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Lake District Activity Centre with Derek & Claire

Lake District Activity Centre

 We made our way to the sports hall for an evening of learning some circus skills, taught by Josh. Everyone had tremendous fun trying the different skills; from juggling to plate spinning and stilt walking. 

Off towards Grizedale Forest, where we all went for a super nature walk along the sculpture trail. With healthy appetites after all that fresh air we tucked into a picnic lunch,

 Any free time we had was spent in the games room, competing against each other at Air Hockey and Table Football.  

We spent the afternoon exploring the village of Kirkby Lonsdale and parked by a beautiful medieval bridge called ‘Devil's Bridge. We made our way up to the main town square for a special gourmet ice cream from ‘The Milking Parlour’

Once we had all been levered into our caving suits and wellies, we were off climbing the slope to the entrance of the cave. Stepping gingerly over stones and picking our way carefully, we saw fossils and stalagmites and learned about the history of the cave, and indeed also the myth that it was once home to a giant long ago! Experiencing the waterfall was definitely the high point and what a wonderful achievement that we as a group made it that far into the cave 

We loved going out for dinner at the pub to watch the football, and indulge in a spot of pool and darts 

The Lake was awash with families enjoying the glorious Easter weather. We kitted ourselves out with life jackets and wellies, loaded up the canoes and set off from the jetty. Everyone did a fantastic job of paddling and working as a team. 

With a steady hand and a keen eye we tried our best to hit the 'bulls-eye' in our archery lesson.

 Next came learning bush-craft skills, with one of the staff showing us all how to start a fire using tinder and a special fire starting kit. After everyone managed to start their fire, we cooked bread on sticks over the open flames. 

With Rex leading the way, we moved onto the cycle track where every person had the opportunity to ride a bike; from two wheelers and trikes, to hand propelled bikes or recumbent bikes. What fun! 

Everyone looked forward to whizzing down the zip wire. We were given a safety talk and fitted with safety harnesses and helmets before literally taking the plunge. Wow, we all agreed that it was totally exhilarating and loved the experience. 

 Everyone was really positive about trying their best to make it to the top of the climbing wall. All of whom climbed with such determination and confidence to reach their goals. 

We drove to a little village across the Yorkshire border called Ingleton, and to an old quarry site to try our hand at real rock climbing, outdoors. Once again excelling in conquering the climbing routes.

 The fire was smoking and the logs were crackling as we toasted marshmallows, sang silly songs accompanied by Simon and Harvey on the guitar. 

We were all presented with certificates at the end of a fabulous, adrenaline seeking week for all of our efforts and achievements. 

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