Seventeen Upper Fifth students set off on their Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award practice expedition last weekend, and quite a variety of different conditions awaited them. Exmoor is a beautiful part of the United Kingdom – high moor land, rolling hills, hidden valleys and a stunning coastline. In the course of their three days walking, the students enjoyed every one of these. The British weather in October can be quite variable so along with the scenery we “enjoyed” persistent rain, low cloud and one very cold night. We even woke up on Sunday morning to find a little ice on the outside of the tents! But when the sun got up and the autumnal warmth did its work the views along the Devon coast were stunning and the last day was memorable.
As someone who has been leading Duke of Edinburgh expeditions for many years, I was very, very impressed with how the groups worked together – excellent navigation, working as a team and enjoying being out in the hills. It was a pleasure to be on the trip and we are all looking forward to the final expedition next year.
DofE Silver Leader