Adventure in the Sixth Form

Many pupils are attracted to the Paris Half-Marathon, the Brecons Challenge and the gruelling Devizes to Westminster canoe race.

In addition, many pupils participate in expeditions or in a similar vein, the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is very popular and Gold Awards are often achieved by pupils whilst still in the Sixth Form.


Dauntsey’s sails, and maintains, the world-famous 1913 gaff-rigged pilot cutter Jolie Brise. In 2013, she celebrated her 100th birthday and a crew of Dauntsey’s pupils competed in the Fastnet race last August.

All new Sixth Formers joining the School will get the opportunity to sail on board Jolie Brise on specially organised day trips, usually in the first half of the Autumn Term.

Devizes to Westminster

The Devizes to Westminster (DW) is a famous 125-mile canoe race that is physically gruelling and mentally challenging for all who take part. The race is held over the Easter weekend and involves paddling from Devizes Wharf to Westminster, with 77 portages along the route, where the crews must carry their boats to get around a lock or weir. Training takes place in the Spring Term, and the School usually enters a squad of seven double kayaks crewed by Lower Sixth pupils.

Paris Half

Every March a group of Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth pupils enjoy a weekend in Paris to compete in the annual Paris Half-Marathon. The trip is open to anyone who turns 18 in the year of the Half-Marathon.

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Adventure at Dauntsey's

Brecons Challenge

This is a one-off event for Lower Sixth pupils, who compete in teams of two. The Challenge takes place in late June in the Brecon Beacons, and involves a 12-km multi-terrain run, an 18-km cycle and a final 7.5-km kayak along the canal.