Our first morning in Castleton and 76 sleepy children had to be roused from their beds. A remarkable first! A few rooms after the excitement of the first night, were a little bit sleepier than others! After a quick room inspection, a very close run thing but the boys were victorious (hard to believe I know!)
We made our way to the canteen for the first breakfast of the week. Like our dinner last night, food was plentiful and delicious – the children could not believe their luck when they were informed that they could have cereal as well as a full cooked breakfast! With our first full day of activities ahead most took up both options!
After a quick turnaround, all groups were helmeted, harnessed or waterproofed up for the morning’s activity. The overnight rain disappeared and livened our spirits and everyone had a great morning, generally to the tune of that intrepid phrase “I can’t” shortly followed by a surprised look and a cry of “I did”. eard to say
One of the groups, became the first to scale the 517m summit of Mam Tor and despite the wind and the very muddy pathways, the sun came out showcasing the amazing views across Hope and Edale Valley. They returned to the centre full of pride of their achievement if not very muddy! The weasels had some slightly bigger puddles to slide through also enjoyed some of the fabulous views that the Peak District has to offer whilst scrambling over, through and under ancient rock formations! The sailors were glad to be taking precautions, as Noah did. The archers found the going tough into a head wind but there were a number of bullseyes were scored. Once we turned around, we did have a bit of luck in finding someone else’s lost arrow, whilst searching for one of our own wind assisted efforts.
Soon enough it was time to eat again, a recurring feature of the trip, this time it was fish and chips. These didn’t last long and before we knew it we were ready to set off for our afternoon activities.
Each group rotated round to the next activity and thus ensured a whole new experience for everyone before the afternoon was out. Fortunately, the rain gods had decided to stay away and we endured a breezy but enjoyable afternoon.
The sailors returned to the centre and filled the drying room to bursting point and turned the heaters up to full. After another trip to the shower for the few unfortunate souls who had found the wrong side of the poles on the assault course and those whose knots on the raft weren’t quite as secure as they needed to be! We found ourselves in the dining room again. Another choice to make, was it curry or fish? Everyone chose, returned for seconds and still had room for sponge and custard.
We managed to roll (literally) out of the dining room and it was time for the eagerly anticipated visit to the Castleton Multiplex! It’s more of a single plex but the film was a roaring success as everyone donned their onesies and bought their teddies for a cosy night in.
Once the film was finished and after another visit to Mrs Lakin’s Hot Chocolate Emporium everyone drifted off to bed for a well earned sleep! (We hope!)
More photos tomorrow. We'll keep you posted.
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