Three members of staff from 1220(March) Squadron Air Cadets recently furthered their hill walking experience after spending a weekend at the National Air Cadet Adventure Training Centre in Windermere. The team spent a day on the fells in the Langdale Valley, where the junior members of staff were able to practice their navigation techniques. Under the guidance of an experienced mountain leader, they took turns to take the lead and route-find for the team,navigating via Stickle Tarn, Harrison Stickle and Pike O’Stickle.

1220 staff in the Lake District

1220 staff in the Lake District

While en-route, the team was able to test out satellite phones, which will be used later this year when other members of the squadron participate in an overseas expedition to the Ascension Islands. On the second day the team walked a short route from the Kirkston Pass up to Red Screes, where they used some scrambling techniques to get to the top. At the summit they were rewarded with a full panoramic view of the Lake District, blue skies and snow-topped mountains.

Sergeant Megan Saunders said, “It was really useful to practice techniques and get further experience to help me work towards gaining a qualification that will help me to lead cadets in the future. We were also really lucky to get such a fantastic view.”

Before returning home the staff treated themselves to a well-earned bath bun and cup of tea at the local teashop.

1220 is currently recruiting. Our open evening takes place on Wednesday 5th February at 7:30PM at the squadron building and our intake night is on Tuesday 11th February at 7:00PM. For further information, please visit