The arrival of our forties has coincided with our kids getting to that age where we can go away with our friends, fling them all in a room together and they actually do sleep enough for us to have a drink and a chat upstairs together! We choose a bunkhouse at Tideswell from the map of Bunkhouses in the Peak District as it had an ideal location for climbing. We went with 5 other families for a weekend in April.
Of course its not all drinking and reminiscing, the children have to be entertained so on the Sunday (with marvelous weather- not a cloud in the sky) we headed off to Burbage Edge to find the perfect route to do some climbing with kids. With a number of climbers in our party we were well equipped with a specialist harness for children under 10 which has shoulder straps to prevent them from slipping out if they end up upside-down!
We chose a route which had easy and harder options to suit all ages and abilities, plenty of large hand and footholds up the side with a smoother slap up the front for the taller or more agile. Nine kids aged from 5 to nearly 10 had a go and made it up to the top. They even had a chance to abseil down the back of the rock for added excitement.
With Grindleford Café just a half an hour walk away some of the dads headed down the valley on foot in search of lunch whilst the rest of us packed up and drove. The perfect end to a great weekend in Derbyshire.