Courageous King’s Ely students trek through the Picos de Europa

King's Ely students Charlie Watson, Fred Hughes, Matt Connolly, Kishan Patel, Marc Whittome and Sam

King's Ely students Charlie Watson, Fred Hughes, Matt Connolly, Kishan Patel, Marc Whittome and Sam Wege completed a gruelling five-day trek through the Picos de Europa in northern Spain. - Credit: Archant

Intrepid King’s Ely students reached new heights during an expedition in northern Spain.

King's Ely students Charlie Watson, Fred Hughes, Matt Connolly, Kishan Patel, Marc Whittome and Sam

King's Ely students Charlie Watson, Fred Hughes, Matt Connolly, Kishan Patel, Marc Whittome and Sam Wege completed a gruelling five-day trek through the Picos de Europa in northern Spain. - Credit: Archant

A group of six students - Charlie Watson, Fred Hughes, Matt Connolly, Kishan Patel, Marc Whittome and Sam Wege - returned home on July 20 after completing a gruelling five-day trek through the Picos de Europa.

The Picos de Europa, meaning the ‘Peaks of Europe’, are a range of mountains 20km inland from the northern coast, in the autonomous communities of Asturias, Cantabria and Castile and León.

King's Ely students Charlie Watson, Fred Hughes, Matt Connolly, Kishan Patel, Marc Whittome and Sam

King's Ely students Charlie Watson, Fred Hughes, Matt Connolly, Kishan Patel, Marc Whittome and Sam Wege completed a gruelling five-day trek through the Picos de Europa in northern Spain. - Credit: Archant

The group trekked from Fuente De to Naranjo de Bulnes, then north and west through the dramatic 100m deep Cares Gorge. They then pulled up through the mountains to return to Fuente De.

Director of outdoor education at King’s Ely Senior, Sophie Cheng, said: “Throughout the expedition, I was impressed with how the students formed a strong team and became a self-sufficient unit early on. After a little guidance and direction, they were making good sound and appropriate decisions throughout the journey.


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“Huge thanks to everyone for their tireless hard work during the trip.”

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