Another fab and energetic day today!
The weather has been mild and the children have been absolutely amazing! They've all worked brilliantly as a
team in all of the activities that were undertaken today ie canoeing and abseiling. Both Mr McGowan's and Mrs Vickers' groups have been little superstars, some jumping off "Elephant Rock" into the lake, totally letting go of their inhibitions and having a real blast!
Another enjoyable, exhilarating and exciting last day .
We cannot believe just how quick this memorable week at Plas has flown.
Green and Red Group
Today, we explored the beach at Borth-Y-Gest. Crabs were found; rocks were climbed; a 'leap of faith', over crags, was taken; 'The Postbox' (a narrow gap between two rocks) was a squeeze-through; 'The Matrix' (a smooth slab of rock) was a slide. Lunch was taken on the beach, where we were joined by a couple of robins.
Before we left the village car park, ice-creams were bought and the various flavours relished. The afternoon was spent gorge-walking up Afon Goch (Red River) - a sensational climax to our week at Plas Gwynant.
See you tomorrow - possibly more bedraggled and tired than Monday. But certainly with more wonderful memories to keep.
Today has been a very exciting, magical and adventurous day but also a longggggggggg and tiring one. It was split into 2 halves. The morning was spent doing the "Fisherman's Walk " along the riverbank, where we stumbled upon a cave, not knowing that there was a giant spider above us. The cave was an old copper mine which was built in the 1600/1700. It was extremely dark,damp and narrow which seemed to go on forever. The afternoon was spent walking along a mountain path, eventually arriving at a small town called Beddgelert which is famous for its legend about a death of a Prince's dog. It's famous grave can be found here as well as a metal statue of the dog. The evening was spent with fireworks, bonfire and yummy hotdogs!!!!!
The morning was spent abseiling. Many were very tentative and the fear of an unfamiliar backwards-walk, down a rock, was evident. However, all of the children succeeded in descending down the rock. The next challenge was to go down 'blindfolded' (blackened out goggles). Those that were nervous from the outset were, this time, keen to show off their newly acquired skills and confidence. Some even had the bravery to lie down backwards on the rock!
The afternoon was spent on LLyn Gwynant (Gwynant Lake) and Elephant Rock. Initially, we paddled (the term is used loosely) upwind with uncoordinated efforts to steer the canoes on an 'even keel.' We then traversed the lake to Elephant Rock, where our newly found skills were used to retrieve a variety of balls, which were thrown into the lake. On Elephant Rock itself, we had the chance to jump into the lake. Many took the challenge and plunged. Only to be struck by the sheer coldness! Animated faces caused much hilarity. Finally, we made our way back to shore - this time with greater co-ordination.
And the fireworks were yet to be let loose, and cap-off another eventful day.
Oops! Technical issues with the photos. We are trying to sort them out, but are incapable and
Blue and Yellow groups
Both groups visited Borth-y-Gest beach today, where we explored, climbed, scrambled and investigated. We were fascinated with the moon-jellyfish that were swept onto the sand, as well as the tiny crabs.
Fun was had on 'The Matrix' rock (a sloping slab), as we ran and slipped our way up and down its smooth surface. Paddling in the sea and rock climbing were more enjoyable treats, as was the gelato ice-cream.
Having followed the Afon Goch (Red River) gorge upstream,we had a fantastic time sliding down the rocks and getting thoroughly wet in the mini waterfalls and pools.
Green and Red groups
Today we went on a trek to 'Mynydd Sygun' (Sygun Mountain). Having started at 'LLyn Dinas' (Dinas Lake),
we made our way to a height of 318 metres. On the way, we had a 'pit-stop' and refuelled our energy with
natural running water from a mountain stream. At the peak, we could see the village of Beddgelert.
Our descent took us past Sygun copper mine. For the 'last leg' of our journey, we walked
alongside 'LLyn Dinas' - shattered and hungry, but thrilled and exhilarated.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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