We awoke this morning to a wintery scene, a perfect blue sky and a hard frost which created a magical panorama of the peaks surrounding the centre. With multiple layers, gloves and hats, our intrepid explorers set about their activities for the day.
A visit to Mouldridge Mine at Pikehall was enjoyed by two groups. Here the children looked at some of the natural features within the cave- flowstone, stalactites and fragments of galena, Group A even managed to spot two hibernating bats deep within the craggy walls.
The children recreated the conditions experienced by the lead miners many years ago by turning off their headtorches and sitting in the pitch-dark and, after crawling and squeezing through the tight spaces (including one aptly known as the toilet, in which the children descended a hole in the cave floor), the groups headed back to the door.
Mountain biking was also on the cards today and the boys and girls tackled the White Hall MTB Course taking on the features including the 'Jabberwocky', the 'Devil's Elbow', the 'Twister' and the 'Pump Track'.
For Group C, it was their turn to tackle the stream scramble in the grounds of the dilapidated Errwood Hall where they ducked under branches and refreshed themselves in the icy waters of the waterfall. After a warm up at the centre, they were back outside zooming down the zipwire and navigating the tricky ropes course.
We also managed to celebrate Cody's 11th Birthday with singing at breakfast and a 'cake' (a banana) festooned with candles at dinner- they wouldn't stand up in the jelly and ice cream! Happy birthday, Cody.
Click on the image below for all of our day four pictures from the three groups...