Residential trip to Snowdonia National Park

Between the 29th March and the 1st April, a selection of twenty students had the opportunity to undertake a residential in the Snowdonia National Park. 

With an air of excitement, students left the school at 10:30 and embarked on a journey which should have taken 7 hours, however, the intrepid adventures arrived at Conwy YHA twelve hours later due to the Bank Holiday traffic and torrential rain en-route!

With a favourable forecast for day one and an even better forecast predicted for day two, the following activities were planned:

Day One – Outdoor rock climbing at Lion's rock during the morning and into the mid-afternoon followed by indoor rock climbing from mid-afternoon into the early evening at the Beacon climbing centre. Thankfully the weather forecast held true and the group had glorious sunshine up until their departure to the Beacon Centre. 

Checking the weather forecast for day two highlighted that the Met Office had changed their mind over the course of 18 hours. The prediction was now for strong northerly winds and torrential rain; subsequently, mountain walking was an activity certain members of staff were no longer looking forward to and attempted to convince Mr Horton to attend a pencil museum!

Day Two – We woke up at the youth hostel to heavy rain and windy conditions. However, a decision was made for both groups to walk as two separate parties up the Watkin path. The route approaches the south side of Snowdon and is completely sheltered on three sides. As such, the students enjoyed zero rain and wind up to an altitude of 700 metres where a saddle in the terrain results in exposure to northerly winds. At this point, it was deemed too dangerous to continue and both groups returning to their start point.

Thankfully, the homeward bound journey was considerably less congested, allowing us to arrive back in Herne Bay at a reasonable time.

Mr Horton, head of Outdoor Adventurous Activities said: "I think everyone would agree it was a fantastic experience for all who attended and I would like to thank Mrs Scott, Mr Bodey and Mr Beeson for giving up the first few days of their Easter holidays to give pupils such an experience."

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