Castleton in Derbyshire was the destination for our latest year six residential, where our children enjoyed three days of sunshine, bushcraft, games, walking and plenty of fun!
Less than 90 minutes from school lies the Losehill Hall youth hostel, surrounded by its own farmland full of sheep, trees and birds. Children excitedly dropped their bags in their rooms and raced for the grounds to play football, make dens or, for some of the more energetic pupils, practise their gymnastics routines!
Our bushcraft activities during the trip included whittling sticks, building fires without a match and creating dens – which were then tested for their waterproof properties by the teachers!
There were map-reading challenges in the grounds and a six-mile, three-hour walk to discover more about the local countryside and its geology.
Meals were fun occasions and a rare chance for pupils to relax and take on board more fuel and water before going out again into the never-ending sunshine for more games!
Mountain rescue talk
The end of the trip was rounded off with a visit from Nick Shepherd and Dolly the rescue dog from Kinder mountain rescue team. Pupils were fascinated by the tales of difficult and dangerous rescues as well as the demonstrations of how rescue dogs do their amazing work in the local mountains.
“Adventure, activities, mud and laughs”
Before we knew it we were back at school – some of us a little tired and some of us in need of a good wash, but everyone having enjoyed an unforgettable trip.
Henry Davies from Y6J told us that he’d had a great time:
Castleton was a brilliant three-day residential where the sun shone and the birds sang. It was full of adventure, activities, mud and laughs. If I had to choose of all the great moments it would probably be the tiring but fun walk up Mam Tor – I slept well that night!
A big thank you must go to all of the staff involved (Mrs Shepherd, Mrs Baker, Mrs Sullivan and Mr Johnson) and to Nick Shepherd and Dolly.
An extra special thank you goes to Mr Taylor, who spent a great deal of time and energy organising the trip so that the pupils could enjoy a safe and exciting adventure.