Twelve of the students and staff who will be going on the School expedition to Tanzania in June completed the demanding 16-mile Seven Hills route which visits the hills which can be seen from school.
The party set off in sunshine and climbed through Shipham onto the first hill, Blackdown. Then as the wind picked up it was down onto Dolebury Warren, over the A38 and up onto Sanford Hill where the first of the rain started to fall. Onward, across the fields to Banwell Hill for lunch then over the levels for a steep climb onto Crook Peak by which time there were heavy showers and more wind. Underfoot mud made any climbs slippery. Tired now but with the end in sight Wavering Down was next before another crossing of the A38 and the slog up onto Callow Hill and a penguin to celebrate completion.
Most students say the walk is harder than the trek in Tanzania and so it is good preparation and helps build the group into a team. There is also an opportunity to raise sponsorship towards the community projects.
Well done to everyone who completed the walk and kept alive a Sidcot tradition which goes back at least 50 years.