Duke of Edinburgh's Silver Expedition Training session – Dartmoor

On Thursday 28th February, after lessons had finished, a group of intrepid Year 10 students headed up to Dartmoor for a Duke of Edinburgh's Silver Expedition Training session.

Having parked the minibus at the far end of Burrator Reservoir, near Norsworthy Bridge, the group set off into the moor. To develop and improve their navigational skills, each student was responsible for leading a leg of the walk, this included working out the grid references and bearing, estimating distance and height gained and calculating the time required to complete their leg. Having worked all that out, it was time to put theory into practice!

For the first half of the walk, the weather was overcast, but dry. However, as we started to head back towards the minibus, the cloud base lowered and their navigational skills were put under increased pressure by the low visibility and rain. This provided the opportunity to hone their compass skills, to ensure that we ended up in the right place. We arrived back at Norsworthy Bridge, having covered just over 5 km, just as the sun was setting and only 5 minutes over time. 

Along the way, we passed through ruined farmsteads, disused tin working, stone rows, burial mounds and a potato cave. So from time to time, we 'did' a bit of history, to keep Mr. Carpenter happy! 

An excellent session was enjoyed by all and the students all improved at least one aspect of their ability to navigate on the open moor. 

In May, these students will be undertaking a 3-day expedition across Dartmoor, carrying all the food and equipment required for the 2 overnight camps, in order to complete the Expedition element of their Silver Duke of Edinburgh's award.

Any students who would like to know more about the Duke of Edinburgh's award scheme, can either visit the DofE section of our website, or catch up with Mr. Whitfield after College in his workshop.

Mr. Whitfield
Enrichment Leader