On a bright Saturday morning the last weekend in September the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh group set off on their qualifying expedition. In high spirits they sang songs in the minibus before getting themselves ready at their start point at Cawston.

Their second leg of the walk was very long using the Marriotts Way, but they were able to pick up and draw many nature objects for their project. They became very adept at bark rubbing and making up poems whether they were haiku or acrostic about their surroundings. After six hours they arrived at their campsite and immediately set up their tents and started to cook their tea – variations of pasta meals. By 7pm it was getting dark so everyone packed away and got ready for bed. Probably unheard of on a normal Saturday evening.

Early Sunday morning as the sun was rising the girls got up. It was very cold and in fact there was some frost on the tops of the cars. The girls packed up quickly and after breakfast set off at 7.30 am on their second days walk. It was another bright and sunny day and the paths they went along were great for collecting nature. However, one path hadn’t been walked for a while so they had to fight their way through brambles and nettles. Six hours after they started they successfully finished their expedition. The group were so pleased to see the minibus.

Well done to all of the girls on completing this section of their award.