AN Eco Explorer day camp, organised by Churches Together in Settle & District for families, took place at Lower Winskill Farm on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 16 and 17. A tent, gazebo and camping trailer with awning were erected on Monday morning hoping that the thunderstorm forecast would change.

Farmer Tom Lord advised against coming if there were storms, as the farm is above the Langcliffe quarry at a height of 1,000ft. In fact, it was a lovely sunny day. Eight families and enjoyed family games, art work, geology, exploring bird flight, and a nature walk on Tuesday. Snack and lunch items were served outside in the sunshine.

Wednesday early morning was extremely windy, so the leaders went to the farm at 6.30am to sort out the tent and gazebo, which had collapsed. The trailer tent and awning were thankfully not affected, so the activity materials were moved over there from the tent, in case the strong wind persisted. In fact, it abated and the day became warmer and bright for guests.

Twelve families with 16 adults and 28 children enjoyed the busy atmosphere for the activities, with stream dipping in the afternoon attracting most of them, despite the walk to Catrigg Beck. The team of three catered for everyone very well, with all the food consumed.

Thanks have been expressed to Tom Lord, Settle Rotary for a donation, Drake & Macefield for their ham, Singing Kettle for two trays of chocolate crispies, and Booths for a food donation.

It was a successful event, despite the weather problems, which didn't actually impinge on the families, just on the organisers.