On 15th February 2017, the Duke of Edinburgh boys set out on a scenic walk in the wooden valley and limestone landscape along the waterfalls of the river Mellte. Although the day started with torrential rain, the spirit amongst the 18 Year 10 students (led by Miss Rowe and accompanied by Mr Fitzpatrick, Mr Hawkins and Mrs Davies) was high, and the weather gods soon rewarded the enthusiastic group with drier conditions.
The rain had made its mark on the forestry paths and the muddy trails made progress slow and laborious in places. However, being both sensible and respectful of the conditions, the boys managed to visit three different spectacular waterfalls during the day’s walk. The most impressive of these was probably the famous Sgwd Yr Eira which allows people to walk behind the cascading water. The group gathered there and the moment was eternalised by many a selfie!
For those boys who had been disciplined enough not to eat their lunch at the first morning stop, food was enjoyed at a clearing in the forest with a beautiful view of the south-western part of the Beacons. Harry made sure he kept his energy levels up by working his way through a bunch of bananas, whereas McKenzie was thrilled to find out that strangers greet each other when out walking!
Well done to everyone involved; it was a lovely and enjoyable day.