The Duke of Edinburgh Award Silver Expedition by Cycle.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award Silver Expedition by Cycle.

Year 11 students from the Wey Valley School embarked on their latest Duke of Edinburgh expedition with a challenging 3 day cycle and camp across the beautiful county of Devon.The Year 11 group planned a fantastic 100 mile route from the coastal town of Ilfracombe to Plymouth, part of the Devon CTC route, co-ordinated by Sustrans. 


Mr Salmon, PE teacher and lead for Outdoor Education commended the group in their success with the expedition, ‘It was a very challenging route with lots of elevation and of course we had mixed weather and shorter days due to the time of year’. 

To prepare the students for their expedition, a practice expedition in the Weymouth and Fleet area enabled all the students to become more organised, improve their fitness and work well as a team for the DoE challenge.

Mr Salmon confirmed that the two teams travelled to the start in Ilfracombe and immediately faced their first challenge, ‘Students had to cycle a long and arduous hill out of the town before reaching the old railway line. They had a few issues with bike packing with bits falling off but after a fragmented start they were off. The route followed old railway lines, country lanes and cycle paths, winding its way down to Plymouth. Team 2 suffered with a number of punctures, but they showed great resilience to fix things and keep going, finishing into the dark. All teams showed good camp craft skills and were faced with putting tents up and cooking under torch light’.

The staff assessors checked student progress during the expedition with all groups finishing in the National Trust grounds of Saltburn House where the students felt very proud of their achievements.

Duke of Edinburgh Assessor, Richard Edgeley praised the Year 11 group with their endeavours, ‘Congratulations to all the students, they must be very proud of their achievements. Their application of hard work and resilience on this expedition will put the students in good stead for their revision and studies as they approach exam season’.