The gold D of E girls set off to the Brecon Beacons the morning after the school ball. A few sore feet from dancing did not deter them. After a good sleep and a cooked breakfast they were ready to start their four day walk.
The weather forecast was not good – gale force winds on the mountain tops – so they decided to walk the bad weather routes, which are lower but just as hard to navigate. After eight hours they arrived at their first campsite. The tents were pitched and meals cooked before an early night. Although high winds and rain disturbed their sleep, they kept to their decision of on an early start for the second day so they were up at 5am and walking by 7am. Although the weather was better than the previous day it was still windy but they were determined to walk the tops of the hills. Another eight hours and they arrived at camp site two. Although this site was more sheltered it was right next to a stream which lulled some to sleep but kept others awake.
Day three was the longest walk along the ridges to Llantony. Wind and strong squalls punctuated the walk, which wasn’t fun on the top, but huddling under the tent outer helped to keep them warm and dry when they had their breaks.
With one more night to go, the girls decided upon an even earlier start for the last day. They left the campsite at 4:30am for their final eight hour walk. It was just getting light enough to see the well-worn track up the hill. They ate lunch at 9:30am – a strange time but it was half way through their day! Their assessor was ready to meet them at the end to congratulate them on a successful expedition.
Well done to Anna Reed, Lilyella Ayers, Charlie Harding, Isabel Kingston, Olivia Marks and Paisley Simpson.