Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh candidates had a weekend of intense training ready for their training expeditions at the Yorkshire Dales.

On Saturday morning our year 10 Bronze Award trainees set off from Tottington High School in the morning split into two groups, one group headed towards Holcombe Hill along with Miss Harvey and Miss Duke and the other group in the direction of Affetside with Mr Cudworth, the 11 kilometre route crossed over halfway and the groups enjoyed dinner together, with the weather on our side we continued back towards school throughout the afternoon arriving back shortly after 2.30pm.

Compass navigation, map reading, measuring distance were amongst topics covered on the day and everyone enjoyed themselves taking away many new skills in preparation for their next challenge, two days with overnight camping. Well done to everyone involved.

On Sunday morning our year 11 Silver candidates arrived early at school and we set off to climb Pendle Hill at a height of 557m, all our students had to carry rucksacks with appropriate weight to replicate expectations on expeditions that are planned shorty over three days with overnight camping.

We arrived at Barley in Pendle early morning and split into two groups, both groups set off to navigate approximately 10 kilometres to climb the mighty Pendle Hill and along the way practiced many skills that they had mastered last year throughout their Bronze Award along with leaders Mr J Cudworth and Mr M Wilson.

Everyone managed to summit the hill and enjoyed lunch in perfect weather conditions for the time of year, perfect visibility allowed our students to look over towards Holcombe Hill and the Yorkshire 3 Peaks in the distance.

After dinner everyone descended back towards Barley and some of us enjoyed ice cream before heading back to school after a challenging day.

Well done to everyone involved and thank you to all staff who volunteer and give up their weekends, Duke of Edinburgh would not run without your kindness.

Mr J Cudworth (Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator)