Ten Tors crew complete their first Dartmoor Expedition

The Ten Tors crew completed their first Dartmoor expedition last weekend, braving the sub zero temperatures and 44mph winds. Shockingly, the sun even made a brief appearance at times over the weekend.

We left school at around 1615 on Friday, and broke up the journey with a stop-off at the award-winning chippie in Ashburton. Aside from issues surrounding Mr Lord’s apparently questionable mini-bus music taste, and George’s odd technique for warming his biscuits, the journey down passed without incident.

After getting tents set up (and with some students going the full Bruce Banner and snapping their poles) students drifted off to sleep with the wind howling among the Huccaby Farm trees.

Saturday began with the usual excellence from Smoky Bill’s Grill – a full English ‘bangin’ breakfast! Students then split into three groups, the 45 Year 11 mile team set off alone on their challenging all-day route check-pointed by Bob, whilst Mr Richards supervised a navigation group, and Mr Lord and Mr Gray took the other students and wandered about on the Moor looking at stone circles and ancient tombs. After a full day of hiking students set up their stoves, cooked up their meals and had an early night. Sunday was colder and windier than Saturday, but student morale was high and all the students completed the routes they had been set. It was good to see students sharing food, carrying each others’ kit, encouraging each other and helping each other across the marshes and rivers.

An excellent weekend; some difficult hills and terrain which hints at the very real challenges ahead, but my waterproofs remained in my bag throughout, no-one fell in a bog, and the navigation, teamwork and determination were superb. Well done to all who took part.

Thanks to the Chapel of St Raphael, Hexworthy for their kindness, warmth and hospitality, and as always a particular mention to Bill Smith, Iain Richards and Bob Brice for giving up their weekends to help our School and our students – we couldn’t do this without them!

Mr Gray


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