Thirty-one pupils complete Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award Expedition
This year thirty-one pupils from Year 12 and 13 volunteered to participate in the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE) programme. Eighteen participants chose to trek in the Lake District and the remaining thirteen opted to paddle in Spain for their expedition.
For their assessment expedition the three groups of trekkers travelled approximately 65km from Eskdale Green to Keswick in the Lake District during May Exeat. Weather was mixed, but largely dry and warm, which made the views spectacular.
After many hours of river and pool training, and taking their 2-Star kayak / canoe assessment in late June, the two groups of paddlers travelled to Spain in early July to canoe 120km down the River Ebro for their assessment expedition. The weather was really hot, an average of 35 Degrees for the duration, so covering up and staying hydrated was a top priority.
After spending the evening in Flix sorting kit and re-checking routes, the groups entered the water just East of Flix to paddle their first day to Miravet. Day 2 was really hot, knocking on the door of 40 Degrees but the groups did well and ended the day in Aldover. Day 3 was down to Deltebre, leaving the final day to paddle into the Mediterranean, over the waves until the sandy beaches L’Ampolla.
After leaving the kayaks and canoes behind, we set off for Barcelona, where the participants spend the following day having some well-earned R&R before flying back home.
A huge well done to all those who took part, and a special thanks to David Martucci and his team for their role in DoE.
For more information on the Gold Duke of Edinburgh programme, please visit https://greyhound.charterhouse.org.uk/dofe/gold-dofe