We have had a lot of snowfall overnight and we're all fine and preparing to go on a walk in the snow this morning. We might even build some snowmen! However, the rest of the trip is under discussion as we want to make it as interesting for the children as possible so we will keep you updated with any further plans.
Today, we had even more snow!
Both classes (morning and afternoon groups) went sledging and it was great fun. We began with a walk from Dukes Barn to reach the destination for our sledging adventure. We used 'snow bum sledges' for individual children and tarpaulins for those who wished to go down in groups. They were both really fast and everyone got involved - including the teachers and instructors. Some of us even raced down the hill, we all had so much fun! The snow was fantastic!
Badgers go caving!
Our second activity of the day was caving! Everyone was so excited. Firstly, we had to get geared up into waterproofs and wellies and hop into the minibus ready to start our journey to Devonshire Mine. We were all determined to walk up the steep hill up to the mine, and climb over the wall to get there. Once we reached the small door, we were all feeling really nervous, but once we climbed the ladder down, everyone perked up. We were all amazed to see the inside and hear all about stalatites and stalagmites. We squeezed through tight gaps, crawled through small holes, and experienced absolute darkness. Everyone was so brave and worked so well as a team encouraging each other and giving each other tips. We were glad to get back to Dukes Barn travelling through the snow blizzard, excited for our tea and DVD night.
Badgers - Adventure Walk at Surprise View
Badgers started their day with the adventure walk. We were all wrapped up warm and cosy ready to face the snow out in the Peak District. Even though snow blizzard's had been forcast, we couldn't wait to start our adventure in the snow. Once we arrived, we trudged over the heather, through the trees and climbed over the rocks whilst the snow was fluttering. We even managed to have snow ball fights with each other as the snow had settled. Before we knew it, there was a snow blizzard so our instructor- Andy helped us to find shelter. We were so lucky, that he even brought us some hot chocolate to warm us up. Once we were warmed up, we carried on our adventure back to the minibus.
Owls - Tuesday afternoon challenge!
This afternoon was fantastic! We headed up to Surprise View for an adventure walk. When we arrived, there was snow on the floor but we found the footpath and headed up to the top. After a small while, we could see snow approaching and before we knew it, we had to shelter behind a large rock to hide ourselves from a blizzard! Once it had passed, we carried on our adventure. It was a real challenge for us all - especially the teachers! We climbed up and down rocks to see some fantastic views and enjoyed the snow. We even had a few snowball fights along the way. It was great fun when we bumped into the Foxes and spent some time playing with them before heading back down to the minibus to come back for our evening meal - Pasta Bolognese and strawberry cheesecake. Yum!
Owls - Tuesday morning challenge!
This morning, the owl group went caving - well actually it was mining as we visited Devonshire lead mine. It began with an uphill walk to the entrance of the mine, but Aidan (our instructor) couldn't get the door open so we had to keep walking uphill to an additional entrance. Everyone was so excited to get in and had great fun squeezing through small gaps, climbing over and under rocks and boulders and learning about the mining industry! About half way through, we all turned off our torches to experience 'pitch black' and we couldn't see a thing. Everyone was super brave! After a while, we made our way to the exit and walked back down the hill to return for a lovely lunch and prepare for this afternoons adventure walk!
The foxes have been abseiling this morning! They showed great team work; walking down to Miller's Dale Bridge helping to carry all the equipment. It was not as cold as we thought and we even saw some sunshine. Everyone got into their harnesses and despite a few nerves we had some great abseilers! We had some Foxes go down on their own and some with friends in tandem. As the morning went on, it got snowier and snowier! In the end we had a brisk walk back to the minibus and were shaking all the snow off! It was a dicey ride for a while but as soon as we were back on the main road the sun came out and the snow vanished!
After a lovely lunch of cobs, crisps and cake we are having a bit of time in our rooms and are heading out for our adventure walk this afternoon!
Greetings from Dukes Barn!
The Foxes have had a fantastic afternoon caving. We started with a bit of an uphill walk to the entrance of Devonshire Mine, lots of puffing and panting! Once we reached the cave entrance there were a few nerves but everyone was brilliant and climbed down the ladder into the mine. We saw lots of sparkles and learnt a lot about the different minerals, including stalagmites and stalagtites. There was a lot of up and down, climbing over rocks, squeezing through gaps but everyone did it with lots of enthusiasm and so much team spirit! We were so proud of them, they all did the challenges they were presented with and our instructor Dan commented on what a lovely group they were. Home now for a bit of time in our rooms, and we've heard a whisper it's pizza and chips for tea! If the weather stays fine, we will be out later for our torchlight walk.
Greeting from Dukes Barn!
We had a great journey up here and arrived to find the sun shining. The children have had a good look around Dukes Barn and had an 'interesting' half hour making their beds! We have just had lunch and the children are having some time in their rooms before we head off for the afternoon. The Badgers and Owls are abseiling and the Foxes are caving!
Will update later!