Look, learn and love it

Published on: 02 Jul 2014

One of the Lake District's loveliest valleys is set to be explored by its own young people wanting a share of the action enjoyed by millions of visitors.

While the 11 to 25 year-olds live in the heart of a world renowned location, many of Ullswater's youth say they have not had chance to find adventure for themselves.

They clamoured for places on a weekend event later this month which will see 24 join an expedition involving a raft of activities.

Lake District National Park management ranger Rec Cathey explained the far-reaching Ullswater Valley initiative – where communities are playing a part in shaping their future – included a strong focus on youth.

She explained: "They told us they want more outdoor activities, so we linked with The Outward Bound Trust and Campaign for National Parks' Mosaic project to make things happen for them.

"They see many of the national park's 15 million visitors passing through and want to find out what attracts them and why. Some coming on our 25 July weekend will have possibly not camped out before or enjoyed activities so many take for granted.

"As they climb, ghyll scramble, hike, canoe and sail they'll be encouraged to look at their surroundings in a new light and see why working together is so important.

"We want to really excite them. They've asked for this and we're not going to disappoint. There's real potential here to captivate the valley's next generation and foster long-term commitment to the area."

Recognised by the Duke of Edinburgh and John Muir Trust Award schemes, Rec said the successful candidates would benefit from new levels of understanding.

She added: "Who knows, it might influence future careers and will certainly make them much more aware of the issues and opportunities in their home patch. In just two days they'll build their confidence and learn so much more about their spectacular environment."

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