After a long year of training, and a grueling expedition in the South Downs at Easter, 82 Year 10 students headed up to the Peak District for the Qualifying Expedition of their Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Having spent Tuesday at Gradbach Scout Camp planning routes and completing team-building exercises, students spent the next three days hiking. The navigation skills of each group was immediately tested, but incredible progress was shown in this area.
Highlights included breaking for lunch at the waterfalls at Three Shire Heads – where Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Cheshire meet, and camping outside Brandside Village Hall – an isolated building 450 metres above sea level that unbelievably was once a school. The final day brought stunning views from The Roaches ridge before descending to Tittersworth Reservoir.
Each walking group were challenged over the course of the expedition, but all demonstrated the tenacity, teamwork and self-sufficiency that the award aims to foster in young people. A couple of students even mentioned that they had enjoyed being without their mobile phones for four days!