September Outdoor Education residential

A group of four intrepid boys from the Gallery, Meadowcroft School, took part in a two day overnight residential to Hebden Hey in West Yorkshire. This residential was to provide a baseline experience which allowed them to begin working towards their Duke of Edinburgh Award. These courageous pupils were none other than Warren, Matthew, Josh and Kieran.

 We started the trip on a Thursday morning with a walk up Studley Pike, starting at Mankinholes, the short sharp ascent up the western face of the Pike, then turned southwest and headed along the ridge. After our walk we travelled to our overnight accommodation at Hebden Hey Scout Campsite. At this time of year, the night air tends to be brisk, not ideal for camping outside! We therefore settled for one of the dormitories. Nice and warm with our rooms taken care of, we ventured down to the river to build dams whilst looking at the fauna and flora adorning the river; we also observed its banks and some small river caves, investigating a number of pathways and trees as well as playing team building games along the way.

 After having a well-deserved wash and unpacking their kits, a glorious game of monopoly was to be had before tea. Pizza, chips and salad, with fresh fruit for desert, gave the pupils the energy they craved to competitively battle for monopoly victory. Pupils and staff struggled to keep up with Matthew’s skill, who careered to victory just before the group went out to stereotypically gorge on roasted marsh mellows over a camp fire. Stood around discussing the joys of the day, the group had particularly cited the views from Studley Pike, bearing cold feet in the river and the company of pupils and staff alike. A hot chocolate and a 10pm curfew, signalled bedtime for the boys.

 After a quiet night and an early morning, some of the boys were keen for an early morning jog, in the thin sunshine and chilly morning air a short jaunt along the lane and a footpath in a short circuit back to the cabin.  This completed it was, breakfast, washes and packing before moving onto den building in the woods. Tarps, crates and ropes, together with branches, twigs helped create out pupil’s shelters.  Our final activity of the trip was a short climbing session at Heptonstall Quarry, the technical challenges of the climb with the backdrop of outstanding views.

 After a long and tiring 2 days we returned in time for the taxis home and a well-deserved rest.