Farsley Farfield Primary School

6S residential at How Stean Gorge Day 1

It has been a fabulous first day and a fantastic group (so far).

The journey up was very misty: I had to put on windscreen wipers even though it wasn’t raining and we needed headlights too. As a result, we couldn’t see much at our first stop at the top of Coldstone Cut.

Once at How Stean we had lunch, moved into our tents and then got ready for the first activities: abseiling and gorge scrambling. The children got into their wetsuit, harness and helmet very well which gave us extra time in the gorge. The teachers led the way with the first abseils and everyone followed at a good pace. I couldn’t get everyone in the video.


The gorge scrambling was exhilarating! Children helped each other and completed challenges. We got some video of most of the children but it was tricky! It was a great experience.  Best quote came from Kieron in the middle of the gorge scrambling: “I wish this would never end!”

This evening we have eaten well, had an evening guided walk and had free ‘playtime’. Children are going to bed from 10.30 with ‘torches out’ from 11.15. We have a relative ‘lie-in’ tomorrow with breakfast at 8.30. Here’s hoping we have a good night.

Morning update:  3 of the 4 tents slept well but one tent were chatting very late and then awake again very early. They will regret it later…

Here are the culprits!

Here are some photos from earlier in the day:


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  • Kate park says:

    Looks like everyone is having a fantastic time, so many memories made on trips like these. Thanks to all the staff that make them possible

  • Emma Pickering says:

    Wow, well done everyone!! Looks awesome fun & everyone really faced the challenges with style!

  • Christine (Eden's mum) says:

    Wow wow WOW!!!! What a courageous and adventurous bunch! I’m very impressed! Go Eden!! And that water looked so chilly!! Have an amazing time on days 2 & 3. XXX

  • Jen curran says:

    Looks like you are all having fun 🙂

  • Lucy Adamson says:

    You all look to be having the best time! What an experience! Keep enjoying! A massive thanks for all the teacher’s who have organised / gone on the trip xxx

  • Karen Chaudhari (Eva's Mum) says:

    What great photos and videos. Looks like everyone’s having an amazing time! Can’t wait to see what DAY 2 brings 🙂 Thanks

  • Kevin Sim says:

    First time i’ve been happy not to see Ashleigh in a picture! Hope the second day is as good.

  • Nadine Armitage says:

    Loads of smiles and bravery in these videos/photo’s.
    The abseiling and gorge walking looks awesome. Keep smiling and enjoy day 2!!

  • Louise Dean (Elsie's mum) says:

    Wow, well done everyone, looks like you are having an amazing time! Can’t wait to see how you all tackle the adventures that day two brings.

  • Nicola says:

    Eek it looks chilly, someone lend Elanor a jumper and tell her to smile 😉 seriously it looks awesome I wish I could go! Amused at the up all night tent – think they’ll last to do the same tonight? Have an awesome time!

  • Suzanne Barnett says:

    Wow looks like your all having an awesome time,well done everyone. Enjoy days 2&3.x

  • Danny McGee says:

    Looks like they’re having fun. Very surprised to find that it wasn’t Dylan’s tent that didn’t sleep.

  • Darshan says:

    I had a feeling that it would be an all girl tent that was chatting all night and Priya being one of the culprits , looks like they are having an amazing time looking forward to the stories when she gets back ??

  • Louise Anderson says:

    They look like there having a fab time

  • Keith Gillingham says:

    Well done everyone, that abseiling looks very scary! Can’t imagine much sleep was had last night! Remember a good night’s sleep is very important Evie! X

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  • Frances Campion (Georgia V Gran) says:

    Wish we could have so much fun when I went to school.