The Perse School

Summit 10 group head to the Peak District for a weekend of hiking

4 Nov 2014

The Perse Exploration Society’s Summit 10 group ventured to the Peak District over the weekend, in preparation for their forthcoming summer expedition to the Brecon Beacons. Lucy Galbraith-Olive in Year 10 shares her experiences of the trip.

“Over the weekend, nineteen students headed to the Peak District as a taster for the summer expedition to the Brecon Beacons. The weekend began with an 8.45am kit check and departure.

Arriving at the campsite after a three hour drive and a service station break, we were surprised that the van, carrying all the equipment for the weekend, had got lost on the journey. After some games and searching, the van made it to the campsite. Pitching the tents in some very windy conditions was a challenge. The evening saw some more games – this time on one of the hills surrounding the campsite. The night finished with a ghost story and pumpkin carving, fitting as it was Halloween.

On Saturday the three fires headed up Kinder Scout on an eight hour hike. Climbing up was hard but worth it for the views. After navigating the muddy summit, the Pennine Way led us to a very windy Kinder Downfall, the largest waterfall in the Peak District. From there we followed the River Kinder to the Kinder Reservoir and down Jacob’s Ladder. After a long day hiking we were pleased to reach the camp, where dinner had to be prepared and cooked on trangias.

Sunday morning saw some rain and a half day remotely supervised hike to the village of Hope from the top of Mam Tor. The hike was completed by all groups much quicker than expected, so sitting in the minibus eating sweets was a very good end to the weekend, as well as arriving home early.

The weekend was an enjoyable experience for all and showed the students what they were capable of.”

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