The weekend activities should be considered the culmination of everything that has happened in the week or weeks preceding them. They are a chance to put learning into practice and are challenging and highly rewarding. The students will find themselves amazed at what they can suddenly achieve with their new-found confidence and with the help of their friends. The programme, as with the course as a whole, is a balance of adventure, exploration, creativity and culture.
The weekend excursions are also a chance for students to discover new places, as in both courses we take a trip away from the Aysgarth campus for a full weekend of adventurous activities.
See below for an example of previous years' weekend excursions. Full weekend schedule for 2022 to be announced shortly.
In course A, students went on a two-day trip to the beautiful Wye Valley. Arriving at Kerne Bridge, they took to the water for a day's canoeing on the River Wye. The canoe trip brought them to their accommodation for the night: a campsite with beautiful woodland views where the students enjoyed a meal around the campfire before settling down for the night in tents. On Sunday they headed back onto the water for a day's paddle to the historic town of Monmouth.
In Course B, students spent the weekend in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park in Wales, where they participated in activities such as climbing, kayaking, surfing and coasteering. Students stayed in a rustic ‘Bunk Barn’, a short walk away from a beautiful beach that is a great spot for an evening campfire.
Press play below to watch a video of our weekend in Pembrokeshire in 2018.
ENJOYING AN EVENING CAMPFIRE
SURFING IN PEMBROKESHIRE
BEACH GAMES BEFORE A DIP IN THE SEA