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Gold Duke of Edinburgh girls complete their expedition

Contributed by Ruth Kerr

The Gold Duke of Edinburgh Group embarked on their expedition on the 19th of August, to the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Over 4 days we walked from Ribblehead to Skipton, covering just under 20km each day.  An average day consisted rising at 6am, and then walking until 5pm to the next campsite, carrying all our equipment in rucksacks and taking regular breaks for food, and to complete our aim, which is a project we completed about damage to the environment caused by humans.

It was difficult at times, with sore feet and aching shoulders and hips, as well as some very steeps hills to climb and several soggy areas of moorland. However, thanks to the excellent training we received, we did not get lost, stuck to timings and finished each day in plenty of time. Along with good weather, this ensured we had lots of fun enjoying the countryside, with a highlight of the expedition being the walk through the Malham Cove area, where parts of Harry Potter was filmed.

To finish the expedition was extremely rewarding, and as a group we were all very proud of ourselves. We would all highly recommend doing the Duke of Edinburgh Award, at any level, particularly with Girlguiding. We have become firm friends as a group, and have gained a highly valued award, whilst having lots of fun.

The training we received ensured our expedition was a highlight of the summer for all of us. We would like to that Claire and Alister Gibson, Karen Edwards and Duncan and Caroline Raynor for all the hard work they put into ensuring that we have all now completed the expedition aspect of the award.

If you are interested in completing your Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, please contact Karen Edwards on kazedwards@btinternet.com