July 3, 2017The challenges of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award were clear to all participants last week, but the rewards were clear too. Groups in the Peak District and the Lake District were hoping for better conditions than they faced on their practice expeditions, and while there were good days, they also faced some of the worst weather of all. In Derbyshire, the Silver cohort maintained their good humour as they navigated through rain on their Qualifying Expeditions and two Gold groups successfully completed the expedition section of their award. The Gold groups in the Lake District enjoyed three good days out of four, with sunny intervals and a cool breeze, but the third day produced driving wind and rain, with mist on the tops that reduced visibility to 20m. This made navigation over the highest, most exposed route, which has no paths, very challenging. With careful compass work, both groups who were on that section on the day successfully navigated their way across, met in the mist by a very impressed Assessor. All four Assessors were delighted with the six groups and all passed with flying colours. Over the week, a total of 118 boys and girls were out on the hills being supervised for their Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards.