Category Archives: Hiking

DofE 22: Yorkshire Dales (Silver)

Day 1: transfer and setup. A sunny day to pick up the Gold group in the minibus and then drive to the sales, a 150 mile drive. All vehicles stopped at Charnock Richard services on the edge of Chorley. We … Continue reading

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Oh book it!

EasyJet released their flights for next year. From now, the prices will quickly climb to unaffordable. This morning, I pounced. I have tickets to Corsica for next summer for a two week trip. I can complete the GR20. This time, … Continue reading

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DofE 20, Manchester.

16°C, still windy but not destructive. No really DofE but this in school activity days are meant to raise the school’s appeal to new intake. We’re working with year 7 doing the kind of stuff we did at Bibby’s Farm. … Continue reading

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Leaving the GR 20

Bergerie de Vaccaighja to Corté 21.5km (13½ miles) Ascent 300m (985ft) Descent 1,420m (4,660ft) 7h 30m With a heavy heart, I have to leave the trail and make my way East to collect family from Bastia airport on Sunday morning. … Continue reading

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The hike: GR20 (North)

Monday: Refuge de Carrozzu to d’Ascu Stagnu. 6km (3 3/4 miles), Ascent 860m (2280ft), Descent 710m (2330ft), 5hrs 30mins by the book It took me more like 7h 30m. The climb out of Carrozzu was a familiar one, the same … Continue reading

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NCS, week 2.

Warm and storms are promised. Less walking this week but we’re assigned to work with a single group each. Fortunately, my group are very likable. Day 2: walking with the delightful Team 4. They are strong and set a good … Continue reading

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NCS week 1, the hot one.

29°C, hot humid sun and some thunder. A week with 4 coach loads of kids from Northamptonshire doing NCS. They are divided up into teams of about a dozen, most of whom have never met before. Each team is coordinated … Continue reading

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DofE 18; South Chilterns

22°C, sun, very dry with N breeze. 18.0: easy drive to the edge of the M25. Paccar Scout camp is huge, but my little bit is about an acre. We seem to have 4 clearings booked. 18.1; The cohort arrived … Continue reading

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DofE 17: Dark Peak.

18°C, grey with slight drizzle. 17.0: a day filled with logistics. Google’s satnav took us round the long way to Edale. Then I had to ferry kids from Hope because the coach driver refused to drive to the carpark in … Continue reading

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DofE 16. New Forest.

Bright and sunny, tops will be 25°C Long drive after a full day’s teaching. The satnav chose a good route and there were no holdups. Still, I didn’t arrive untill 23.30. 16.1: we some instructors would have two groups today, … Continue reading

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