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This week it has been the turn of our Silver DofE group to complete their qualifying 3 day expedition. Mr Taylor, our DofE manager (who may need a new pair of boots after the number of expeditions he’s led this year!) reports back on how it went..

Over 3 days the groups walked from Rowsley to the Ladybower Reservoir along the Derwent Heritage Trail in the Peak District..

The route followed the river valley, passing the grandeur of Chatsworth House and combining meadows, riverside, forest and quaint villages in a picturesque setting. Each group carried equipment appropriate to them to complete the journey safely..

The weather conditions varied from very wet but warm on day 1, improving through the journey and ending in warm sunshine on day 3..

Camping was at Calver and Bamford where the students demonstrated their developing camp skills..

The route provided many opportunities for discovery, exploration and engagement with the natural environment..

However the demands of the weather made the journey more challenging..

The expedition was a great success due to the positivity of the individuals and the strength of the groups..

We’ll let the students tell you themselves..

Well done, everyone!! Once again we are extremely proud of how hard our young people have worked and we are very grateful to Mr Taylor and our wonderful staff for making the expedition possible. You can view all the pictures from the expedition on our Facebook page here.


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