During the summer, four Upper Sixth pupils ventured up to Fort William, on the West coast of Scotland, to complete both the training and the final assessment for their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. With rolling hills, sea views and stunning sunsets, the position could not have been better for the cyclists.

Kristian Manton–Dever, Henry Elsey, Jeremy Fox and Matt Court cycled 205 miles to complete the assessment, plus another 100 miles on the warm up days. The pupils began their journey at Fort William then headed to the Western-most point of UK mainland at Ardnamurchan before heading onto the Isle of Mull and circumnavigating it.


Despite a few technical issues with pannier racks, the Scottish wind, driving rain and a few midges, the hardened adventurers survived to tell the tale and all passed with flying colours. Their tight teamwork throughout was particularly noted by their assessors.

Head of the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme at Dean Close, Caz Hatchell, said: “The location was beautiful and the cyclists dealt with the conditions incredibly well.”