Adventures with the Duke of Edinburgh's Award

Home » News » Adventures with the Duke of Edinburgh's Award
Group at Tunskeen bothy
Group on Corserine
Above Backhill of Bush

Our Gold DofE group has returned from their successful expedition to the Scottish Hills. They had three days of bright dry weather — ideal for backpacking — and a final day of thick mist, very high winds and extremely heavy rain!
Some of the highlights (?) were:

  • Our three (Charlie, Tori and Emily) joined forces with three BB Boys from Birmingham, whom they had never met before! They settled well as a group; by the end, one might think they had known each other for years.
  • Tori left her waterproof top behind on the London to Glasgow train. We bought a new one.
  • The sole began to come away from Emily's boot at the very start of the expedition. We bought new ones!
  • Tim, one of the supervisors, got a puncture in his car tyre. He bought a new one!!
  • The group were self-sufficient throughout, and appreciated the views from 800m up, on the top of the Rhinns of Kells.
  • They enjoyed visiting two mountain bothies during their trip, and bathing in a waterfall was a real adventure.
  • During their four days in the hill, they met absolutely no-one.
  • They very wisely used their emergency escape route from the hills on the last day, and arrived at the finish happy, if rather (= very) wet!

    David Allan.

    Photos:
    Group at Tunskeen
    Tori, Charlie and Emily arrive at the summit of Corserine (814m)
    Group above Backhill of Bush

    popular recent storiesAlso in the news

    Crafternoon 1
    Alton Webteam: Sun 09 Dec 10:18am

    The 'Crafternoon' held at the Church was a great success as people gathered to enjoy one another's company, make Christmas crafts, sing some carols and enjoy a Christmas tea — much of which was provided by Sainsbury's Community Outreach. Oh... and Father Christmas made an early appearance...

    Messy Church Pic Dec 18
    Alton Webteam: Wed 05 Dec 9:27am

    Messy Church is now held on the first Saturday of the month during term time.We had a great time at our Christmas Messy Church with lots of children and families enjoying a whole variety of activities. We began with table games and refreshments, an intense game matching Christmas Card halves, listening to the advent story and then choosing from a variety of interactive crafts ranging from...

    Santa Run edit
    Alton Webteam: Mon 03 Dec 9:24am

    What a fantastic effort from Liam, Steve and Pete as they represented the Methodist Church in the Santa Run.Running in the team race they crossed the finishing tape to the cheers of the watching crowd. Not only that but they each entered the individual race which was three times as long... with Liam coming in an exceptionally good fourth place and Steve and Pete not too far behind. Well...