Dukes Barn, 2023
Monday, 6th February
As we gathered in the Hall this morning, the mood was excitement, mixed with a tangible apprehension. The key boxes were ticked, however: everyone turned up on time, with luggage and lunch, and the bus was on time.
It soon became clear, as we entered the Peaks, that the weather was more than even the greatest optimist could have wished for. Clear blue skies and frosty ground; ideal for this trip.
The Barn was as welcoming as ever, with many familiar faces. WE had our tour, found our dorms and ate lunch.
Soon, though, it was time to get stuck into the first activities. The Badgers and Mrs Minta, headed off in the minibus to Chatsworth, to then walk up the hill and back over to the Barn. In the opposite direction, went the Owls and Mr Simmonds, with an impromptu meeting halfway round. The views were stunning and the groups returned home invigorated.
Mr Dudgeon’s Rabbits were brave enough to tackle the legendary abseiling bridge on the Monsal Trail. Naturally, a few nerves fluttered around, but the whole group made it down, and more than once.
Mrs Cox, Ms Stephenson and the Foxes stayed on site to attempt the climbing wall and Ropes Course. The zip wire was the highlight, with bean bags flying everywhere, whilst the negotiating the ropes as the sun started to set was the ideal finish to the day.
Sausage and Mash and Burger and Chips were tonight’s first sample of DB’s infamous food, followed by Trifle. We then got wrapped up for our night walk, torches on during the outward journey, but trusting our sight and ability to be a Friend of the Dark on the return.
The children settled really quickly after a reflective chat and have had a hugely impressive first day. Long may it continue.
Indoor PE - Dance - Wednesday
Outdoor Games - Paceball - Friday (Outdoor PE kit required and a change of footwear and socks!)
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