Following their encounter with Storm Hannah during their practice expedition, the final five Bronze Duke of Edinburgh teams embarked upon their assessed expedition. Heading off to Cranborne Chase on Saturday, 18 May, the teams were dropped off at their respective start locations, ready to begin their journey. Walking for six hours during the day, the teams made their way across Cranborne Chase towards Sixpenney Handley, which was to be home for the night. Following some navigational detours, the students arrived in camp just as the rain started! The teams quickly pitched their tents, cooked their meals and then enjoyed some relaxing free time when the rain then stopped for the night.
Day two saw the teams up with the birds, preparing to depart for the second day of their adventure. Whilst dry, the weather was sadly not as good as the week before, being due to close in towards the end of the day – this provided the best incentive not to get lost! All teams made it to the finish in the nick of time, and the heavens opened just as we were loading the minibuses to return to school.
Congratulations to all of the students involved. The staff team could not be more proud of the way that you all conducted yourselves over the weekend – this is why we do it!