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The Forest Hazard Course

For older youngsters (twelve to sixteen year olds) this course provides more challenge. It is a never tiring series of crossing the beck, including by air! Indeed it is not uncommon for Army Recruiters to use the course for young people thinking of ‘joining up’ – a mini assault course awaits them here. The possibility of the odd slip into the beck adds to the frisson of the challenge.

The Steeplechase

The course may be walked, jogged or run depending on ability: it is quite frequently timed. Solid barriers may be ‘rolled under’ when you are rather short or ‘hurdled’ when you are taller. One or two ‘jumps’ over drainage ditches are included as are some ‘bridges’ where balance is important. Adult participation is encouraged.

Squirrel Island

The island, set in Skill Beck, is a haven for younger children to play house or swing endlessly on the tyre or toddler swing. Adults can help and supervise paddling or relax while long imaginary journeys are “undertaken” on the horse and cart.

The Forest Castle

Set in open woodland and with two routes to choose from youngsters can race each other to see who can ‘take’ the castle first – a site of many a pine cone battle between Cumbrians and Romans! Adults may follow at a more leisurely pace or join in.