Read about the exciting things your school group can do around the Yorkshire Dales. Our Bunkhouse is located just a few miles from Ribblehead in the middle of the Yorkshire Three Peaks, an area brimming with activities and learning opportunities.
A favourite of past teachers and pupils alike has been the awe inspiring caves under Ingleborough. Accessible through a walk on the Ingleborough Estate Nature Trail which itself holds a whole host of teaching possibilities. The 1.3 mile trail is alive and teeming with wildlife, the familiar ‘Kee-yah’ of a buzzard might lead the class to use their senses to pick out other birds. Maybe you could be lucky enough to spot a Cormorant drying their wings after a successful hunt.
Moving from fauna to flora there is the incredible story of Reginald Farrer a plant collector who introduced much of the plant life still here today, particularly interested in exotic plants that could be grown in the naturalistic style. Opening up talking points about plant viability in different habitats and how different plant life affects the ecosystem as a whole. In Autumn the woodland turns a stunning shade of copper with beech nuts lining the ground. This can be used as another learning point regarding which animals are sustained by these trees and in what ways. Of course you’ll also have to make a stop to the money tree on the way…
Further down the trail is the old Grotto. A beautiful stone structure constructed in the early 19th century with gorgeous views of the Thwaite Scars. Marking the last stretch of the trail before the caves that run under Ingleborough mountain. 450 million years of geology and history await. Far from average, this cave is a site of special scientific interest. Trained guides cover subjects from primary to university level, with a focus on geography, geology and biology. Exploring the passages you can find some truly stunning natural rock formations. Including a cavernous pothole known Gaping Gill which extends down over 80 meters deep.
Outside of the cave just a short walk away are the Thwaite Scars, showing some fine examples of limestone pavements. With some lovely cairns to admire as well. The scenery up the hill is inspiring by itself. But it is well worth looking into the science behind the interesting stone formations. The star of the show however is the Norber Erratics. These huge boulders have been moved by glacial activity some time in the ice age.
Our bunkhouse is fittingly based in a former school house. It sleeps up to 30 people spread across 6 rooms. The lounge is spacious, ideal for group meetings. There is a drying room for the more adventurous school groups. Four hot showers are appreciated after a day down the caves. The kitchen is large and stocked with utensils to suit any school group with a big dining area breakfast and meals won’t be an issue. And of course our beds are comfy…
We’re often fully booked due to the popular Three Peaks challenge. But we still love to see school groups making the most of the wonderful Yorkshire Dales. As you can see there’s still lots to do even in the off peak seasons. We can’t wait to see you.