Students and teachers cycle from Lake District to Harrogate

Bikes are used in Malawi on an everyday basis and are crucial. (S)

Bikes are used in Malawi on an everyday basis and are crucial. (S)

  • Ashville College’s teachers and students to take on 102-mile cycle for charity Open Arms Malawi
  • They will cycle from their former home in Bowness to the Harrogate campus today
  • This also marks the 75th anniversary of Ashville being evacuated to the Lake District in the Second World War
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Pupils and teachers from Ashville College will undertake a gruelling 102-mile cycling challenge on March 28 to raise funds for Open Arms Malawi and mark a significant event in the school’s history.

The 12-strong team will begin their ‘Pedal for Bricks’ journey at the Hydro Hotel in Bowness – home to the school during the Second World War – with the aim of crossing the finish line in Harrogate in less than 12 hours.

In addition to an undulating route across the Dales, the team will have to endure two climbs out of Settle and leaving Appletreewick.

Director of outdoors education Ian Gould said: “To mark the 75th anniversary of Ashville being evacuated to the Lake District, and to raise money for Open Arms, we decided on this challenge as the bike is appropriate with the work the Open Arms charity does in Malawi.

“With such poverty in Malawi, the bicycle is one of the primary ways that people get around and as such, an integral part of Malawian life.”

All funds raised will go to building and decorating materials for projects when a school team visits in July.