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Gold DofE expedition to The Lakes

The summer Gold Duke of Edinburgh expedition took place during a slight reprieve in the heatwave. With some cloud cover, a gentle breeze and good visibility, the team set off along the base of Blencathra and through the town of Keswick before camping at the base of Blaeberry Hills. Day two involved a long walk along the ridge line. The footing was firm due the recent lack of rain, but the team were challenged by the lack of streams and water this had also caused. They camped at Angle Tarn at 600m above Langdale that night before spending day three crossing the col at Esk House before descending through the Esk Valley and around Harter Fell to the hidden Duden Valley.  The final day brought some gentle drizzle and a wet start but, with the finish in sight, it was an early start to cross Coniston Ridge and down to a welcoming minibus.