Very early on Saturday 13 October, the Silver DofE group piled into the minibus and made their way south to Tunstall Forest. Here, the group met their assessor Joanna before setting off on their 17km walk northwards towards their first campsite. It was a glorious day, being warm with the sun shining and not a cloud in the sky.
They walked through some beautiful areas, past Snape Maltings, through the marshes towards Aldburgh and then up a disused railway line and along paths over heathland towards Sizewell. They enjoyed the walk even though they had to carry their heavy bags. As soon as they got to their campsite they put up their tents and set up their trangias to make a hot drink and prepare their evening meal. Various types of pasta and noodles appeared with different sauces to spice up the flavour. It soon became dark so the group decided they would get ready for bed as they were going to be up at 6.
The next morning, the sun rose up over the sea – a beautiful sight, as our campsite was right on the cliffs. After breakfast and packing up their tents, the girls set off at 8am along the beach to Minsmere. They then turned inland among the marshes and across heath and farmland to the campsite.
Being so organised on arrival at the campsite the group quickly set up tents and cooked tea. They also sang Happy Birthday to Mia, who had celebrated her birthday that day. She said that she had enjoyed her day with her friends.
The girls went to bed early as they had decided to set off even earlier on their last morning. It was light enough to see what they were doing at the campsite and they started on their walk at 7.30. Through fields and woods – with a few necessary deviations due to enormous puddles that had formed from the overnight rain – they eventually arrived at their destination near Southwold.
They had been so lucky with the weather as it had rained back at school on both Sunday and Monday, but apart from rain overnight, they had dry days for walking. Their assessor congratulated the group and was very complimentary about them. She said “They were all outstanding girls in a very impressive D of E group and what lovely students! They all were a credit to themselves and the school.”
Well done everyone on completing your expedition!