Silver DofE Students Brave Wet New Forest in Successful Practice Expedition

Over the weekend, our silver Duke of Edinburgh students embarked on their practice expedition in the New Forest, braving the wet weather conditions to complete their journey. Accompanied by DJ Fozzy on their journey to the campsite, the students set up on Dingle Dell in anticipation of their expedition.

Despite waking up to rain on Saturday morning, the students were in high spirits and enjoyed ‘Royal Wraps’ for breakfast in celebration of the Coronation of King Charles III.

Though the navigation in the New Forest posed a few challenges with a few route deviations, all the students successfully reached their checkpoints and completed their day one walks.

Sunday saw better weather conditions, and the students were able to walk their routes and cook hot meals at mid-day and in the evening.

By Monday, the rain had returned, but the students remained undeterred and continued to walk their routes to finish in Lymington between 4 and 5 pm.

According to Miss Gibson and Mrs Rouse, the D of E Coordinators:

“It was a challenging practice expedition for our silver Duke of Edinburgh students, but we were impressed by their resilience and positive attitude throughout the journey. We are looking forward to seeing them reflect on their experience and prepare for their next assessed expedition in June.”

Overall, it was a successful expedition for our students who demonstrated great determination and perseverance in the face of challenging weather and navigation conditions.