Two of our Lower Sixth students, Arina and Konstantin, joined a three-day Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award practice expedition to the wilds of rural Wiltshire, gaining experience in camping as well as improving their navigation skills.
After a 17km hike to Great Bedwyn, the students erected their tents for the night, cooked an evening meal and ate whilst huddled around the campfire, as temperatures began to fall.
After waking up to ice on the tent following a cold night, a warming bowl of porridge set the students up for another 17km hike along the Ridgeway to a village called Wilcot, navigating hills and fields and putting their navigation skills to the test.
The final day of the expedition saw the students walk another 17km to their destination, completing the last leg of their 51km hike.
With three days in the beautiful English countryside with the weather on their side, this was a perfect practice expedition that has set the students up extremely well for their qualifying expedition in June. Throughout the trip they showed great maturity and determination to succeed - two essential character traits for the Duke of Edinburgh Award!