On a blustery but fine Sunday morning, preparation for the Summer 2018 practice DofE expedition began in earnest, as sixty L6 students headed to Hayfield in the Sett Valley region of the Peak District, for a day’s practice walk and navigation training. In their expedition groups, the students navigated their way up and around Kinder Scout moorland plateau and National Nature Reserve, which rises to 636 metres above sea-level at its highest point. The weather conditions made for an invigorating day, and the pupils all honed invaluable skills, including compass work, setting a map, observing the scenery around them to pick up valuable navigational tips and how to work as a team. In short: the day was a tiring but rewarding one for all concerned. Next up: a training session on route planning using the OS online mapping programme – led by Alan Pashley from the DofE office in Sheffield. This will take place this Thursday 4-5pm in the lecture theatre.