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Castleton 2018

Day 3 - Wednesday 11th July 2018

After a very good night's sleep, almost all of the children needed waking for breakfast. Beforehand, the children packed (most of) their belongings and began tidying their rooms.  Breakfast was busy but again very welcome and following a short time to prepare, we set off on our walk towards Hope.  In more blazing sunshine and coated in sun cream, we encountered sheep, what felt like hundreds of stiles and a few bumpy paths.  We visited Castleton Visitor Centre, resting by a very picturesque stream and after what felt like no time at all, we found ourselves back at the hostel.  We ate our lunch and are about to check that we have everything before setting out on our way home. Without trying to jinx anything, we think that, WE SURVIVED!

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Day 2 - Tuesday 10th July 2018

Following a relatively quiet night's sleep, we woke and prepared ourselves ready for a walk around the North-eastern side of Castleton. Breakfast was very welcome and filling and after checking that sun-cream was applied and that water bottles were filled, we set off.  The children walked very well and despite finding the ascent difficult in places, generally walked with smiles on faces and a spring in their step.

We stopped tea eat our lunch at Treak Cliff Cavern and thanks to the PTA (and Mrs Reeves) enjoyed an ice-cream.  We set off for the easier second half of our walk, down the hill into Castleton. We arrived home, had a play, some drinks and continued into our afternoon activities.

We enjoyed archery (with Tim again) and a Jumblies activity, exploring the site and looking for hidden clues.  At tea time, we were treated to some delicious food and are currently enjoying 'Alvin and the Chipmunks' in the air-conditioned film room.

We are looking forward to a walk to the Hope side of Castleton tomorrow and seeing our friends and family when we return home.

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Day 1 - Monday 9th July

After a quick and painless journey, we found our common room, had a quick tour of the grounds and enjoyed our lunch.  The afternoon activities consisted of: Roman battle training, building a Roman seige engine and dressing up in historical costumes from the past 3000 years.

All of these activities were great, led by Tim, our guide for the day.  After an enjoyable tea, where the children behaved absolutely impeccably, we split into 2 groups and took part in candle making and an exploration of the lead mine.  

A drink and snack followed by a bedtime story was a calm ending to a really enjoyable first day and after some time to wash and relax in our rooms, most of the children are currently trying to get to sleep...

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