A GROUP of intrepid King’s Ely Sixth Form students kick-started their summer holidays by exploring North Wales and climbing up Mount Snowdon.

The students were at Snowdonia National Park for their four-day Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Award Gold Practice Expedition.

Tim Wyndham-Smith, Assistant Director of Outdoor Education and DofE Manager at King’s Ely, said: “Day one was blessed with beautiful weather. We walked between two huge mountains and alongside a stunning reservoir. It seemed like we were the only people there, which made us really appreciate the vast open space.

“Day two was an early start and involved a steep uphill trek, but the views at the top were incredible. After descending the other side of the ridge, we reached a shady spot for lunch, before starting our ascent of Snowdon. Every bead of sweat was worth the effort. The sense of achievement and the views as we reached the top were amazing. After a short descent we finally reached our campsite for a well-deserved meal and rest.

“On day three, the weather was cloudy with some drizzle. We continued our descent down and along the side of the mountains through winding paths and abandoned slate mines.

“Day four and the realisation that the students had completed their practice expedition hit home, with a beautiful walk along the river’s edge, enjoying the sounds of the stream and the sense of achievement.

“Well done to everyone who took part – I look forward to seeing you take on your assessment in October.”

Students who participated were: Robert Allan, Nia Baird, William Biggs, Elliot Bord, Benjamin Collier, Elliot Dickson, Freddie Hills, Gabriel James, Christopher James Trevochka, Alice Wallace and Emily Williams.

Huge well done everyone!

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