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Caving regulary takes place at Alderley Edge and Ingleton.
Further information on the Alderley Edge site can be found at Alderley Edge Mines


 Caving Report-Saturday 9th April 2016

On Saturday 9th April 2016, four enthusiastic Scouts couldn’t contain their excitement and were brimming with eagernessto arrive at the cave in Ingleton and begin their thrilling caving expedition. After an approximately 2 hour journey, the scouts arrived at the much-loved caving café, Bernie’s. Coincidentally, it was the café’s first day of reopening under new management and a little renovation. From an indulgent full-English breakfast, to an exquisite bacon bap, the scouts devoured their fuel and grazed on the café’s first flapjack purchased and considerately shared by Skip. The scouts then commuted in a north-easterly direction on a 10 minute journey to the destination in which the designated cave was situated. The picturesque, mountainous landscape was speckled occasionally with thriving trees and the breath-taking, photographic mountains themselves were teeming with sheep and admirable Easter-born lambs. The scouts proceeded to next change into snug thermal onesies and unmissable yellow boiler-suits as a protective outer shell against the harsh elements. Skip was fashioning a comical multi-coloured frog onesie which everyone certainly chuckled at. Hearts pounding with excitement and bodies rushing with adrenaline, the scouts advanced towards a perplexing entrance, concealed by a lid with an uncanny similarity to a dustbin lid. The scouts then discovered the entrance was Valley Entrance of Kingsdale Master Caving System. The scouts entered in an order decided by Alan. We scrambled down the 1 meter cylinder-shaped tunnel, which was horizontal to the surface and just was just the correct size required. We then wriggled down, keeping an approximately 1 meter gap between one another, to carefully avoid a boot to the face. We caught a glimpse of jaw-dropping cave formations formed over hundreds, or even thousands, of years. Some of the fascinating formations included straws, (which formed from the roof of the cave in a vertical direction, were hollow in appearance, and each centimetre was formed over a century) scallops (which are caused by the current in water above in the segmented rock, and allows geologists to indicate the speed and depth of the water, possibly to notify cavers of height of flood water)curtains, (which also, similar to straws, formed from the roof of the cave, often in a vertical direction, but have fused together to create an appearance similar to a curtain.) stalagtites, (which form downwards from the ceiling), stalagmites (which are the opposite to stalagtites, and form upwards) flowstone, (a type of rock common in caves) and finally columns (where a stalagtite and stalagmite have joined and fused together, creating a formation similar to a column most likely situated in a roman-era construction. )We had to be careful not to touch this rock especially, as it would have took millions of years to form; and touching it would not only leave marks and therefore be vandalism, but acids within the fingers would erode the irreplaceable rock. We waded through an icy blast of water, which came up to about thigh length on most of the scouts. The water took our breath away as it seeped into our wellies and froze our helpless toes.  As we staggered out onto a dry clearing in the cave, we were about to empty the perishing water out of our wellies and relieve our unfortunate toes, but skip instructed us not to, as when we approached more water, our numbing feet would just get colder, but if we kept it in, our own body heat would eventually warm the water up. After enduring some more water, and treading carefully to avoid rocks hidden underwater, we were finally able to sit down and munch on our preferred bar of chocolate. We conducted an experiment to see how dark it really was. We turned off our lights on our helmets and put our hands in front of our own faces, and, surprisingly, we couldn’t see them, or anything for that matter. We approached towards the challenging milky-way. It was about a meter high and was a quarter full with penetrating water. We scuttled down the 3 passageways with breaks in between. The milky-way was both physically and mentally challenging, but the scouts reassured each other and assisted those who were struggling. On the way out of the milky-way, Skip educated us on adhering  to Baden Powell’s Country Code, “leave nothing behind but footsteps” implying not to leave any evidence that you were here. The time had gone as fast as a lightning shaft striking earth, when we were out of the cave we treated our numbed-with-cold bodies to a soothing, warm hot chocolate, that quenched our parched throats. Overall, every scout and leader gave the experience a definite 10/10 and would without a doubt do it again. We devoured our lunches and then returned back to Bernie’s, to have a speedy drink and chat before we drove back to the Scout Centre and arrived at approximately 5:45.

By 12th Warrington East Scout 10/4/16

I really enjoyed my caving experience at Ingleton and I would recommend it to everyone.

Alderley Edge Mines

Wood Mine Pictures


Gliding trips are run from Seighford Air Field, Staffordshire.
Further information can be found at Staffordshire Gliding Club




A number of practice hikes, including members from other groups have taken place for the Cheshire Hike.
This year's Cheshire Hike has been cancelled due to water logged ground, full details on the link below.
The Cheshire Hike info can be found from the link Cheshire Hike 2013

Hawkstone Park Follies

The Annual visit to Hawkstone Park Follies, An 18th Century victorian theme park. Magical walks through majestic woodlands
Cliff edges, tunnels, bridges, ravines and caves. Views over Shropshire, Cheshire Plains and distant Welsh mountains.
Further information can be found at


Colditz 2013

  This popular event started in 1989 has just been held for the 23rd time at
 Middlewood Scout Campsite. With the exception of the year 2011( it’s
 cancellation being due to the extreme weather conditions) the event.
 It is a must for those Scouts who seek that little bit of excitement and adventure.   This activity usually falls on the first weekend of December but due hut  unavailability has just been held one week earlier than usual.

 Colditz is a challenge competition that starts early on the Saturday and finishes   24 hours later on the Sunday. Points mean everything at Colditz from the moment that you arrive, to the final inspection and presentation of the trophy. The teams   lining up for the opening inspection  receive their instructions before getting changed and being sent out to locate a suitable site for building your bivouac.
Leaders aren’t to help with the construction but can offer advice. Bivouac’s
must pass a safety inspection when they are awarded points. Poorly built
bivouacs can result in Scouts not being allowed to sleep out later.
Plastic is allowed but only when the weather conditions are extreme
or there has been a scarcity of suitable building equipment.
To note the coldest conditions in the History of Colditz have been -8C. Below zero means that Scouts can also earn the coveted “Penguin Badge”

This Years teams entering were from the following troops 20th 18th, 16th, 26th, 27th and 12th.

The bivouacs were of an exceptionally high standard. Impressive considering that they only have five hours to build them as they must be completed before the sun goes down.

Clean hands, a warm and fulfilling meal cooked by the on-site chefs sees as many as sixty people sharing the evening meal. Full compliments to the chefs for achieving such a wonderful meal of beef, gravy, carrots and a baked potato followed by
Sponge and custard.

 Following tea the Scouts take part in “What do you know about Colditz” quiz and prepare their German passports, which are essential for showing when the teams visit the bases during the later part of the night. A film is shown and a base location exercise arranged prior to the Scouts donning their warm clothing and leaving in their teams to attend their first challenge base. This year there
were seven bases which included Blindfold spider’s web, toxic challenge, night-time rifle shooting, candlelight, Rabbit run, map reading and an exploding balloon exercise. Teams are marked on teamwork, Leadership and task completion.

On completion of all the bases tired feet and faces at 2am have their hot supper before being escorted to their bivouacs for hopefully a few hours of undisturbed sleep. In the morning Scouts and Leaders again assemble for a hearty breakfast
before having to dismantle their bivouacs and get changed into their uniforms for a final inspection.

Points tallied the winner is announced and the prestigious Colditz Trophy is again displayed with pride by this years winners the 27th.

Well done and thanks to all those that helped and took part.

Time on the Water

A fun filled day at Green Withens Water Activity Centre.

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