Wednesday 18 November 2015

Prince's Trust Residentials. October 12th - 15th 2015.

Following on from his day out with The Browns teaching Map Reading & Navigation Skills in The Lake District, Iain was back in Yorkshire the next day starting work with yet another Prince's Trust Group - this time from PT Huddersfield.

The programme followed a similar format to the previous week in so much that Iain started by meeting the group at Harrogate Climbing Centre where we spent several hours rock climbing on the indoor wall. (photo one).

Indoor climbing is the way that most start out. It can be done in a warm & comfortable environment and it is easy to see all of the climbing holds; and, you can make make it as easy or as hard as you wish. This type of climbing is a good way also to get people to work together to look after each other whilst climbing. And gives individuals the opportunity to learn new skills and overcome their fears and often that is a fear of heights!

After a great session at Harrogate Climbing Centre,  we drove, again, to Skirfare Bridge Barn - our base for this second week of Prince's Trust Residentials.

The next day we were up and away over to Nidderdale to meet Geoff for another Introductory Caving Session similar to the previous week.

This time the water levels were low so we went into New Goyden Pot to give the group their caving experience. New Goyden is  a pretty extensive system and we were underground for several hours visiting Mud Hall (photo two) and the main streamway which carries the flow of the River Nidd.

We did a circular route which involved some crawling, some climbing  and some sliding about on a rope as we descended a steep muddy slope.

As you can see from the groups expressions, they all had a great time on this underground adventure!

In the afternoon, we drove on to Brimham Rocks for yet another scrambling session; and then returned to Skirfare Bridge Barn for another excellent Archery Session.

The next day, the group went to Malham for a circular walk from the village to Janet's Foss, Gordale Scar and Malham Cove and then went bowling in Skipton by way of a treat for everyone's hard work over the three days.

It was another successful week for these young people who we hope all go on to be successful with their futures.

We look forward to working on the next Prince's Trust Residentials in 2016!

All of the activities undertaken  by this group are also offered by us here in The Lake District. Contact us to find out more, activity sessions start at just £45 per person for  a half day (four hour) session  with all specialist equipment required included in the fee.

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