Year 11 pupils enjoyed three days in the Peak District ahead of their Mocks. They developed the following skills towards their Prince’s Trust Qualification: Teamwork, communication, resilience, confidence, problem solving, independence and leadership. Well done to all involved.

Monday – On route to our accommodation we visited the Miller’s Dale where we started by having our lunch. We then walked down the Monsall Trail, stopping to look at the now redundant Lime Kiln. We then walked over the viaduct and through Chee Tor Tunnel, a former railway tunnel, before heading down to the river that flows through the valley. We had to work together to help people over the stepping stones, and across the fairly tricky terrain. This is a beautiful part of the Peak District and a great activity to get us started for our adventurous trip.

Tuesday – Tuesday began with trip to Wirksworth Leisure Centre (a slight change of plan due to the poor weather) to visit an indoor climbing wall. This gave the group a chance to develop our team working and communication skills by helping people to climb and to challenge themselves. We then travelled to Cromford wharf for lunch and to begin a canoeing session. The canoeing proved to be another activity that would challenge some pupils and relied on teamwork, communication and leadership. This was made fun with the use of games whilst learning to paddle, before heading on journey along the canal.

Wednesday – After packing up and cleaning the accommodation to leave we headed to Hathersage for breakfast. Then we travelled to Stanage Edge, a gritstone ridge with some amazing views. We headed up to the ridge top, walked along the top and were shown Robin Hoods Cave; a natural cave-like balcony that tales suggest was a place of shelter and a good vantage point for Robin Hood to spot enemies approaching. Quite possible as one of his merry men is buried in Hathersage.