Dewerstone Adventure Race

This is something, different from our other programmes and involves navigation, physical and mental challenge, problem solving and teamwork.



This is something, different from our other programmes. There is still an intense mix of activity and challenge and the opportunity to learn new skills. This is given greater energy by the excitement of an adventure race.

Adventure racing is becoming increasingly popular in both wild and urban environments. These events involve navigation, physical and mental challenge, problem solving and teamwork. Races are normally against the clock, providing competitive experience outside of the traditional sports setting.

We have included adventure racing into our selection of residentials, as it offers a different dimension to our other programmes. Yet as always it also provides excellent opportunities for learning.

The Programme runs from our wonderful Dewerstone Cottage venue and is fully catered.

  • Pioneering and construction skills session.
  • Navigation and orienteering skills session.
  • Outdoor cookery session.
  • Climbing and abseiling skills session.
  • River and waterfall scramble session.
  • Dewar’s  Challenge, adventure race.
  • Review and reflection.

10.30 am: Meet Shaugh Prior.  Short walk to through the woods Dewerstone Cottage all luggage will be taken via the road to the bunkhouse.

10.40 am: Briefing and settle in

12.00 pm: Lunch. Groups may be divided up to do activities depending on numbers.

12.30 pm: Orienteering session, find your way in the wild. Maps and the land around you, measuring distance with time and paces, compass work.

2.45 pm: Short break

3.00 pm: Pioneering session, build towers, bridges, catapults waterwheels and more!  Building complex structures with simple materials. Ropes poles and barrels, Lashing and knots, stable structures and design.

5.00 pm: Break

5.30 pm: Tea time, an evening meal will be prepared for the staff and children

7.00 pm: Change into swimming clothes and walk to Shaugh Bridge. A wet and wild scramble up small waterfalls, through rapids and pools, back to the cottage. Quick change and warm up (either by the fire or in the sun!)

8.00 pm: Free time

9.30 pm: Bed time drink and biscuit.

10.00 pm: Bed

07.30 am: Breakfast

09.00 am: Prepare packed lunches

10.00 am: Rock skills, a full day of rock base activities.  Simple scrambles over low boulders, learning how put a harness and helmet, tie in with a climbing knot, climb larger cliffs protected by a rope, abseil down sheer rock walls and also learn how setup simple anchors for the ropes.

4.30 pm: Break

5.00 pm: Outdoor cookery use our field kitchen or open fires to create a delicious evening meal. Follow simple recipes, use novel ways to prepare and cook outside.

7.00 pm: Free time and entertainment.

9.30 pm: Bed time drink and biscuit.

10.00 pm: Bed.

07.30 am: Breakfast

09.00 am: Briefing for the Dewer’s Challenge adventure race.

10.00 am: The children will in supervised groups of 8, to undertake the challenge course.

This will involve teams using the skills developed over past 2 days to:

Navigate, abseil, built a structure, solve problems, overcome obstacles but wet, dry and muddy in the fastest possible time. Although closely supervised teams will make decisions, prepare and use equipment to overcome challenges and obstacles only with support on safety issues.

The fastest team will win a prize and also be in line for the overall prize for the summer season.

Dewerstone Adventure Race

  • Three day, two night, fully catered expedition
  • Orienteering
  • Pioneering
  • River Scramble
  • Climbing and abseiling
  • Outdoor cookery
  • Problem solving and team work
  • Adventure race time trial competition in teams with wet and dry challenges, problem solving, tunnels, mud and much more.
  • Students & Teachers – Staying at our Dewerstone Cottage or Powdermills Bunk house.

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£155.00 + VAT per child

Dewerstone Adventure Race Gallery

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01822 880277



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PL20 6SP
United Kingdom

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