Twenty four wanted more

Published on: 31 Jul 2014

Wow was the cry from Ullswater youth when they set about discovering their own valley.

For some of the 11 to 22 year-olds, it was the first time they had camped, climbed or tried wild swimming and the verdict was unanimous. The 24 wanted more.

Part of the Lake District National Park's far-reaching Ullswater Valley initiative, where communities are playing a part in shaping their future, the strong focus on youth is having a significant impact.

Park management ranger, Rec Cathey, explained that the area's young people often felt marginalised and had little experience of pursuits enjoyed by millions of visitors who flocked to their valley.

She explained: "They told us they want more outdoor activities, so we linked with The Outward Bound Trust to make things happen.

"We wanted to make events free and accessible so everyone could be included. The response has been fantastic, particularly for our first weekend expedition.

"The idea is to get young people to look at their surroundings in a new light and see why working together is so important.

"We want to captivate the valley's next generation and foster long-term commitment to the area. It's been an amazing success story and we hope the work will be written into local strategies and continued in perpetuity."

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