Duke of Edinburgh Award

Last weekend, pupils from The Academy completed their Bronze Assessment Expedition for their Duke of Edinburgh Award. This involved them walking, independently carrying all their camping kit, for 8 miles over Muncaster Fell and around the Nether Wasdale area. They set up camp and cooked their evening meals at Santon Bridge campsite.

In the morning, both groups were up nice and early and then navigated their way through the Nether Wasdale triangle. Both groups managed to make mistakes with navigation, realise their mistakes and correct themselves. After six hours of walking, both groups managed to complete the second day within ten minutes of each other.

Each group had a different objective to achieve during the expedition. The all-boys group aim was to “Record evidence of glacial drumlins”. During the walk they soon realised that they were not quite high enough up the valley to see any drumlins so they changed their objective to recognise and record other glacial features. They then found glacial troughs, erratic boulders, striations, moraine and many features of glaciation. The other group managed to achieve their aim by photographing many images of “Natural Beauty in the Cumbrian countryside”.

Well done to Sophie McDonald, Conor Morgan, Bradley Doran, Francesca Parsley, Abigail Casson, Nathan Walkingshaw, Callum Jackson, Charlie Plaskett, Thomas Haile, Sam Stephenson and Ben Gillson.

Thanks to Mr C Burkinshaw and Mrs D Burkinshaw and also thanks to Debs and Stuart from The Whitehaven Harbour Youth Project for running this event.