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Duke of Edinburgh News

The intrepid Duke of Edinburgh students have taken part in 3 practice walks recently, to help them learn basics navigation skills and to give them the opportunity to get out and about in the countryside as a group.

The group have visited Nicky Nook Fell, Loughrigg Fell and Settle. All 3 walks were challenging in their own way, however this year Mr Martin managed to end his very long run of picking the wettest days of the year to go walking on! This change in luck meant the DofE group were met with sunshine on every outing.

The students explored the fantastic landscape and wildlife we are so fortunate to have on our door step (whilst following the countryside code of course!). They learnt how to navigate, work as a team, meet the challenges of orientating a map and successfully completing a walk – all whilst forming new friendships. Importantly they are also now educated and prepared for what they need for a long walk, such as a variety of clothes and plenty of nourishment as the weather can change fast.

When asked about how they found each walk here are some of the things the pupils had to say:

“I really enjoyed learning how to use a map and compass properly and not feeling lost all the time”

“I didn’t think I was going to enjoy walking so much, but when you are with friends, it's good fun”

“I picked the wrong shoes and my feet hurt, don’t talk to me!”

“I enjoyed the Settle walk the best as it was long but I could see how much I have improved and I found navigating a lot easier”

Mr Martin was extremely proud of the youngsters, stating “I always enjoy a walk when there are lots of things to see and you are rewarded with a great view at the top. It has been so wonderful to see all the pupils grow in confidence on these walks and it's why I feel it is so important to offer the DofE opportunity to our pupils”.

Quote of the year so far:

 “Why is that man walking a sheep?”

“Erm…. he is actually walking a golden retriever”