Despite the excitement of our first day in Castleton, the children were soon fast asleep in their bunks last night. For many, the 7am wake up call was a bit of a shock and there were some bleary eyes wandering the corridors of the Hollowford Centre this morning.
However, food soon picked them up: the children were amazed that they could have BOTH cereal and a full cooked breakfast! Fuelled up and dressed head to toe in waterproofs, seven groups set out into the mist and drizzle of the Peak District.
The weather definitely didn’t hold us back though and all groups had a fantastic morning. Great teamwork was exhibited on the high ropes as the children lowered their team mates safely from the dizzying heights of the leap of faith back to terra firma; as well as at abseiling, where they encouraged each other to harness up and climb over the edge of the Miller’s Dale bridge.
A great lunch replenished energy levels so that every group was ready to brave the elements again. The rain did not hold back the weaselers this afternoon who had a great time crawling on their stomachs through water and holes in the rocks. The weather even broke to give our Mam Tor climbers a fantastic view down the Hope Valley. It has been great to see how over the course of the day the groups are getting to know each other better and really supporting each other to face some of their fears.
I know there are many children today who have accomplished tasks that they did not think possible because of the encouragement they have received from their friends. Tonight’s activity is our annual thrilling Castleton Games Night where the children’s pictionary, charades and scrabble skills will be put to the test – for the winning team a prize of the Cadbury variety! We are hoping for another well earned rest tonight and that we can open our curtains tomorrow to a little bit of sun – here’s crossing our fingers!
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