March 6th, 2018
Children from Wymeswold Church of England Primary School got snowed in at How Hill as drifts blocked the roads… what an adventure!
The group arrived on Monday morning and soon began their 2 ½ day programme of activities including dyke dipping, exploring the reserve, boating to Barton Broad, thatching, visiting Toad Hole Cottage Museum, dissecting owl pellets, orienteering and environmental art. On Tuesday the snow started falling and we made sure that the children were well wrapped up with plenty of time to play outside and enjoy the novelty weather conditions. How Hill is beautiful at any time of year, but in the snow it is magical.
Although Wymeswold were due to return home on Wednesday the winding country roads surrounding the centre had been blocked overnight by drifting snow and were impassable by any vehicle – especially a 50 seater coach! Luckily How Hill staff are made of stern stuff and Simon, Shauna and Wendy fought their way on foot through the drifts to reach the centre in time to prepare breakfast.
In previous winters stranded school groups have walked cross-country to Ludham village (about a mile) and met their bus there. Although this was the original plan, the coach had set out from Leicester on Wednesday morning but only managed to get as far as Acle due to a combination of snow drifts and the driver’s tachograph. Luckily the children were in good spirits and very happy to stay an extra night
After another day of cosy indoor activities and playing in the snow the intrepid party of children, teachers and How Hill staff set off along farm tracks and across the fields to Ludham. Despite the freezing conditions the children showed the resilience of Arctic explorers; they reached the village in good time and boarded their bus which took them safely home to Leicestershire.
This was Wymeswold’s first trip to How Hill but their adventure hasn’t put them off as they have enquired about coming again in 2020!