...... and back again





Today we woke up to a brilliant sunny morning and had breakfast on the stern before heading back out to sea and round to Wareham going past The Needles on the Isle of Wight. Over the last two days we have covered around 70 nautical miles and had 12 hours sailing. We have had force 3 - 5 and sea state of slight to moderate. I am now an expert at making coffee whilst at 30 degree tilt. However, that means I have to use the loo on the same angle which is not so easy.

Wareham to Lymington by Yacht .......

 British Sailing Weather




Last night I jumped on my Friend's yacht and this morning we headed out down the Wareham Channel and into Poole Harbour. We headed out along the Dorset coast and then the Hampshire coast before arrivng at Lymington Yacht Haven for the evening. The weather suring the day started off wet and windy and I had a few minutes of feeling rough until I got my sea legs. Tha latter half of the day was much better and we were sailinmg along at 7knts with the sun trying to come out.

Walking the Jurassic Coast





Yesterday and today I have been working for Adventure Cafe on a Swanage to Weymouth sponsored walk for Great Ormond Street Hospital. 42 Clients started and 42 finished the 38km route. It was very windy on route and this made the going hard at times. Well done to everyone.

I am currently sitting on my friends yacht in Wareham and intend to be sailing for the next 4 days

Surfing at Croyde





Today I took 5 BFD Sport and Outdoor Ed students surfing with their tutor to Croyde. 4 were beginners and one had done a bit before. By the end of the session, 3 of them were standing for a short while. The waves were not great for learning but the weather was fine and sunny.

This was my last day for Bridgwater College for this academic year and I have the next three months to work on my own projects until I return in September.

Another 2 days on Exmoor




 Max, Gail and I hard at work

Back out again yesterday and today with the other half of the students for the same 2 day expedition. This was a mirror image of the previous one with hot and sunny weather on day one with heavy rain overnight and into this morning. It was a windy as ever. Well done to the 2 teams who made it all the way to the pick up point.

Back on Exmoor




 Col, Gail and I enjoying the sunshine

Yesterday and Today I was on Exmoor with Level 2 Public Services Students for a 2 day expedition as part of their Outdoor Education Modules. On Monday we walked with them in their groups to check their skills and help them improve. On Tuesday they were let loose on their own to complete the challenge.

Bronze D of E, Exmoor




After attending my cousins wedding yesterday morning I headed out onto Exmoor to join up with Haygrove School and the 71 students on their D of E Bronze Expedition. 12 groups out in all making their way from Dunster to County Gate.

Climbing in Llanberis Pass




 Climbers on Dinas Mot

Today we packed up and headed home but stopped for a few hours climbing on the Pont Y Gromlech Slabs in Llanberis Pass. There were teams out enjoying the nice weather on Dinas Mot.

We have been staying at Ben's Bunkhouse this week and I can't recommend it highly enough

Completing the Marin Trail





Today Gemma and I took the students back to Betws Y Coed and onto the Marin Trail. This is a 25km red graded mountain bike route. 7 out of the 8 students completed the trail. Weather was stunning today and may even be described as a tad warm.

Crib Goch in the wet





Today we headed up to Pen Y Pass and after a discussion the whole group decided to take on Crib Goch. We headed on upto a wet ridge and made progress along the ridge upto Garnedd Ugain. Due to the weather deteriating and having completed our objective for the day we decided to miss out the main summit and head down the Llanberis path and back to the bunkhouse. Well done to those who were not so keen on heights. The weather today was pretty wet but not as bad as expected.

Gorge Walking in Snowdonia





Today I had an early start and headed upto North Wales with a group of Level 4 students for a week based in Snowdonia. On the way we stopped for a trip up the Afon Ddu Gorge.

3 Days at Wimbleball Lake

 View from my tent




For the last 3 days I have been up at Wimbleball Lake working with Haygrove School on their Year 8 Camp. 72 students and 10 staff are taking part in Canoeing, Climbing, High Ropes, Walking and Mountain Biking over the 3 days. I spent most of the time working on the High Ropes course. The weather was kind to us with just a short sharp shower yesterday evening.

Orienteering, Ramscombe

Another day on the Quantock Hills today with Level 4 students running orienteering exercises for the Level 2 students. A great day was had by all the the course was run well and everyone learnt something. Weather was good again today.

Forgot my camera today so no pics.

3 Days on Dartmoor





 For the last 3 days I have benn out on Dartmoor with Level 4 students. During the trip we went climbing, walking and explored the River Plym. Mainly pleasant (but windy) weather with only one very heavy shower whilst climbing.