INNER-CITY London kids are enjoying a taste of the beautiful Llangollen countryside thanks to a new scheme.

A new partnership between London Challenge and the YHA (Youth Hostel Association) is enabling young people to take part in residential courses in Llangollen.

The scheme aims to break the link between disadvantage and low attainment and strives to help young people of limited means gain an appreciation of the countryside while promoting health and education.

The Newviews courses enable pupils to try everything from outdoor activities to dramatic arts and are aimed at pupils aged between 11-14.

They are designed to develop independence, self-organisation and build relationships with other young people and the adults around them.

Pupils of Lister Community School in Newham recently stayed at YHA Llangollen on an adventure activity visit.

Kids took part in a range of activities, including climbing, mountain biking, gorge walking and abseiling.

Lara Hatton, a teacher at the school, said the week made a real difference to the lives of those pupils involved.

She said: 'We've been really fortunate to be able to take part in this trip. The experience at Llangollen will always be a memorable one. A residential visit to a Youth Hostel like this has such an important impact on a young person's life.'