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Y5 Residential in Castleton

posted 17 Mar 2014, 09:15 by Sian Granville   [ updated 17 Mar 2014, 22:26 by Lynnette Glossop ]
The weather couldn't have been better and so the first day got the residential off to a great start. The groups went orienteering, on the zip wire, caving, weaselling, scrambling and on the high ropes. A small flavour of what was achieved can be seen below! The activities demanded team work, careful listening and quite a lot of facing fears. Everyone did really well and was pleased with achieving their own personal goals. Challenge by Choice is a great way to really enjoy al the exciting adventures whilst testing your courage!
Mrs Smith and I would like to say a BIG thank you to  Mr Fletcher, Miss Hanvere, Mrs Dally, Mrs King, Mr Percy and Mrs Dungworth for all your enthusiastic support of the trip. We all had a wonderful time and without people prepared to stay overnight or travel out to Castleton each day, the residential could not have taken place.
Day Two - the Long Walk!! A well-named part of our residential when all the groups set off to conquer Mam Tor from different directions but often including an Essential Stop At The Ice-cream Shop. We were extremely lucky with the weather which was sunny but not too hot or unpleasant. The walk offered the opportunity for lots of map-reading, co-operation and careful observation of the features around us to match them to the map so we knew where we were and where we were going next. On the way we also learnt a lot about the history of the area going back millions of years to the fossils we could see in the limestone walls, through the Roman lead mining at the base of Mam Tor and up to date with the current blue john mining which takes place here. As you can see, some groups also walked up the closed road, which was damaged when the ground underneath proved too unstable. 
Day Three - concluded with more activities at The Hollowford  Centre which provides excellent mountain leader trained staff, great accommodation and WONDERFUL food!