Today we walked approximately 4 miles to the village of Reeth. We learned about tourism and farming in the area and the natural physical features of Swaledale. We also really enjoyed geocaching and found all 4 that we looked for! Even though it was raining (a LOT) we had a great time walking through fields and along footpaths, seeing the lambs and skimming stones – we definitely worked up an appetite for tea. And don’t worry everyone at home, we all ate at tea time and have gone to bed no problem. The bedrooms are the tidiest on residential we’ve ever seen so far!
Photo of Mrs Parlett and Mr Graham trying to sneak to the pub but Mrs Watson wouldn’t let them.
Today we headed out onto the moors to find out about how the land used to be used compared to how it is used now. We learned that grouse shooting is big money out here – in the summer, people can pay up to £10,000 for a day’s shooting and feasting while being whizzed round in a Land Rover. We could have done with the Land Rover ourselves after battling the first hour against wind, rain and sleet! What a miserable start. Fortunately it dried off a bit and we enjoyed hunting for galena and climbing up the old smelting chimney. Almost 6 miles in the wind gave us quite an appetite and we ate our dinner in record time (all still tucking in, so please don’t worry!) The sun came out this evening – hurray! A game of cricket, kite building and game playing rounded off our day.
Today we have been to Cogden Beck. We collected freshwater creatures from the beck and used the biotic index to see how polluted the water was. After this we had great fun making dams.
This morning the bus took us to Marske. The weather was gorgeous but too hot for climbing the hill! We walked approximately 7 miles and it was harder in the heat than the rain on Tuesday. We arrived back to Grinton Lodge where we had great fun doing an ‘unnatural trail’. Stuart had hidden 36 unnatural objects that we had to find – some were really tricky. Beef burgers for tea were popular and went down a treat. Sadly after tea we have had to pack to come home, but we are looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow.