Despite the soaring 28–30-degree heat, Form IV students successfully completed their Silver Duke of Edinburgh expedition in the New Forest.
The teams set out from Deer Leap near Lyndhurst after a briefing from our D of E course director and our trainer, about the importance of remaining hydrated and drinking regularly throughout the day, as well as taking breaks in the shade to help remain cool. After seven hours of walking through the beautiful countryside with wild ponies and cattle, the teams arrived in good spirits at New Park Barn campsite, set up their tents and cooked supper before settling down for the night.
All teams were up early and departed the campsite by 06:00 having had breakfast and packed away their tents. A well-earned ice cream awaited the teams at Red Shute campsite after nine hours of walking. Despite some weary bodies, everyone was in good humour and ready for supper and bed before the final day of walking. Day three saw another early start to avoid the heat, but the knowledge of completing the expedition appeared to put a spring in their steps as they departed the campsite at 07:00. By 13:00 all teams arrived at Long Cross car park and despite feeling exhausted and a little leg weary, a real sense of accomplishment was evident.