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Y5 Residential 2019


The year 5 residential will take place 20th – 24th May 2019 although children will only attend for three days/two nights of this.  Children from 5L will go Monday 20th – Wednesday 22nd May and children from 5J will go Wednesday 22nd May – Friday 24th May.  Wednesday will be the changeover day – the whole cohort will have lunch together before 5L return to school.

Objectives of residential:

  • To provide the children with experience of time away from the family home
  • To develop responsibility for self: room, belongings, preparations for activities, cooking, cleaning, meeting challenges
  • To provide experience of outdoor adventurous activity in the form of caving, off road biking and low-level Dales walking
  • To understand the water cycle and basic geology
  • To improve skills in OS map reading


We stay at Gearstones Lodge at Ribblehead in the Yorkshire Dales.  Click here for more information on the lodge.


Click here to see the expected itinerary.


Ingleton Waterfall walk

The children will be dropped by minibus at Beezley Café and walk towards Twistleton Hall and join the Waterfall Walk. If the weather is nice, children will get to have a paddle near the end of the walk.

Cycling at Gisburn Forest

The children will spend half a day cycling at Gisburn Forest. Bikes and helmets will be provided. This activity will be led by Chris Young from British Cycling supported by Matt Asquith and school staff.

Caving at Ribblehead

The children will spend half a day caving in 3 caves near Ribblehead Viaduct. All kit will be provided. This activity will be led by Charlie Pyatt with support from school staff.

Night walk

The children will take part in a ‘night’ walk which takes place near to the lodge and will get the opportunity to use their map reading skills.

River study walk

Children will complete a river study walk following a path underneath Ribblehead Viaduct.


Children will travel by school minibus or train.

What do children need to bring?

Click here to see a copy of the recommended kit list.


Exact staffing will be confirmed nearer the time but our school staff is supplemented by Charlie Pyatt who will lead the caving and Chris Young who will lead the cycling at Gisburn Forest assisted by Matt Asquith.

What next?

School will prepare the appropriate paperwork for the local authority to approve the trip.  Documents will include: risk assessments, itinerary, kit list, staffing, emergency contact details etc…

A meeting giving full details of the 2018 year 5 residential will be held on Monday 26th February at 6pm.


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