I’m slowly working my way back into university life as a leisurely few weeks back at home over the Christmas period, however, all I need to do really is blink and I’ll be out of uni life, on placement and finding all about outdoor centres in North Wales. Time has gone quickly already!
I have been doing a few interesting things on my uni course which I thought I would update this blog with (and avoiding doing assignment work)…
A 700 acres (2.8 km2) quarry, Dinorwic Slate Quarry is a former slate quarry located between the villages of Llanberis and Dinorwig in North Wales. It was the second largest slate quarry in Wales, indeed in the world, after the neighbouring Penrhyn Quarry.
It closed in 1969, after 170 years, due to the result of an industry decline in slate and is now used as a visitor attraction at the nearby National Slate Museum and also as an adventure rock climbing and scuba diving venue. It was a fun day out exploring and looking at the different teaching contexts that could be used here.
Ogof Hen Ffynhonnau (almost universally known as Poacher’s Cave) lies in the Alyn Gorge in Flintshire, close to Ogof Hesp Alyn.
I really enjoyed this cave (NOT the cave ladder exit, but then I hate the things). A short cave, that can flood from the river it runs over, it was good fun and very mucky in the mud. We even saw a bat down there.
The group visited Tremadog to look at setups again on the crags. When I wasn’t distracted by the views I was watching what they were doing. An interesting ‘double abseil’ was done at the end.
Llyn Padarn paddling
Another trainee and I went paddling on Llyn Padarn. I’m improving! I’ve joined a canoe club to get out more and learn more – especially feeling a lot more comfortable in a kayak. This is one of my aims this year, to improve and hopefully go for awards.
We went out as a group to walk Cwm Bychan and look at storytelling in the outdoors. A novel idea involving collecting of items along the way to create a story of the journey/experience. Alongside this, we looked at the ruins of an old mine and Gelert’s Grave in Beddgelert.
As well as visiting Terry for his birthday and finding a train service where I only have to take two trains from North Wales to Swindon rather than five previously (Sadly, the trains only run once every couple of hours but still, saved me nearly 1 and 1/2 in journey time!) I’ve had a good time.
There’s still more to come, environmental education, ICT in the outdoors, reflective practice in outdoor activities, coasteering/sea kayaking, mine exploration and the John Muir Award… alongside an assignment due in soon!
Busy, busy, blink and I’ll miss it!