At the end of June eight of our students have enrolled on a practise expedition up to Breacon beacons as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Silver award.

The group were transported by a minibus to the drop off point and armed with maps, compass and their rucksacks set off for camp.

The following day after demonstrating safe use of the cooking stove and correct setting up of tents and packing away the group were then dropped at the base of Pen Y Van, an 886 m high mountain in Wales.

Through thick fog and mist the students achieved the summit and learn a lot about being prepared when hiking at such heights

Following the 6km walk up and over the mountain, they had to traverse through thick forest and navigate past three lakes to arrive at the Grawen campsite and complete their practice.

They are now looking forward to the Final assessed Expedition they will undertake in August. The group planned a four nights camping expedition around Ullswater lake, in the Lake district which will be assessed externally.

Good luck to the students and thanks to all staff who have supported throughout their Duke of Edinburgh training and expeditions since 2014 when they started out on the Bronze level of the award. Couldn’t do it without our fabulous volunteers.