King’s Ely students tackle the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge

King’s Ely students training in North Wales, above, and tackling the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge

King’s Ely students training in North Wales, above, and tackling the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge, below - Credit: Archant

Adventurous King’s Ely students reached new heights during the half-term break.

Several expeditions were organised through the Ely Scheme, offering opportunities for pupils to explore and learn through outdoor education.

Year 9 students travelled to Yorkshire to take part in the annual Ely Scheme Yorkshire Three Peaks Expedition.

The challenge involves a circular walk bagging the summits of Penyghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in the Yorkshire Dales National Park - covering just under 25 miles within 12 hours.

Another group of King’s Ely students were in North Wales practising for their upcoming Picos de Europa expedition in Northern Spain.


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The three-day trip had a wet start as the team traversed over the most northern mountains of the Carneddau, however the weather improved long enough to provide a dry but humid ascent of the classic scramble up the north ridge of Tryfan and Bristly Ridge.

The Ely Scheme aims to develop each student through outdoor education and adventurous activity, focusing on personal skills, self-confidence, teamwork, leadership skills, social and environmental awareness, problem solving, ability to cope with difficult situations and healthy respect for nature and the outdoors.

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