Greenhill Grammar school, Oldham

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 A Weekend Holiday in the Lake District


On Friday, May 22nd, 1959, 32 members of the Historical Society met at Central Station, Oldham, at 8.45 a.m. Mr. and Mrs. Bickerstaffe and Mr. and Mrs. Fryer were the leaders of the party.  We travelled from Manchester to Preston and then to Penrith.  From here we went to Keswick and finally to Stair, where we stayed at Newlands Youth Guest House for the weekend.

That afternoon we all set out for a walk.  Some climbed Cat Bells, while others decided to go for a swim.  Dinner was at 7 p.m. after which we all walked to Hawse End and some continued into Keswick.

The following day most of us arose at about 6 a.m., to the consternation of the sleepy element.  After breakfast, sandwiches were packed and then the coach arrived.  At about 9.20 we set out to Hadrian's Wall.  We stopped to look at three different parts of the wall.  Our first stop was at Birdoswald, where we saw sections of the wall.  At Housesteads, where our second stop was made, there was a museum besides a fort.  However, the most interesting place was Corbridge - our third stop. This was a Roman Head-Quarter Station and it lies half a mile west of the modern town. We set off back to the hostel and arrived shortly before seven o'clock, when we had dinner.  Each had the evening to himself.

On Sunday morning many went to Church, either at Newlands or Keswick.  In the afternoon Mr. Fryer led a seven mile walk, but, as it was extremely hot, after the first three miles some stayed to swim in Derwentwater.  Here some members of the party fell in the Lake, much to the amusement of the rest.  All met again at Hawse End, after crossing the Lake by launch.

In the evening some went for a walk, some paddled in the stream by the hostel, and others had a sing-song.

All too soon Monday arrived - our last day in the Lake District.  That morning we went into Keswick, and finally made our own way back to the hostel.

Around 2 p.m. the coach arrived, and our homeward journey was begun.

It was a grand holiday, and all are looking forward to the next one in North Wales.



6th Form Trip to Malham


The 16th September dawned dull and drizzly, a refreshing change from the morale-sapping, semi-tropical sunshine of recent months.  We, the select band of sixth-form geographers, together with others from the science side, who thought a day out, even at 8/6d., a better proposition than double-chemistry, set out from West Street at the unholy hour of 8.31 a.m.  Our road lay through Bacup, Burnley, Gargrave to Malham Village, stopping on the way to note a drumlin field, the result of glaciation in the Aire Gap.  This notable and interesting feature was duly pointed out and explained by our benevolent "good shepherd", Mr. Wells.

Once at Malham we had a light refreshment and repaired to a local hostelry.  After Mr. Wells had rounded up those to whom a nine-mile walk had suddenly become an unpleasant reality, we set off across the fields to join a stream emanating from the fells, before crossing Janet's Foss, a waterfall with a calc-tufa curtain which we duly visited.  It may be said now that the river was not in spate, for many moons had passed since the last appreciable rain.  Thus we were disappointed in many ways, but rather relieved when we came to climb certain features which, as we were told, were rather damp in wet weather!

Our path lay through Gordale Scar, a collapsed cave formed by water in the limestone, and similar to Cheddar Gorge, though on a smaller scale.  After a strenuous climb up the debris at the far end of the Scar, having passed between the sinuous but steep cliffs, we emerged on the fell in glorious weather.

The object of our excursion was multi-fold - we were to view Malham Cove, examine what there was to examine of the water systems, and gain impressions of the two faults that lay in our path, the North and the Mid Craven Faults.

Lack of time prevented us from visiting Smelt Mill Sinks, where a stream goes underground to re-appear at Malham Cove. This is an area of complicated drainage, for the stream from Malham Tarn, which we would normally think comes out at Malham Cove, usually goes beneath the Cove to reappear-more than a mile to the south.

The walk to Malham Cove proved most worthwhile, for we emerged suddenly at the top of the Cove, faced with a drop of several hundred feet.  The stream which originally flowed over the cliff, has cut back the Cove many hundreds of yards from the Mid-Craven Fault, of which it was part.

This then was the end of our expedition.  The journey home was broken at Skipton for tea, and at Rochdale for a case of anti-peristalsis, concerning a boy scientist.

Our thanks to Mr. Wells for an enjoyable, educational and illuminating outing.