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Gold D of E expeditions

Gold D of E expeditions
Karen Smith

Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expeditions

Five Canfordians undertaking their Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award completed a 4 day, 3 night practice expedition in South and Central Wales over the Easter weekend.

Thomas Boucher, Rob Thomas, Ben Holland, Tom Edsall and Jack Salmon cycled a distance of around 150 miles on tracks, cycle ways and minor roads, carrying all their kit and food to be entirely self-sufficient.  Cycling for up to eight hours a day was hard work, made the more so by Wales experiencing the highest temperatures in the UK, although the benefit of unusually clement weather was not lost on them as they pitched camp each evening.

They worked superbly well as a team, with minimal staff intervention and didn’t lose their planned route at any point of the journey. They learned a great deal in the process from changing inner tubes to designing their own menus, and the significance of contours on a map!  This term they will be planning their qualifying expedition on which they are assessed, which is due to take place in central Wales in mid-June.

As an accredited Gold and Bronze centre, Canford currently has 59 pupils taking the Gold Award and 29 the Bronze.  In the coming months, Bronze Award pupils will head to the Purbecks and New Forest, while practice and assessed Gold expeditions will be in Wales walking and cycling, with six pupils choosing to complete their expedition component of the award in the Pyrenees.

For more information about the scheme at Canford, please visit


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