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With sadness, sun dawned on our final day in Castleton. Overnight, the rain clouds had dissipated leaving what we hoped would be a dry day for the final round of activities. We made the most of the penultimate breakfast and set out aiming to push ourselves once more on some of the challenges that the Hollowford Centre had to offer. After a full round of activities, there have been some clear favourites amongst our children this year: scrambling up on Higger Tor; rafting and zip wire; and abseiling at Miller’s Dale. However, each activity completed this week has provided great opportunities to develop teamwork and the children’s confidence and self-belief. As always, the success of our week wouldn’t have been possible without the expertise of the centre’s instructors. With patience and encouragement, they have provided our children with a safe environment in which they were able to tackle challenges and push themselves beyond what they thought capable. At the end of the last activity, the appreciation from our children was clear to see when they thanked their instructors for all their help and guidance this week. Before our final bedtime, we were left with the most dreaded of all the week’s activities – the emptying of the drying room! Every attempt was made to ensure that clothes were dry before they were packed, however, we have no control over the smell! A peg on the nose might be in order before you open their cases! All children have loved their time here and are sad to leave but they are looking forward to seeing their families again tomorrow.

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