During a Troop Forum in January, scouts from 47th Edenthorpe scout troop said that wanted more walking camps and to stay in a Youth Hostel. Last weekend this was delivered by their leaders.

Alarm clocks were set early for Saturday morning to jump on the 08:02 train from Kirk Sandal to the Peak District. Arriving 1 hour and 45minutes later, the scouts embarked on their hike, following their own route card which they made the week before. Condition were tricky, as Hurricane Doris had saturated the ground, with many of the paths being muddy and boggy. Some even had turned into streams and hiking up them was like wading a river. That added with wind, rain and occasional snow made the walking a challenging but enjoyable adventure.

The scouts were split into two groups, one more experienced who lead the hike and the other group was new to walking who learnt how to use a map and compass to navigate through the Peak District. The experienced group, despite the weather walked 25km, with the other doing 12km.

The scouts showed a lot of courage and determination to complete the hike through the conditions that faced them.

That Saturday Night the scouts stayed in Castleton YHA. They loved the facility. They visiting a pub in the village and had the worlds biggest portions of homemade traditional pub grub.

The next day, the scouts had the freedom to visit the shops in Castleton and Hope before getting the train home.

Feedback from the scouts:
walking (tick)
YHA (big tick)
traveling by train (tick)
food (big tick)
Entire weekend (massive tick)

Many thanks for Michael Fell, Claire Hayes and Amy Bavin for volunteering their time and supporting this event.

Will Johnson