During the week students visited trails at Plymbridge, Cann Woods, Lanhydrock Estate, Soussons Woods, Haldon Forest and the Camel Estuary Cycle Trail.
Students needed to dig deep into their reserves of stamina to complete routes in very warm conditions.
The trails at Lanhydrock were extremely technical and challenged all students to cope with routes named as Timber Trail, Hart Trail and the Saw Pit.
Haldon Forest saw students improve technique in the skills area before completing a red difficulty trail. This required negotiating water, rock and tree roots.
A new venue this year was Soussons Forest surrounding Belliver Tor on Dartmoor. The views over open moorland at the end of the trails were amazing.
The final day saw the riders complete a flat cycle along the Camel Trail to Padstow in Cornwall. On reaching Padstow the biggest challenge was eating lunch whilst ensuring the seagulls were kept at arm’s length!
It is fair to say that student’s confidence and fitness improved markedly during the week. The weather was exceptionally hot on all the days, several days saw temperatures approaching 24 degrees. A few bruises and scrapes were also part of the week but all came through successfully in what was a very enjoyable week for both staff and students.
Mr Smart and Miss Minchella
Step Up Teacher and Learning Support Assistant