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54 Finborough Duke of Edinburgh participants head to the Llangollen valley

At the beginning of June, a team of dedicated staff and volunteers took 54 Finborough Duke of Edinburgh participants to the Llangollen Valley in Wales for an amazing few days of outdoor adventures.

The participants, came from Bronze, Silver and Gold DofE award levels, and had the opportunity to practice navigation whilst hiking in the mountains and experience the different challenges, especially in comparison to the somewhat flatter Suffolk countryside many have are used to.

The Year 9 Bronze level participants enjoyed gorge walking, white water rafting and an introductory canoe course to gain their British Canoeing Paddle Discover award, which is invaluable preparation for progressing to canoe expeditions at Silver and Gold award levels.

The Silver and Gold level participants from Year 10 and above were able to practice more advanced canoe skills with a long-distance trip on the upper reaches of the River Severn and also experienced some white water canoeing on the River Dee under the guidance of some great instructors.

Back at camp everyone was able to enjoy the wonderful Welsh scenery amidst the spectacular weather they had; they were all able to relax in the company of their friends and some very noisy sheep in the field next door!

The nearby River Dee also provided the opportunity for some “bracing” paddling and swimming in the evening for those brave enough to enter the water.

The last day of the expedition was used to break camp early and head home to Finborough where they were able to reflect on some indelible memories made and inspiring experiences.