GoldDofE GroupFive Air Cadets from 1220 (March) Squadron Air Training Corps recently completed a four day expedition in the Lake District as part of their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award . They were joined by a member of 272 (Wisbech) Squadron to make up a team of six.  The expedition is one of five sections required to earn a Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

While on expedition the team were self-sufficient, carrying everything they would need for the four days.  This included their clothes, tents, and cookers to cook their favourite exped menu of pasta and sausages.

Their route started at the youth hostel in Troutbeck, South Lakeland, Cumbria from where they journeyed north over a mountain called ‘High Street’ and descended to a wild camp among the fells at Boredale Hause.  Day 2 took them on a lower level route along the edge of Ullswater and day 3 took them over the Old Coach Road to Legburthwaite.  On the final day they walked along Thirlmere before ascending to Grisedale Tarn and finally descending to Patterdale in the afternoon sun.

The team worked well and managed to stay on the correct route throughout.  Their planned checkpoint timings were accurate which helped keep morale high despite their aches and pains.

Cpl Josh Pickersgill (16) said ‘I really enjoyed the adventure, living outdoors and the challenge of working with others.”