Six Year 13 students travelled to a little known area of Wales in mid-August to explore the Plynlimon range and surrounding area for their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Gold Expedition. They camped wild for four nights and were able to climb Pen Pumlumon Fawr, the highest peak in that area of Wales, where, due to a fortunate spell of weather, they were able to see the wonderful panoramic view from the summit – a vast swathe of Wales and the Irish Sea.
Students discovered the sources of the Severn and the Wye, several reservoirs, forests and the occasional hamlet whilst walking through a variety of landscapes. Despite one of the team unfortunately having to return home early due to illness after the first day, the remaining five showed great resilience and continued the expedition, bonding well as a team and impressing students and staff from Reigate Grammar School (who assisted Mr Shelswell with some planning) with their ability, efficiency and positive attitude.
All five participants who reached the end of the expedition have completed an important step in their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme, demonstrating commitment and teamwork.