Brilliant Sunshine in the Beacons

At the start of the Easter holidays, twenty intrepid Year 12's headed to the Brecon Beacons to complete the practice expedition for their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. Accompanied by five brave members of staff the group had four days of hiking or cycling before them and spirits were high. After putting up tents the group cooked an evening meal and got an early night in readiness for the expedition ahead. Despite packing waterproofs to cope with the stereotypical Welsh weather, or perhaps because of this, the sun shone for the whole four days and many tans were topped up. 

The cycling group ranged far and wide, covering up to 35 miles a day and climbing numerous large hills in order to fulfil the required 8 hours of travelling. The walkers had no less arduous a task, carrying all their equipment on their backs and without the prospect of free-wheeling on the descent. One group of walkers was the first to finish, having set off at 6am on the last day in order to give them time for a good shower before mounting the bus home. The trip highlighted some weaknesses in navigation and fitness but left the groups looking forward to their assessed expedition in the Lake District in August.  If only we could rely on it not to rain…