River Dart Expedition

This is a wonderful opportunity to explore the Dart estuary between Dittisham and Dartmouth. The trip involves travelling on the river in Canadian canoes and hiking on footpaths and woodland trails.

THE PROGRAMME

 

This is a wonderful opportunity to explore the Dart estuary between Dittisham and Dartmouth. The trip involves travelling on the river in Canadian canoes and hiking on footpaths and woodland trails.

We spend two nights camping close to the river on the stunning Raleigh Estate, with a private creek, river frontage and acres of fields and woodland (find out more about the estate at raleighestate.co.uk). This venue also provides us with a sheltered secluded campsite and the perfect location for our bushcraft, wet and dry challenges and tree top adventures.

You will stay at Balcombe camp – a unique frontier style camp constructed using the trees and materials from the surrounding area.  Balcombe is a comfortable setting with log cabins and quirky structures that give a real sense of being out in the wild.

Meet in Dittisham. Luggage is collected and driven to camp. The  children will navigate to camp. Walk though Dittisham village, then steeply up on to quiet footpaths, summiting Fire Beacon Hill, then descending back to the river and finally to camp.

Arrive at camp, briefing, prepare camp and settle in.

We have 4 cabin tents for children (Oak, Ask, Holly and Hazel).  They can sleep around 8 children each. The children use poles ropes and tarps to create a sturdy entrance porch for their tent.

The camp needs water so the group will take our Canadian canoes and paddle up Old Mill Creek to find the water barrels where they have been left on Freshwater Beach. The water is transported back to camp.

Bush craft session – wild cookery, fire making, possibly knife work and woodland craft. We will create pizzas from scratch using the method invented and developed by Young Spirit. We will also search for wild ingredients for a bush craft stew.

After dinner, play games and explore.

As darkness falls we can sit round the fire and entertain ourselves. You may wish to bring song sheets, musical instruments or a story book. Our staff do love to be entertained (we may even join in)!

Wash and bed.  We have good washing and teeth- cleaning facilities plus ample hygienic composting toilets.

After a cooked breakfast  we begin our challenge day, when we learn about ourselves, the people around us and the wider world.

Each child will have the opportunity to try: high ropes I4m tree climb, waterfall and gully scramble, wet and dry challenges, problem solving and team activities. Plus a few surprises along the way!

Instructors prepare an evening meal followed by an evening wildlife walk.

Finishing the day with drinks around the fire and more entertainment!  Wash and bed.

  • Breakfast and preparations for the journey back.
  • Review, reflection, celebration and reward
  • Home cooked popcorn, marshmallows, chocolate fondue and a chance to try the 70m zip wire!
  • Break the camp and clear the site.
  • After lunch we set out to walk a short route back to meet the transport.
  • Leave for home at around 1.30pm

River Dart Expedition

Highlights
  • Three day, two night expedition.
  • Visit The stunning Dart Estuary.
  • Stay at our unique woodland camp.
  • Frontier style living.
  • Canoeing.
  • Bushcraft.
  • Wild cookery skills.
  • Wet and dry challenges.
  • Navigation.
  • 14m tree climb.
  • 70m Zip wire.
  • Living with the basics close to nature.
Accommodation
  • Students – Cabin Tents
  • Teachers – Log Cabins

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Price

£155.00 + VAT per child

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Contact Details

Telephone:
01822 880277

Email:
martin@spirit-of-adventure.com

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Spirit of Adventure
Powdermills
Princetown
Devon 
PL20 6SP
United Kingdom

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