11289744_10155549783750099_204396206_nAir cadets from 1220 (March) Squadron Air Training Corps spent the recent Bank Holiday weekend in the Peak District. The weekend was an introduction to hill walking with camping and navigation practise.

The training weekend dealt with aspects required for the Expedition section of the silver Duke of Edinburgh’s award and the participants are now ready to complete a practise expedition before travelling to the Yorkshire Dales later in the year for their final expedition towards completion of the award. 

On the first day the group climbed Win Hill from which they had great views of the Peak District. From there they descended towards the village of Hope and then ascended Lose Hill.  On the way up the weather took a wet turn, and it was necessary to don waterproofs.

The rain continued for the next 24 hours, and therefore on day two a low level route was undertaken.  The group completed a circuit of Derwent reservoir famous for being where the Dambuster squadrons practised flying at low level.  After lunch a second low level route was completed around the Edale valley during which each cadets navigation was tested by supervising staff members.

On the final day the team woke up to blue skies and warmer weather.  After clearing the campsite they completed a route from the campsite in Edale to the village of Castleton, via Hollins Cross.  This was supervised remotely so the cadets had to use all of the skills they had learned on the previous days.

On the journey back to Squadron after the completion of their final route, Cdt Hope Bissett (15) said “It has been a very useful weekend and beneficial to learn from our mistakes.  I definitely feel more confident for my actual expedition.”

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