Outdoors trip is step towards youngsters’ awards

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YOUNGSTERS from a Doncaster school launched an expedition to the Peak District in a bid to win their Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

The trek involved a total of 18 pupils, who took part in an outdoor adventure through a range of activities, including rail transport, outdoor cookery, orienting and caving.

Work towards the award is intended to help youngsters develop their self confidence and ability to work in a team, as well as a number of other skills.

Pupils were issued with portable cooking stoves, water and food for the day at Doncaster Station.

After arriving in Hope, they set off walking through hilly and muddy terrain, stopping at a scenic point next to the river to cook sausage, beans and bacon on camping stoves.

Then they set off on the two-mile hike through Castleton and up the hill to Speedwell Cavern.

Descending 105 steps, they climbed aboard a small boat which took them into the 200-year-old lead mine.