Essex Scouts complete the Cotswold Way

8th May 2015

 

Over the 2 weeks of the Easter school holidays, a group of 24 Scouts from Stanford–Le–Hope in Essex completed the entire Cotswold Way.

Their adventure began   on the Sunday in a cold and damp Westerly wind, but unperturbed by the weather the young people began their expedition keen and up-beat. The youngest Scout, still in primary school was only 10 ½ years old, with the oldest Scout just 17. Many photographs were taken at the Market Hall in Chipping Campden as the group prepared to set off, and by 11 o’clock they were on their way.

Some days were much more challenging than others, but the Scouts progressed unabated at an incredible pace often coming close to an average walking pace of 5Km per hour.

By the second week the sun was out. This made the walking easier, and with the terrain becoming less rugged certainly made the days more enjoyable. At the pace that they were doing, the young people may not have taken in much of the beautiful scenery, but were more intent on getting to the end point each day. Every day they achieved their target and usually arrived ahead of the planned time.

Their walk culminated at the Abbey in Bath on the second Friday. The images on the right show the Scouts arriving and being greeted by a massive welcoming party made up of families, friends, Scout Leaders and District Officers, all of whom had travelled down specifically for the final home-coming.

Completing the Cotswold Way in such a good time was a massive achievement for the Scouts and adults involved, and a lifetime memorable activity for all of them.

Congratulations to all involved! 

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Essex Scouts at Bath Abbey
Essex Scouts arriving at Bath Abbey