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Paddling OJs

Paddling for the OJs on the River Wye 

It was a great relief to finally be able to run the Gold DofE expedition assessment for our 2020 leavers, who had waited so patiently to complete their award. An intrepid group of OJs Aro H, Beth H, Sophie P, Hugo H, Will F & Matt H went paddling on the River Wye.

With help from Hurst’s COO Dan Higgins, they set off to Glasbury for a day’s refresher of paddling and swimming. They then loaded the canoes with all their equipment and far too much food. The journey would take the team from Glasbury to Monmouth, over 100km in four days, with superb campsites and scenery along the way.

The weather was kind, although the sun did get the better of one paddler, who will remain anonymous – but plenty of suncream was required! In the evenings some fabulous meals, prepared by the team, were served, accompanied by the occasional cider to celebrate a successful venture.  

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