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Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – Gold practice expedition

After a great deal of route-planning, training and preparation, the 2016 Gold Duke of Edinburgh practice expedition began in earnest.

Just before the start of the summer holidays, thirty-seven L6 students and six Birkdale teachers congregated in Johnson car park, enthusiastically engaging in last-minute checks and preparations for the forthcoming three-day adventure.

1.30pm, and we were off! Arriving at Keswick Youth Hostel around 5.30pm, the students set about checking and weighing packs, finalising routes, and girding their loins. After a hearty breakfast the next morning, it was time for the groups to be dropped off, and the teachers to head out to various checkpoints by bike or on foot. The weather was fine, and there was a definite feeling of joie de vivre in the air. With the exception of the inevitable odd hiccup (all excellent learning experiences) the expedition was a resounding success for all concerned. Everyone returned tired but adrenalized on Saturday evening; ready for a restorative summer break.

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