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Duke Of Edinburgh Expedition Season Is Upon Us Again

22 Apr

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition season is off to a successful start with Princethorpe’s Gold, Silver and Bronze Group participants completing their practice expeditions.

Always a key part of the Award, the expeditions provide an unforgettable experience that develops team and leadership skills and builds independence and confidence.

From Monday 25 to Thursday 28 March, 33 Gold students braved extremely wet conditions in the Lake District, spending three days of walking and camping. In five teams, they walked circular routes that included Borrowdale and Buttermere and finished in Keswick. Along the way, they enjoyed the stunning views of fells such as Ard Crags, Knott Rigg, Rannerdale Knotts, Haystacks and Catbells.

Then, at the end of the Easter holidays, from Friday 12 to Sunday 14 April, 37 Silver pupils travelled to the White Peak, where six teams completed two days of walking and two nights of camping. They trekked following routes through beautiful Dovedale, the Manifold Way and along the Tissington Trail to Ilam Hall near Ashbourne and they all successfully completed their practice expedition.

To cap off this mammoth DofE effort, the same weekend the first of the group of 50 Bronze Award pupils also completed their practice expeditions in the local Princethorpe countryside, undertaking two days of walking and one night of camping, walking down to Long Itchington and back. Then this last weekend, Saturday 20 to Sunday 21 April, Bronze Group B had their first taste of self-sufficient walking. Let’s hope they all enjoyed their first expeditions, carrying all their own food and tents and getting to grips with the challenge of cooking your tea on a trangia!

Will Bower, Head of Outdoor Education, said, “Pupils worked hard showing good navigation and camp-craft skills and, despite the sometimes challenging weather, we had plenty of happy, tired faces at the end.”

All the pupils now need to start planning for their qualifying expeditions that take place later in the term; Gold in Snowdonia, Silver in the Dark Peak and Bronze in the Cotswolds.