In late March, 47 Year 12 students embarked on their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award practice expedition in the stunning area of Exmoor National Park. With three days of grueling hikes over tricky terrain and two nights of camping and eating out of ration style food, it was thoroughly challenging yet rewarding.

Arriving at school at 7:30, the students managed to catch up on some much needed sleep on the four hour bus journey to Exmoor, where there was a quick kit check and navigational exercise before each group began their four hour hike to the campsite for Friday evening. With beautiful scenery and perfect weather, the students made their way across moors and gorges, carrying their expedition food, tents and cooking stoves in their bags.

Arriving at camp in the late afternoon, it took a while for all the tents to be set up before we could all prepare our dinner - whether it be a dehydrated tikka masala or a very flattened brioche.

The next two days involved extremely difficult uphill stretches but we enjoyed gorgeous views whilst walking along the South West coast - perhaps the view was worth the 7.00 wake up call!

Arriving in Minehead on Sunday afternoon, all the students were exhausted yet happy to have completed such a successful expedition.

Many thanks to the Ocean Rock for organizing the expedition, as well as to Mr Sharp’s fantastic help in making the weekend a success.