34 complete silver Duke of Edinburgh award
Friday 14th September 2018
In late June, thirty two L5 and two U5 girls completed their Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award qualifying expedition in the Peak District. Record temperatures meant conditions were always going to be testing for the girls, with water stops, floppy hats and sun cream high on everyone’s agenda.
The Peak District was the first of Britain’s 15 national parks and the northern section, the Dark Peak, is both beautiful and spectacular. Gritstone ridges dominate the scenery as the Pennine Way weaves its merry way through stunning and majestic countryside.
Once the girls left the comfort of the coach they were immediately into expedition mode, making ready and then setting off to navigate to their first campsite. Their routes selected took them via Stanage Edge and Derwent River. All the groups navigated with accuracy and great problem solving skills along the way. As always, the girls worked superbly well in groups and as individuals.
Hope Valley was the first campsite and everyone enjoyed relaxing and chilling under the evening sun. Day two took the girls into the beautiful Vale of Edale. Those groups that went via Lose Hill and Mam Tor found conditions testing on the high ground. There was nowhere to get shade away from the burning midday sun and vital water supplies were managed very carefully. The girls simply rose to the challenge, lugging all their equipment and rations to and along the tops and then descended into a spectacular Vale of Edale. It was so hot, the road from the Mam Tor to the tiny settlement of Barber Booth just melted! Day three took the groups either along the Pennine Bridleway or Pennine Way and ended their journeys in the small village of Hayfield.
Mr Blunt could not have been prouder of all the girls efforts and the Sam Sykes staff, as always, waxed lyrical about the Queen Anne’s girls resilience and how they all performed so outstandingly in the hottest of conditions.
Mr Blunt was quoted saying:
‘The weather on day two was the hottest I have experienced in 25 years of DofE expeditions and the girls just went and smashed the routes. Brilliant!!’
Mr Blunt would like to thank Mrs Eagle and Mrs Norris for supporting the expedition and the girls. They both had a brilliant time. Who wouldn’t with Mr Blunt!!
Take a look at some of the great photos from the expedition below!