A new year means a new Duke of Edinburgh’s award expedition season coming up.

This year there’ll be 2 silver and 1 bronze teams out hiking, alongside a team of Scouts doing their chief Scout’s gold award hike. Plenty of sweaty feet to look forward to!

D of E bronze take 2

Our second Duke of Edinburgh’s bronze award team completed their expedition last weekend.

The team had glorious sunshine on Saturday to hike from Spofforth castle to Bramhope camp site. But on Sunday the heavens opened, although fortunately subsided to occasional showers, as they walked via Armscliff crag to Kirkby Overblow.

Well done.

DofE bronze expedition

Our first of 2 teams this year doing their Duke of Edinburgh bronze expedition. They set off from Swinsty reservoir, walked to Bramhope and camped and then day 2 followed the Wharfe to Netherby.

During the walk they monitored flora and fauna to see the variety in the different types of landscape they travelled through. Plenty of aching limbs but still some smiles at the finish.

D of E practice

The Duke of Edinburgh award bronze team 1 used the Bar t’at walk as their practice hike using full rucksacks.

They did 8 miles with fully laden rucksacks in preparation for 2 week’s time. The route from Bingley, along to Shipley glen, Eldwick, back down to the river & canal and returning to Bingley was in glorious sunshine.

Thanks to Aire valley Scout district for organising it.