10 July 2017
The groups started a 3 day expedition in a small village called Wigglesworth. They were to follow the Ribble Way passing farm fields, rivers and villages along the way. They spent their first evening in a camp site called Knight Stainforth.
On day 2 the candidates had a more challenging journey, headed into the hills towards Austwick following the Penine Bridleway. The weather was very warm and the candidates had to use the skills they were taught to navigate and manage their food and water supplies sparingly. In the evening they camped at Dalesbridge Activity centre.
On the final day the candidates started walking at 8.20am, heading towards a small village called Rathmell. The candidates completed the expedition by walking over 30 miles and their purpose throughout the expedition was to "observe the management of the countryside by local farmers and businesses”.
All 17 candidates successfully passed their Silver level of the expedition section of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.