Caving adventure for Linslade scouts on weekend trip

1st Linslade Scouts in Derbyshire.
1st Linslade Scouts in Derbyshire.

Adventures and new experiences faced the 1st Linslade Scouts on a weekend trip to Tansley Wood Scout Centre near Matlock in Derbyshire - their first challenge was to pitch their tents by torchlight!

Going caving was the highlight with an expedition led by two experienced caving instructors, who took the scouts into an old, abandoned lead mine, where the children abseiled vertical drops and explored tiny passageways.

1st Linslade Scouts cycling in Derbyshire.

1st Linslade Scouts cycling in Derbyshire.

The activity gave the group an insight into the working conditions of the lead miners from the past, some of whom were as young as nine years old. Eloise Hieatt said: “Going caving was a once in a lifetime experience. I really enjoyed the challenge.”

The scouts hired bikes and went exploring, cycling 14 miles along a disused railway track to see old abandoned stations and long, eerie tunnels. A picnic was enjoyed at Bakewell en route. It was a very weary bunch who returned on the Sunday to Leighton Buzzard.