Youngsters trek along coastal path

Ten pupils from a special-needs school trekked 65 miles along the Northumberland Coastal Path.

Monday, 30th May 2016, 5:00 am
Pupils from Lydgate Special School at Warkworth Castle. Picture by Iain Robson

The group from Lydgate School in New Mill, West Yorkshire, started in Cresswell on Monday, May 16, and walked north to their finish point at Berwick on Sunday. The plucky youngsters, aged between 12 and 16, took part in the event to raise money for the school’s outdoor adventures fund. They collected cash through sponsorship.

Among those to take part was a student with cerebral palsy, one with dyspraxia and one with a chromosome disorder. The team stayed at Alnwick Youth Hostel and used a van to take them to various locations so they could walk a different section each day.

They were accompanied by staff from the school, as well as volunteers and a parent. They visited RAF Boulmer during their time in the county. Teacher Judy Rowland said it built their self-esteem and showed what they can achieve.