Category Archives: Lowland

DofE 12: Chilterns (2)

Sun-rain-sun/repeat 18°C. 12.0: arrived a day early on a busy Scout camp. Presumably, most will go tomorrow before ours arrive. I needed an early night but they did quieten down after 9.30. The owls were loud in the night. 12.1: … Continue reading

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DofE 11 North Downs.

12°C, rain and strong Westerly gusts. Another late one: I have two likable groups to manage and assess. The tricky part is the way their routes diverge south of the hills. If all goes well, there would be a bit … Continue reading

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DofE 10: Cannock Chase

14-17°C, sunny. 9.2: Practice, independent travel with staff and instructors on mostly mobile checkpoints. I headed out on foot to the most easterly point on any of the routes. If groups go wrong here they could get lost in a … Continue reading

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DofE 8: North Downs.

20°C, sunny Silver Assessment: 3 days near London in the North Downs. On the face of it, this looks like typical bronze territory in rolling chalklands. The forecast is for ideal weather but the possibility of some behaviour to keep … Continue reading

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DofE 6: Ousedale.

Heavy showers and bright sun. 11°C. Heading down a day early on a longish drive ready for Bronze Practice. The camp is good but lacks showers, not a problem for Bronze though. DofE 6.1; The groups were dropped off a … Continue reading

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DofE 4: Cannock Chase

4.1: intro and tuition, walking with the group all day and setting up camp with them. They were fit and able, my group of all lads. The route was on familiar ground, both from previous DofE trips, visits from my … 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 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 8.0, New Forest.

22°C, bright summer’s day. Time spend getting the coordinates right in the satnav paid off with an easy journey to camp. The roads were very good in contrast to yesterday. Unfortunately, I had to pay for a pod at the … Continue reading

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DofE 7.0, White Peak,

Warm in the sunshine, cooler later. 20°C, very, very high pollen.. Bronze qualifying: camped in Alstonfield, as previously. I’ve worked for this school for years and this is the most capable and well behaved groups they’ve ever had. 7.2, some … Continue reading

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