Expedition: Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award Training Expedition
Dates: 12th-14th October 2018
Location: Peak District National Park
I would like to congratulate our year 11 students on a very challenging Silver training expedition, they battled against high wind, rain, cold temperatures and extreme windchill but still managed to keep positive!

Each and everyone of our students realised the importance of teamwork and challenging weather conditions, I am sure they will never forget their expedition in the Peak District!

Mr J Cudworth (DofE Co-ordinator)

Peak District – Silver DofE Training Expedition by Abbey Fogartaig – 11J

We arrived in the Peak District on Friday morning at approximately 10 am and the weather was cold, wet and windy. We all prepared to walk to our first checkpoint, each group planned to climb Mam Tor but due to the harsh wind/weather conditions Mr Cudworth decided that we had to change route, detour and find another way to get back on our original route.

Unfortunately, the weather didn’t clear and when we finally stopped for lunch, we had to eat our lunch in the pouring rain. However, we didn’t let the weather bring us down and we sang and laughed for the whole day!

Eventually each group made it to the campsite. We were lucky enough to have the rain clear, making it easier for us to pitch up our tents and cook tea. Once we had settled for the evening we played cards and later I played a few songs on guitar – everybody sang along together.
Later, some of us had a game of hide and seek but as it became dark we climbed into our tents, making sure to get plenty of sleep ready for day two.

We woke up the next morning to fine rain in the air. We all had breakfast and packed up our belongings ready to carry on our journey through the Peak District.

The weather started off miserable in the morning but as the day continued, the skies cleared and we were blessed with a little bit of sunshine!
The second day was very tiring, we couldn’t wait to get to the campsite to finally sit down and rest. When we arrived at the campsite we pitched our tents once again for the second and final night and cooked our meals. Sadly the second campsite didn’t allow music, so we spent the night chatting instead, and eventually returned to our tents to sleep ready for day three.

The weather on the final day was the worst out of the three days. We woke up to pouring rain and this made it even more difficult to get packed up ready for the day ahead. Although the weather was awful, the route we walked made up for it.

We walked across Stanage Edge which gave us the most incredible view of the rest of the Peak District.

We were able to eat our lunch at Robin Hood’s Cave and explore this amazing location, taking many photographs of the cave and surrounding area.
Once everyone had finished eating we carried on walking in the pouring rain, more eager to finally get back to the bus and rest after a long expedition over three days.

Eventually when our teachers arrived at the finishing location to collect us, we were relieved and excited to go home, but we were very grateful for the views we had encountered and the opportunity we were given. We can’t wait to do our final expedition!

Abbey Fogartaig – 11J (October 2018)

Many thanks to everyone involved. The Duke of Edinburgh award would not be possible without the kind volunteers who give up their time and weekends to give our students the opportunity to take part and accomplish such an amazing achievement.

Martyn Wilson – Thank you for your help in transporting essential equipment required for the expedition, as well as your experience, expertise, guidance and navigation training. Myself and our students from school cannot thank you enough.

Miss K Harvey – Thank you for giving up your time, and supporting every Duke of Edinburgh expedition at school. I can’t thank you enough for all your hard work and commitment. You are supportive and committed to the students involved and it’s obvious that you enjoy holding our expeditions together. Thank you.

Mr Jon Cudworth (DofE Co-ordinator)