It was an early wake-up on Valentine’s Day to get Ten Tors participants up to Bodmin moor to start our seventh training walk. There were four groups participating in the walk with the aim of improving their navigation skills and stamina before heading up to Dartmoor.
The 45 mile teams were dropped off on the Davidstow airfield and told to ‘chase down’ the 35 mile teams who started further along the route. The teams navigated themselves over Rough Tor and then Brown Willy, the highest point in Cornwall, before heading down to Jamaica Inn for chips and a lunch break. In the afternoon the groups headed down toward the school’s outdoor centre in Minions where they stayed the night. All of the teams pitched their tents in the diggings of the nearby mine workings and used the Minions hut to gather around the fire and dry off in the evening.
That night was extremely clear and cold, so a group of enthusiastic students decided to test themselves on micro-navigation in the dark. Accompanied by several staff members the students used bearing, pacing and timings to find small features in the landscape. At one point we turned off all of the torches and looked at the constellations as the night was so clear.
The next morning the teams woke up and left the campsite by 8am, heading down to Looe. The 45 teams had some difficult navigation but all groups managed to finish in Looe by 4pm that afternoon. It was a really great Valentine’s weekend and the weather was generally bright but cold. A huge thank you to the whole Hatcher family, Mr Mannall and Mr Mogan-Lundie for giving up their weekend to help train the Ten Tors 2015 groups.
Truro School Ten Tors Gallery
You can see more pictures from the Ten Tors team in our gallery.