Trek to the Stones 2017

At the end of the half-term break, 13 pupils from the Fourth Form undertook the School’s Trek to the Stones expedition.

After a practice expedition during the Easter Break their objective was to walk from School to Avebury with an overnight camp at All Cannings. Following their own planned route of either 30, 40 or 50km. One group opted for the 40km distance and one the 50km. Unaccompanied, independent and carrying everything they needed in their rucksacks, the pupils were responsible for their own navigation, camping, cooking and had to look after both themselves and the other members of their group.

A long first day in windy but warm conditions, saw both groups climb up to Salisbury Plain and follow its edge above the Pewsey Vale. Dropping back down again they weaved their way through the villages and around the fields to the campsite where a family of Alpacas greeted them. A little rain just before they arrived provided some focus on getting tents up and dinner cooked. A staggeringly large amount of pasta was consumed before tiredness meant they all retired to bed before nine o’clock.

Sunday dawned dry and warm and both groups set off North to the Kennet and Avon Canal and followed it for a while. Crossing over, they climbed over the Downs through quintessentially Wiltshire countryside. Their routes took them into Avebury where they posed for photos with the stones and walked the final mile to Silbury Hill where doughnuts and cans of drink awaited.

Despite the tiredness and soreness, the sense of achievement was palpable. How many people when asked “What did you do this weekend?” can say “I walked 50km!”.