Outdoor Pursuits (OP) plays a key role in life at Giggleswick and we take full advantage of the beautiful and challenging countryside in which the School is situated. The department has had Adventure Activities Licensing Authority Scheme Status since 2004, with five mountain leaders, two winter mountain leaders and five rock climbing instructors within school staff.
Over 160 pupils take part in a variety of OP activities and we emphasise the importance of understanding safety issues and using sound judgement, as well as gaining technical experience.
On Friday afternoons, all Year 9 pupils follow a programme of activities leading to the award of the Giggleswick Certificate. This involves climbing, caving, mountain biking, kayaking and orienteering as well as expedition training to prepare for a two day unaccompanied journey at the end of the summer term.
Canoeing & Kayaking
Our swimming pool is located in the middle of campus and weekly canoeing and kayaking clubs take place here. Once pupils have developed confidence and basic technique they progress to canoeing and kayaking on different water, from the River Ribble close to the village or rivers in Scotland and white water kayaking in Snowdonia.
The school has equipment and runs frequent trips and caving activities in the local area. We understand going underground can be daunting at first but Outdoor Pursuits staff have years of experience and up to date qualifications to ensure safety is paramount and children and young people enjoy this challenging but very rewarding sport.
Over 75 pupils take part in climbing with clubs on Tuesdays and Saturdays and over 34 crags within 10km of the school. Giggleswick South Crag is one of the best sports climbing venues in the UK with 260 climbing routes. It is just a three minute walk from school. Climbing will be even better at Gigg in the coming year as we build a state of the art indoor climbing wall in Catteral Pavillion. Under the supervision of Dr Wright’s (Head of Outdoor Pursuits) visionary new expeditions, groups have visited the French Alps and the Italian Dolomites as well as numerous and frequent weekends in North Wales, the Lakes and Scotland, braving the elements for a taste of mountain adventures.
We have our own 1.2 mile Mountain Bike Trail which takes in some beautiful scenery and we have various bikes and kit that pupils can use to take part. Weekly clubs take place for both Juniors and Seniors with technique and speed being the focus as pupils progress.
My favourite club is Mountain Biking – the feel of going down that hill and the wind in your face is amazing!
Sam Truscott, Year 9