King’s Ely pupils put navigation skills to the test in Derbyshire and Dartmoor
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King’s Ely Senior students visited Dartmoor and Derbyshire to practise their hill walking and navigation skills over the Easter holidays.
Two hill walking and navigation expeditions were held; a Level 1 trip to Derbyshire and a Level 2 trip to Dartmoor.
The Level 2 trip saw students braving the worst of the wet British weather as they trained for five days on the rugged and barren moorland terrain.
Sophie Cheng, director of outdoor education at King’s Ely Senior, said: “Dartmoor did its best to swamp down the teams, but eventually the sun shone.
“After five days of training, the teams embarked on a three-day journey across the wild landscape carrying everything needed to look after themselves and their teammates for the duration.
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“A huge well done to all those who took part and have passed our intermediate level of hill walking and navigation.
“I look forward to working with such a fantastic and resilient group on Level 3 next year.”
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The Level 1 trip to Derbyshire was the beginning of King’s Ely’s in-house navigation and expedition courses.
Miss Cheng added: “The students began their training with their team leaders in low visibility as the mist persisted around our region of Derbyshire into the second day of training.
“After three days of training, the teams embarked on their two-day expedition across the White Peak area of Derbyshire. “Each team performed well and, despite some minor set-backs, pulled through to finish up at Riber Castle in Matlock.
“Well done to all students who took part and my thanks go to Richard Lovelock, Brett Ffitch, Matt Bridgman and Matilda Scott, as well as our two pupil instructors Imogen Kirkpatrick and Aaron Pugh, for all their hard work throughout the trip.”
A King’s Ely spokesman added: “From the high peaks of the Himalayas to the torrents of the rivers in the Alps, the Ely Scheme offers opportunities for pupils to explore and learn through outdoor education. “Outdoor education at King’s Ely offers pupils the chance to learn self-reliance, teamwork, creative thinking and a determined attitude to all tasks in life.
“Our programme is facilitated by specially selected and trained pupil instructors who deliver our activities and learn to become leaders.”