The Great Outdoors
The Craven area of the Yorkshire Dales National Park is the ideal background for outdoor development activities. Blessed with lovely valleys and bald sheep-shorn uplands, it includes the famous ‘Three Peaks’ of Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-y-ghent. This is splendid walking country where one might meet nobody all day long. You can make excursions that vary from those linking village pubs to striding out across the hills. The Three Peaks walk is but one of many. Of course, the Pennine Way and the Dales Way provide long distance walkers with a passage through the Dales. The Settle-Carlisle Railway can be used as an outward or return link to facilitate walks over the hills. There are baggage handlers who will ferry your belongings if you want to make longer excursions without encumbrance.
Wide range of possible activities
Wonderful excursions can be achieved on a mountain bike or on horseback. For the more adventurous, there is climbing at all grades including some of the hardest and most dramatic in the UK. Alternatively you can go underground to the show caves at Stump Cross, Clapham and Ingleton or the extensive pothole systems such as Gaping Gyll, Lancaster Hole and many others. A word of caution. Even these little hills can be dangerous in adverse conditions that can come about at any time of year. You are advised to be prepared and to be prudent.
Management outdoor development activities, teamwork and leadership
All in all this is a great area for leisure pursuits and therefore also for outdoor activities for team development. Any activity can be a learning medium, especially in the hands of a good facilitator. Outdoor activities can have elements of adventure and playfulness that open people to aspects of their potential. Because we need to learn from the consequences of our actions authenticity of the experience enhances our learning (playing with toys in the classroom has its limits).
Need for reviews
As we do not always or automatically learn from experience (or all adventurers would be wise!) so the experience needs to be well designed and the learning to be grasped. A major factor in this is conducting learning reviews; What happened? What really happened? How did my behaviour influence the outcome? How might I have behaved differently? What do I need to change in myself to be more effective? – and so on. Very similar experiences can focus on profoundly different learning, according to the needs of the learner and the skill of the facilitator.
Let us meet your needs
At High Trenhouse we provide the expertise and the equipment for a wide range of outdoor activities and exercises to meet your needs. These range from simple team tasks with a focus on relationships or problem solving to complex games and simulations that will test and develop the capability of management teams.
You can find further information here:
Malham Tarn Field Centre
Guide to Malham Walks
Guide to Pennine Way
Caving and climbing: Gaping Gill
Yorkshire Ramblers Club
British Mountaineering Council
Mastiles Lane Bike Route
3 Peaks Cycles – Settle Bike Shop