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On the 5th – 7th June four students and four staff members from Sutherland House School participated in a two night, three day Residential in the Peak District, Derbyshire. 

We stayed at a National Trust Bunkhouse in the village of Ilam,  this is a desirable area of the Peak District as it is close to Dovedale and it is full of wonderful landscape and activities for visitors to engage with and participate in.

On Day 1 the students walked along the High Peak Trail.  Two of the stages they walked independently and met staff at the end of the section.  The group had to work and communicate together to navigate themselves along the route.  This was an amazing achievement and all the staff were very proud of the students. 

On Day 2 the group were closely supervised by staff on a circular walk around Thorpe Cloud taking in the Stepping Stones.  The group walked over the Stepping Stones and all said this was their favourite part of the journey.

On Day 3 the group were closely supervised by staff on a circular walk towards Thorpe Cloud towards the Manifold Trail.  We crossed a centuries old bridge called the Coldwall Bridge.  All the students were extremely tired at this point and displayed amazing resilience to complete the third walk.  Each walk was approximately 6-7km with an average of 15,000 steps being walked each day.

At the end of each day the students cooked their own food on a portable stove.  The first evening they cooked pasta and pasta sauce, and the second evening burgers and sausages.  In the evening they made their sandwiches for the next day and prepared themselves for a good, and very well earned, good nights sleep. 

The aim for the residential and expedition is to “use technology to make a diary of their travels”.  This aim was embedded into each walk with appropriate and relevant worksheets and photographic tick sheets. A Go Pro camera was attached and students took it in turn to share this after each leg.  The camera recorded their journey and what they were looking at.  Another student had the sports camera and photos were taken of the countryside, signs and their friends.  

This was a practice residential for the assessed expedition which will be in the first week of July.  We are staying at the same Bunkhouse in Ilam however the walks will be different. 

Finally, a massive thank you to all the staff involved and a very well done to each of the students for their tremendous effort over the two nights / three days.