County Climbing & Abseiling Weekend

Bures Scouts travelled up to West Yorkshire in our mini bus on Friday 22nd September, leaving Bures at 5pm with 7 Scouts and Young Leader with Paul Snelling and Eddie Gordon accompanying them and we arrived at 10.30pm at Curly Hill Scout Camp & Activity Centre, Middleton near Ilkley – 230 miles from Bures for our County Scout Hill Walking & Climbing weekend and were joined by Scouts and Explorers from Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich and our accommodation was inside and we were sleeping in bunk beds.

An early rise at 7.00am for breakfast on Saturday and then off to Brimham Rocks near Summerbridge for climbing and abseiling which took us 30 minutes to get there. Brimham Rocks is owned by the National Trust and is set at an attitude of 300m on the edge of the moor and in Nidderdale Valley.

The instructors decided to take us to Cubic Rock – a huge tilled chunk of gritstone that makes a good attempt at Yorkshire’s answer to the Peak’s mighty Higgar Tor at 10m high – we all climbed the Great Slab, Old Corner, Shorty’s Dilemma and Heather Wall – after lunch we went for a hike around Brimham Rocks exploring the vast boulders (same which had names like: Dancing Bear, Smartie Tube, Rhino Head, Lover’s Leap, Rabbit and Spilt Rock) and visited the café for ice creams.

On Sunday, we drove to the Cow & Calf on Ilkley Moor overlooking the town of Ilkley and the views of the surrounding area were fantastic in the sunshine. We met the instructors who had set up the climbs and abseiling runs inside the old quarry – some were 15 metres high climbs and this gave the Scouts a good challenge using the skills learnt the day before and we also walked and explored the moor and we finished at 2pm and finally arrived home at 8pm.

I would like to thank the County Team for a fabulous weekend in West Yorkshire and we look forward to another weekend in the near future.

Paul Snelling

Bures Scouts, District Scout Leader