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Duchess of Cambridge goes abseiling and mountain biking with air cadets during Lake District visit – Sky News

The Duchess of Cambridge has turned her hand to abseiling during a visit to the Lake District.

Kate was in Cumbria to mark the reopening of the Windermere Adventure Training Centre after a £2m refurbishment.

After mountain biking with a group of RAF air cadets, the duchess tried abseiling at the Cathedral Quarry in Little Langdale.

Image: Kate also went mountain biking during her visit to Cumbria

Itelouwa Odipe, 13, from Lancaster, spoke to the duchess as she waited to rappel down the quarry.

“She was about to abseil and I was next in line, so she asked me if I wanted to go before her. I was a bit scared so I said no,” he said.

Image: The duchess tried abseiling at Cathedral Quarry in Little Langdale

“I think she was very kind. Even though she is a royal highness she still does things normal humans do.”

Kate also spoke to former air cadet Emma Wolstenholme, 39, who is planning to row across the Atlantic to raise funds for the organisation in its 80th anniversary year.

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Ms Wolstenholme said: “She thinks it’s incredible, an amazing challenge.

“It’s such a great cause. I joined the cadets at 13 and went from being the quietest kid in the school to one of the more confident, outdoorsy and adventurous ones.”

Image: The duchess met two of the ‘Windermere Children’ during her visit to the Lake District

The duchess is Honorary Air Commandant of the RAF cadets and the improved adventure centre will allow hundreds of cadets to visit the Lake District each year.

After spending time with the cadets, Kate met with Holocaust survivors who were sent to Cumbria to recover from the horrors of the Nazi regime.

Image: Kate met with TV personality Robert Rinder (left) in Windermere-on-Bowness and hear more about the Lake District Holocaust project

She took a boat trip on Lake Windermere with Arek Hersh and Ike Alterman, both aged 93, who were part of a 300-strong group, known as the “Windermere Children”, sent to the Lake District in 1945.

In a tweet after her visit, the duchess said: “It was so powerful to hear how their time in the Lakes enjoying outdoor recreation, sport and art therapy, allowed them to be able to begin to rebuild their lives and eventually, their families here in the UK.”

The Duchess of Cambridge also met relatives of the Windermere Children and television personality Robert Rinder during a visit to the Jetty Museum in Bowness-on-Windermere, where she heard about the Lake District Holocaust project and the Windermere Children.