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Coronavirus Update

Posted on: February 25th, 2021 by Lost Earth Adventures

Book Your Trip With Total Flexibility During Covid-19

Covid header picture with mountains
Covid-19: An update from Lost Earth Adventures HQ – 26th February 2021

We’re Taking Bookings!

Yabba dabba doo! We’re taking bookings for spring 2021! Following the government’s recent road map for re-opening, we’ll be taking bookings for all of our activities. The timeline is:

29th March –> bookings for groups of up to 6 people or two households
12th April –> same as above, but now there’s the option for self-contained holiday lets and holiday homes, so this may make it easier for you to visit us!
17th May –> groups of up to 30 people
21st June –> groups of all shapes and sizes

Flexible Date and Trip Changes

We want to make sure that when you book with us, that your money is safe and you can change the date of your adventure if needed. The rivers, mountains, lakes and caves are not going anywhere, and neither are we, so when you book, you can rest assured that we’ll take you on an adventure no matter what.

Free Date Changes

If you want to move your adventure to a different date, we can do this without any cost, even if you want to come in 2023, we’ll hold your deposit for as long as you need. If you don’t know the exact date you want to move your trip to, due to the current situation, then that’s no worries at all. We can keep your trip on ice and you can confirm the date at a later time.

If you have any worries or concerns, then don’t hesitate to get in touch and we’ll do whatever we can to help and hopefully take away some of that stress and uncertainty, Just email us at info@lostearthadventures.co.uk or call our team on 01904 500094.

What Safety Measures Have we Put in Place?

We have followed all government advice and have been certified by the government as COVID-19 Secure, so you can be sure that the event you will receive is properly managed and you’ll feel safe. We are also using enough staff to ensure that events are just as much fun as they were pre-Covid. We’re cleaning more than ever, quarantining used PPE that we can’t clean and keeping our distance. If your organisation needs full details of the safety measures that are in place, we are happy to send these to you.

Is My Money Safe?

Your money is safe as per our Covid Cancellation Policy below.

What Are the Chances of My Booking Taking Place?

Pretty good from now on, but you’ll receive a refund if we are not allowed to operate or you can change the date to anytime in the future.

Did We Run Trips Throughout 2020?

From January to mid-March and mid-June right through to November, we were fully operational in 2020.

Covid-Secure-Certification

We're Good to Go Logo, registered by Visit England as a COVID-19 safe company
We’re Good to Go!
A lot of work has gone on behind the scenes to provide you with the best possible outdoor adventures. Whether on the hill, at the crag, down a cave or in the river, we’ve ensured we meet the industry recognised standard for being Corona Virus safe and we are certified by the government’s Health and Safety Executive as being COVID-19 Secure. Let’s go!

Can I book an outdoor experience with Lost Earth Adventures?

Yes, absolutely! Rock climbing, stand-up paddle boarding, mountain biking, canyoning, caving, gorge scrambling, hiking and canoeing are all back on the table.

Covid Cancellation Policy

If you book, and then we have to cancel your event due to either the British, Scottish or Welsh government not allowing us to operate due to Covid-19, (the government deemed applicable is dependent on the location of your event) we will provide a 100% refund or you can choose to postpone your event free of charge.

Visit our Terms and Conditions page for full details.

Gift Vouchers

For anyone that purchases a gift voucher with us from the 14th July 2020 onwards, your voucher will be valid for 2-years. Gift vouchers can be purchased on our gift vouchers page or by ringing our office on 01904 500094.

Thank You

From all of us at Lost Earth Adventures HQ, we absolutely cannot wait to welcome you back to the mountains, rivers and valleys!

Sincerely,

Sarah & Richard Goodey
Founders, Lost Earth Adventures

If you have any questions regarding an upcoming trip or activity with us, please contact us on 01904 500 094 or email us at info@lostearthadventures.co.uk.

Family Holiday Ideas in the Peak District

Posted on: February 23rd, 2021 by Lost Earth Adventures

Why the Peak District is the perfect post-lockdown getaway for the whole family

Stand up paddle boarding family adventure in the Peak District

We’ve been looking for the best family staycations to help you to plan for local breaks once restrictions begin to ease. The Peak District is one of our top choices, with activities, accommodation and attractions for all budgets to keep the whole family entertained.

Adventure Trips with Lost Earth Adventures

After a winter of staying indoors, we are ready for a spring and summer of adventure! Lost Earth Adventures is a Covid-19 Secure provider, and remained operational through most of 2020.

We have open group trips if you’d like to team up with other adventurers, and private trips for those who would prefer to keep to their family circle. Either way, our expert team of instructors will make sure your trip is tailored to the whole group so everyone has an incredible day out.
 

Top recommendations for Family Adventures

Family paddling across a lake in Derbyshire

Stand up paddle boarding

SUPing is one of the world’s most popular water sports right now, and one we have fully got on board with. Combs Reservoir (only 15 minutes from Buxton) is a beautiful, safe spot to either learn or master the sport, whatever the weather.

Teenager rock climbing in Peak District

Rock climbing

Whether you’re 7 or 70, rock climbing is great for developing perseverance, coordination and confidence. From first-time climbers to those wanting advanced coaching, our instructors can set up routes to make sure that everyone in your group conquers the crag.

Family exploring caves in the Peak District

Caving

Discover the magic of what lies beneath! Apart from being amazing fun and a brilliant challenge, caving also brings to life home learning lessons about erosion, geology and geography.

Teenager gorge walking in Peak District

MAD Days Out

Cave, climb, abseil & gorge walk. Trying to please your teens, tweens and smaller children all in one day can be tough. Our MAD (Multi-Activity) Days Out in the Peak District make this easy by combining four of our top Peak District activities to make sure everyone is happy.

Culture, Heritage and Relaxation

Even the hardiest adventurers need a day off. The Peak District has plenty to offer, even for rainy days. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite family days out.

Chatsworth House in Peak District

Chatsworth House

Impressive grounds, giant sculptures, an extensive art collection, farmyard animals, one of the country’s top farm shops, restaurants, hotels… Chatsworth House really does have something for everyone. Even with the current covid restrictions, the gardens, farm shop and takeaways are still open for those local to the area; a great option for getting some fresh air.

Bolsover Castle

Bolsover Castle

Imagine the lavish banquets held for aristocrats and royalty during the Stuart period of history with the help of an interactive tour before enjoying tea and scones in the café. Every weekend from April to September has Cavalier Horsemanship events, and there are usually special activities and events in the school holidays.

Cable car going up to heights of Abraham

Heights of Abraham

A real gem of the Peak District! Ride the cable car to the summit to enjoy panoramic views of the Peak before taking a guided tour of the huge caverns (included in the ticket price). The dining options cater for different tastes and budgets, all with expansive views of the surrounding countryside.

Bakewell tart on a plate

Bakewell Puddings

Bakewell is a famously picturesque town, and no trip is complete without a visit to the Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop. Aside from its world-famous pudding, it has amazing afternoon tea and artisan bread; perfect for breakfast butties if you’re staying in self-catered accommodation.

Bottles of Peak Ales beer

Peak Ales

For those fans of a little tipple, the Peak Ales (also home to Chatsworth Gin) has a visitor centre worth a stop-off.

Caving for Beginners

Posted on: March 10th, 2020 by Lost Earth Adventures

Descending into darkness, caving in Yorkshire

Group take part in caving for beginners courseIt’s only natural for us to have very rigid ideas about something we’re afraid of. These ideas are seldom generated from real-life experience, instead formed by horror stories and word of mouth. As with anything, if you dare take the plunge, the reality is much more rewarding.

We sat down with relative Lost Earth Adventures newbie, Glenn, who took us through his recent caving experience. We discuss caving for beginners, Goyden Pot, and the descent into darkness.

Caving for beginners: A first-hand account

How did you find your first caving experience?
It was a definite eye-opener. You have this idea in your head that caving will be all about squeezing through tight crevices and feeling claustrophobic and trapped, but it’s not the case.

Let’s rewind. How did you enter the cave?

Group of beginner cavers pose in Yorkshire cave
Our group headed down a field towards a clear stream. You see the cave opening for the first time. It looks quite small and it’s a daunting prospect, knowing you’ll be going in, but the excitement to explore surpasses all other emotions at this point.

The water is crystal clear, too. We clamber over huge boulders as darkness shrouds us. The first thing I notice is how clean everything looks.

I had visions of overgrown moss everywhere and slippery rocks and watery mud baths. But down here, no moss grows. Craig, our guide, eagerly explains the cave’s geological past with such enthusiasm, but it never feels forced or uninteresting. There’s a great balance to it all.

Team of beginner cavers explore cavesDid caving feel dangerous to you?
Surprisingly, no. Our group were all kitted out properly and we all felt comfortable following Craig. You could see Craig mentally scouting ahead to check for possible obstructions. I think it’s called a dynamic risk assessment, so we always felt safe even as caving beginners.

After a moment or two, our group were all working together to help each other down higher descents, showing each other where to place our feet. I think the exhilaration of exploring something so secret is what motivated us all the most.

How do you mean, secret?

Man exploring tight tubes in caves
When you descend into a cave, there’s this overwhelming feeling of exploring something most people never have or will. It’s like an alien planet down there. Maybe it’s the enclosed feeling or the darkness.

It feels like the last true wilderness. You don’t have your phone or any other distractions. It’s you and your friends, working together in this place. It felt quite liberating.

You went caving after some bad weather, right?
That’s right. Craig told us that parts of the cave may be unpassable and we’d use another cave if so. At one point, he stopped the group at a crossroads with two possible paths. ‘Which way do you think we go from here?’ Craig asked us. We guessed which way, but we were all wrong. It wasn’t left or right but straight down! He was perched over a tight crevice in the ground with a tree branch wedged within. None of us could believe it!

Incredible! And did you go down it?
Because of weather the previous few days, we took a route that was safe from flooding. That’s what surprised me, I guess. How many possible routes you could take. Craig asked us beforehand if we were all comfortable with tight spaces, water and getting on our hands and knees. Where we went in the cave depended on what we were comfortable with, which is perfect.

Anyway, the passage we took narrowed and we had to crouch, climb down huge boulders before the passageway opened up to a gigantic chamber. For me, this was unbelievable and so unexpected.

A big chamber in the cave?

Caving beginners in large cave in Yorkshire
Yes! We heard water flowing and the echoes of our voices definitely made everything more atmospheric. We gathered around Craig on a boulder and listened intently as he explained how such a chamber was formed. You could barely see the roof of the cave, it was that big.

It was hard for me to get a shot of the chamber without it simply looking like blackness, but our group were genuinely staggered. You don’t expect to see that in a cave.

Group attempt vertical caving for beginnersAnd you tried your hand at vertical caving?
Yes! The instructors set up the abseil, we harnessed up and took turns to shimmy across a high rock ledge, then we abseiled down into the chamber. Descending like that with only the light from a few head torches was simply sublime, it’s hard to put into words.

And again, I was so surprised by how accessible vertical caving was, even as beginners.

Would you go caving again?
Absolutely. Without question! If you haven’t tried caving before, you must. I’ve already got another caving trip planned in the months ahead.

Do you have any advice for beginner cavers?
For people like me who didn’t really know what it caving was like, I’d say: don’t be tricked into thinking it’s all about tight spaces, water and battling claustrophobia. Those extreme caves are there if you want them but it’s your day, so you tell the instructor what you want to experience and they’ll deliver. It’s magical!

Caving with Lost Earth Adventures

Man caving tight crevices on extreme caving trip
As Glenn mentioned, caving with Lost Earth Adventures is ultimately about you.

You decide whether you want to cave for half a day or a full day, or whether you want caving for beginners or an extreme caving experience.

You decide whether to add ropes, ladders and harnesses into the mix in vertical caving. The choice is yours.

How Much Does Caving Cost?

Our caving sessions start from £49 per person in our Open Group sessions. Private sessions and Vertical Caving depend on group sizes. All prices include equipment and excellent client to staff ratios.

Where to Go Caving

The UK is one to some truly epic caves. Our two primary locations are the Peak District and the Yorkshire Dales, arguably the best places to go caving in the UK. Our locations are suited for caving beginners to very experienced cavers. You can browse all caving locations on our website, see our caving and potholing courses, or contact us if you have more questions.

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