Over the weekend, pupils in Derwent (Year 10) embarked on their Bronze DofE qualifying expedition. In their groups, they set off from Flash in favourable weather, hiking a distance of around 14km to Flagg. DofE groups are required to be self-sufficient, so the groups carried all their own kit and navigated by themselves. They were met throughout the day by staff at various checkpoints, as well as an external DofE assessor. Both groups experienced and overcame some challenges on the first day, including various encounters with cattle and steep hills.
After arriving at the campsite at Knotlow Farm, the groups set up camp for the night, cooked their evening meals and were visited by Mr Phillips.
In the early hours of Saturday morning the weather took a considerable turn for the worse, soaking everyone. The driving rain did not abate until late morning so the teams were required to cook breakfast and dismantle their campsites in the downpour. This was a major challenge for everyone’s morale, but the groups managed to get themselves organised and head off for the second day’s hiking. They walked north through Deep Dale, navigating through sometimes steep terrain before making their way to the end point in Litton.
Well done everyone!