Category Archives: DofE

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme

DofE 2; Cotswolds.

10°C, after a chilly start. 2.1; met my group in the afternoon and took them out for an hour’s walk before dark. They’re quick and have retained a good set of skills. Bronze doesn’t require much from compass skills so … Continue reading

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Berwyn hills: a pre season recce.

5°C, strong SW wind with showers. This is what DofE leaders do in the off season. We met up in Carrog to try out a route that is intended for the silver and gold groups at Easter. The conditions were … Continue reading

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DofE: 1.1

5°C, dry, brisk S. This was a long drive to deliver residential training in Abingdon near Oxford. Having family half way made an excellent staging post for me though. Some of the other instructors stayed in their cars or went … Continue reading

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DofE 16.0

15°C falling to 0°C under clear sky. Gold Qualifying expedition, Brecon Beacons. Long drive in fine conditions, rolling mist filled some fields near the coast. That reminded me of some of the early season trips this year. In in the … Continue reading

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DofE 14: Yorkshire Dales.

14°C, rain and gales. Gusts up to 40mph. 14.0 Arrived about 11.30am for a Gold Qualifying expedition. The minibusses wouldn’t arrive for at least 2 hours so I went up Whenside for the fun of it. People were up there … Continue reading

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DofE 13.0: Hitchin.

26°C, 2/5 cloud, 0 wind. Camped at Henlow Bridge. Not my kind of campsite but only for 1 night. Expensive too, £26 for 1 night. That’s london prices, I didn’t get to the bureau de change to get london pounds. … Continue reading

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DofE 12: Brecon Beacons.

24°C, sunny with fair clouds, light breeze. Back to the Beacons, with different groups this time; however, most I’ve met or taught before. Yes, it’s my old school DofE again. My job was to drive the Gold groups to their … Continue reading

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DofE 11.0: Cotswold hills.

28°C, no wind and the prospect of 30° tomorrow, close feeling too. Working for a provider that’s new to me: BXM. It’s not too far to drive here, but for the first part of the M5 which was very slow.. … Continue reading

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DofE 10.0: Edale.

Or “I need to use the trowel” 16°C, cloudless and still. Arrived in Edale for a Gold Practice expedition. I’ve been here a few times before with QM School. Sunset is late so putting up the tent was easy. This … Continue reading

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DofE 9: Parbold.

30°C full blazing sun but for moor smoke. No real wind. Bronze qualifying in central lancashire, same as a few weeks ago except there are only four groups. A finishing off trip. The only real concern today is the heat; … Continue reading

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