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Posted on: 13 March 2017

South Downs Way Challenge Gets Underway

Last Saturday 23 Year 9 and 10 students set off from Winchester to Exton Village on the first leg of the South Downs Way.

The students arrived at 9.00am and were keen to get started, despite many having been signed up by their parents!   For some of them this was a warm up for the trip to Borneo in 2018. The trail led the group over the M3 and into the rolling hills in almost perfect walking weather, not too hot, not too cold and with good visibility. This section of the trail is relatively flat compared to later sections but still involved climbing Cheesefoot Head at 176m and the first of many ‘Beacon Hills’ at 201m.  There are many of these beacons along the South Downs Way, which were originally the locations of fires lit to warn of the Spanish Armada.

There was a great atmosphere with some of the Year 9 students even using it as an opportunity to revise for their upcoming exams by testing each other on An Inspector Calls quotations! There were some sore feet and muscles though as we reached the hill overlooking Exton Village and the welcome news that it was ‘downhill all the way back to the minibus’.  The downhill was quite steep though as well as muddy with inevitable consequences!  Muddy and tired we arrived back to TPS hopefully ready for the next leg on 25 March. Thanks go to Mr Brettell, Ms Westbury and Mr Clewley for helping make it possible.

Mrs Tupper - Head of Faculty