STUDENT EXPEDITION LEADS TO GOLD DUKE OF EDINBURGH AWARD

STUDENT EXPEDITION LEADS TO GOLD DUKE OF EDINBURGH AWARD

A team of six young walkers aged between 16 and 17 from The Wey Valley School, Weymouth College and Budmouth College in Weymouth have recently succeeded in a 192 mile hike across the country on Wainwright’s Coast to Coast route. The students started at St Bees in Cumbria, a small seaside village on the edge of the Lake District and finished in the small fishing town of Robin Hoods Bay, near Scarborough.  The route led them through the high peaks and exposed heathland of three national parks; The Lake District, The Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors.

Mark Salmon, PE teacher from Wey Valley who was on the trip supporting the students said: ‘ this was a fantastic expedition with great teamwork and endeavour by all the students  concerned. The environment and extreme weather challenged all of us and brought out the very best from the students during the two weeks’.

The walkers were supported by The Wey Valley School Open Gold DOE Group and The Dorset Expeditionary Society with three adult leaders (Mark Salmon, Richard & Karen Edgeley) who kindly transported, mentored, and supported students along the route.  The three Wey Valley teachers also gave a vast amount of their time planning the trip, leading practice walks and a training weekend to the Brecon Beacons.  Joe Stamper, one of the students on the expedition said: ‘ thanks to the six month preparation and support including the practice walk in the Brecon Beacons, the group all felt well prepared for what might have been the toughest two weeks of their lives’.

During the first four days of the expedition the students carried out their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award Expedition.  Karen Edgeley added: ‘During this part of the journey the students walked independently and un-aided in order to test their teamwork, navigation and camp craft skills.  With the additional challenge of the dreadful weather they were pleased that they had passed it and impressed their leaders in all of their actions’.

Stacey Hancock, student said: ‘the two weeks were brilliant with high and low points throughout. The team were great to walk with, with a lot of memories and spirits remained high throughout.  I am glad that I was able to do this expedition with them!”