Is this the UK's best walk to school?
Ben Harris

We’re celebrating National Walk to School Week so we wanted to share the inspiring scenery and fascinating sights that pupils can take in as they walk to lessons here.

With the Forest of Bowland on one side and the Yorkshire Dales National Park on the other, we’re not exaggerating when we say our pupils are met with breath-taking scenery every day, whether they board and are completing a short walk from their room to the classroom, or travel in from home each day.

Depending on where pupils are setting off from, their journey will take in a variety of different views and landmarks. Here are just a few:

Boys and girls in Catteral House (our junior house for Years 7 and 8), can enjoy two routes. One takes them along the drive where they can look out over our playing fields, Papes, and Attermire Scar, before walking past a small but perfectly formed waterfall.

The second route takes them through our Junior School and then over a bridge in a beautiful, wooded area, just below our Observatory. Did you know? Giggleswick was selected as the official observation post for the 1927 solar eclipse!

Those pupils travelling from the Lake District will pass Hostel Rocks, an impressive collection of 34 crags within 10km of each other. Not only is this a spectacular sight but it has inspired a love of climbing among staff and pupils alike – in 2017 we opened a state-of-the-art indoor climbing wall to complement this impressive natural feature. They’ll also pass the Grade II listed, Giggleswick Chapel, which was completed in 1901. It is a distinctive landmark, attracting visitors from across the country, yet is something our pupils get to see every day as they walk among the grounds beneath it.

Pupils heading into school from Houses Morrison, Style and Carr, or on the road from Leeds or Manchester, have an impressive view of the Dales on their left, which again takes in the Chapel in the distance. They will then pass three statues that were made by OG Jeremy Oddie in 2012 to celebrate our quincentenary. If they continue onwards towards our library, they’ll pass Holywell Toft, the Headmaster’s house and the place where Virginia Woolf wrote her first published piece.

Depending on the time of year, they’ll also be met with an array of flora that frames the school beautifully. At this time of year, Tulips, Cowslips and Bluebells sit opposite our main entrance.

We’re proud to be situated in a part of the country that inspires everyone to look up from their phones and take in the natural world and the heritage of the school. Our surroundings have encouraged a strong outdoor pursuits culture here, led by our new Head of Outdoor Pursuits, Pete Keron, who has a passion for all things outdoors, having rock climbed extensively across the UK and Europe as well as representing Great Britain in Kayaking at five World Championships.

Children and young people at Giggleswick can make the most of the location by taking part in Combined Cadet Force, the Duke of Edinburgh Award and the Giggleswick Diploma – as well as learning a variety of outdoor pursuits purely for the thrill of it. We ensure all pupils get to try an extensive list of outdoor pursuits and that those who love it are given loads of great opportunities to get stuck in.

Come and see the location for yourself. We offer day, full-board, and flexi-board options to suit all families. Contact us now to arrange a visit.