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Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition update

Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition update
Karen Smith

During the end of the summer holidays, six groups totalling 33 pupils completed their expedition in mid - Wales over the bank holiday weekend (23rd – 27th August) It was a hot few days and several pupils had very sore feet, but all completed the four-day expedition. Assessors were very pleased with the positive engagement of the teams involved and wrote very positively in their reports.


At the same time as the Wales trip, six girls completed their DofE Gold Expedition across the Haute Route in the Pyrenees. After 84 km or 36 hours walking whilst climbing a total of 2409m, the girls finished close to the Pic du Midi d’Ossau in fine style. The weather was kind; sunny and not too hot.


Earlier in the year a group of six cyclists completed their expedition through Snowdonia whilst others attended open expeditions sailing and walking. Twenty three pupils also completed their Bronze award expedition in the New Forest in May, whilst another four from that intake will be finishing their expedition in October.


Congratulations to all who took part and thank you to the staff involved in making these trips possible.


As an accredited Gold and Bronze centre, Canford currently has 101 pupils taking the Gold Award and 36 the Bronze. Expeditions on the cards for next year include Wales (walking), Scotland, (canoeing) and France in the Pyrenees, again, walking.


For more information about the scheme at Canford, please visit


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