can do, like canoeing, abseiling, rock climbing and mountain biking. The instructors make you feel calm and certainly don’t make you do something you don’t feel comfortable doing.
You do different activities depending on which group you are in, but on day one my group went gorge walking. Walking through streams and sliding down naturally formed rocks that are like slides! I felt very excited about doing this as I had never done it before, and sounded to me like an opportunity that I would probably not be able to do again.
After the first day I didn’t think anything could top gorge walking but day two’s activity was just as brilliant! My group went to Brimham Rocks to rock climb and abseil. I had never been to Brimham Rocks before and didn’t know what to expect but it was great. At first we learnt how to scramble; this consisted of crawling between rocks and climbing small rocks. We also learnt how to spot people and to me it proved difficult because you had to put all your trust in your spotters. We also had lunch there which the instructors brought and we sat on the rocks to enjoy the views.
On day three we went canoeing. It was out of my comfort zone, but surprisingly was my favourite activity out of them all! We went on a journey across a river and we had to work with our partners to keep going and reach our destination. Half way through we stopped to have lunch and tied our canoes up to the edge of the river bank. It was hilarious when we were asked to jump out of the canoe as no one could get back in without nearly capsizing their boat!
On day four we went mountain biking, as we went the full day we did the full bike trail throughout the woods. Despite the fact that the journey there was 1h 30mins long it paid off because it was super fun. We went through the woods and saw some amazing sights.
On day five we went orienteering in our groups. It was really fun and like an adventure because our group got lost! I felt very independent and worked with my group to find our way back. In the evening we had dinner and then had a disco. I felt sad leaving but knew I had a lot of great memories to take home.