Cornish Endurance 2011
A group of weary travellers have returned from an outdoor pursuits expedition to Cornwall, aptly titled Cornish Endurance 2011. The aim of the challenge was to complete 100 miles by various means including a marathon coastal walk of the Lands End peninsular, a full day sea kayaking, a coast to coast mountain bike of the Tinners Trails and a 24 hour navigation exercise over Bodmin Moor. The group commenced the week based at Falmouth Backpacker Lodge and also spent two nights under canvas at Bodmin. The pupils were delighted to achieve 100.5 miles in 5 days.
The pupils write:
Day 1 treated us well with excellent weather making the 26 mile coastal walk well worth every mile and every spectacular view. The sea kayaking on day 2 was very challenging with constant drizzle and strong headwinds making the going very tough giving us stunning sea views of the coast line from Swanpool to Helford Passage.
A 40 mile coast to coast mountain bike on the Miners trails was very demanding in some damp conditions. The improvement in the weather in the afternoon made this a most testing but rewarding day’s cycling and culminated in high spirits in achieving the miles.
The navigation of Bodmin Moor including a night in bivi bags in a small copse was especially difficult with poor conditions testing all our skills. A swim and walk to St Mary Immaculate in Falmouth for Mass completed the 100 miles.
Thank you to Judi at Falmouth Lodge and the accompanying school staff who supported the challenge.