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Duke of Edinburgh

Whilst the Geography Department were sampling the wonders of Iceland, there were 10 students in the wilds of North Wales as part of their Duke of Edinburgh expedition training. The 2 groups had to travel from Maeshafn to Llandegla on day 1 and then walk to Ruthin on day 2.  Harriet Drury and Arun Thiru quickly established themselves as the lead navigators within their respective groups and they chose very different routes. They benefitted from staff assistance on the first day, while they learned how to connect map features to those in the real world. Progress was slow, but the groups made it to Bryn Alyn for a very picturesque lunch stop. The weather was warm and dry and spirits were high within each team. The staff from Glan Llyn were very impressed with the attitude and behaviour of all of the students. Everybody arrived at the campsite to pitch the tents and cook meals. Once again, the bonds of friendship were evident as food and stories were shared with good cheer. The sun set and soon it was time to get some sleep before a long day of walking tomorrow. They awoke to rain, but a warm breakfast lifted spirits before the tents were packed up. On Day 2 the groups were not assisted while navigating to 3 checkpoints en-route back to Ruthin. The weather may have been wet, but the pupils were cheerful as they arrived back at school. Well done to everyone concerned – this experience will be invaluable for assessed expedition in October.

Posted on: June 24, 2014