Ten Year 10 students and four members of staff completed an ‘Introduction to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award’ expedition walk on Saturday 30 April. The walk, starting and ending at school, was just under seven miles in length, which the group completed in 3 hours 20 minutes.
The aim of the walk was to introduce the new Year 10 Bronze Award cohort to the ‘expedition’ part of the Award. It involved practical skills, such as navigation, and learning about features of the environment. This introduction was part of the build-up to a full two-day practice expedition. On returning to Ridgeway, the students learnt about cooking in outdoor conditions and prepared hot meals using camping stoves and army-style ration packs.
Mr Cross, who coordinates the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at Ridgeway, said afterwards: “Everyone acquitted themselves well and thoroughly enjoyed the walk, though I am sure there will be a few sore legs in time for the Bank Holiday on Monday!”