It was probably a bad idea to start a paper round the day after our D of E – the day after we had walked 12Km with 10kg rucksacks on for the past 2 days with very little sleep in between.

We arrived at school on Thursday morning in the pouring rain before travelling to the Yorkshire Dales and finally arriving in Hellifield, still in the pouring rain where both teams set off excitedly on their final expedition. The Wontons began up a track where we meticulously followed every piece of advice we had been given, imagining our assessor crawling through the undergrowth or dressing up as a horse to try and catch us doing something wrong. Eventually we relaxed and began filming anything of interest which was almost everything especially cows and sheep.

Soon the weather began to frustrate us, as it was too hot to wear our waterproofs but kept raining, so we had to keep putting them on then taking them off again after ten minutes. Despite this we continued quickly and met the other team at various checkpoints. When we reached Malham we found a blacksmiths, and Garfieh (who spent his skills section doing blacksmithery) couldn’t resist showing off his homemade knife and getting some useful tips – which gave the rest of us a chance to take in some of the spectacular views.

After reaching the campsite, setting up camp and cooking tea we finally got a chance to have a look around Malcolm’s place – and Mr Cudworth’s warning was not wrong! Malcolm is a hoarder of the highest level and hoards everything – from unused food to old socks. Oh, and he knows if you have moved or touched anything – some Woodhey students stolen his newspapers, I wouldn’t have liked to be in their shoes!

On Friday morning, whilst packing up, we met our assessor and luckily for us she didn’t try to find something that could fail us and was actually very nice. Straight away we set off up a steep hill – the first of many that day, and by the third one we were so tired that we resorted to a strange sort of scrum to get to the top. Here we reached moorland which was very eventful… first of all we attempted to rescue a baby bird which we thought was struggling to fly before reading a sign saying they were ground nesting. Then we, or should I say I, managed to fall in every stream we crossed, and then we decided a 5km detour was a good idea, in other words we got very lost.

Eventually we got back to the minibus only an hour late and found the others waiting for us, surprisingly not very annoyed! However, we got on the bus quickly so as not to waste any more time.

I really enjoyed the whole experience (and am sure everyone else did) and hopefully we all passed and can do Silver. But, oh boy, that paper round was tough!

Jo Woodman – Year 10