Arthog Outreach – Final Week of Term

The 'Puddle of Truth' being tackled

The ‘Puddle of Truth’ being tackled

I can hardly believe that this the last week of the spring term and as always it was a lovely week working for my friends at Arthog Outreach, which saw me leading a caving session and woodland walk / bushcraft session.

Caving at Ogof Llanymynech
Working with a social inclusion group, it was lovely to see them explain about how caves were formed and discuss how the Ogof might have been used in the past. Most of the group were particularly adventurous and were up for a visit to the Burial Chamber and the Fiveways Challenge. The group where really pleased with what they achieved and left the Ogof grinning like Cheshire Cats.

Woodland Walk / Bushcraft
With poor weather forecast for the morning and tactical faff not being a option today a cunning plan was required to make the day fun for the young people. I opted for a trip to the Ercal, which has a stream crossing a particularly steep ascent to the summit and then a bit of scrambling off the summit (if you know the secret paths that is). That took care of most of the morning and  by the time we found a suitable spot for lunch the weather brightened up just in time for the bushcraft elements.

We made a fire and drank hot chocolate and made an extremely large natural shelter which the where really proud of. We also found a few deer tracks and foraged for some wild food (wild garlic) before heading off back the centre.

A lovely two days of instructing and I look forward to resuming work after the Easter Holidays.


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