St Bart’s CCF Week 2018

This year’s event took place in the Brecon Beacons with a base at Sennybridge Camp. Despite the forecast, most of Friday’s programme was completed in the dry. Kayaking on the Brecon and Abergavenny Canal proved interesting with straight-lining a rare commodity for most. The mountain biking trail consisted of a long haul to height before a speedy return to the start. Both activities were led by members of our CTT.

On Saturday, again in largely dry weather, everyone walked from Camp to the Brecons Visitor Centre or vice versa, each cadet navigating a leg. Overall, the map reading was very good and our objectives were achieved.

Unfortunately, the tops of the Brecons were still deep in snow and planned walks had to be seriously modified. Appalling weather meant abandoning camping too. But our walk still afforded panoramic views of mid Wales.

With more snow at height and heavy rain, Monday’s walk was cancelled and the climbing activity brought forward. The day was led by Hozan Edwards (a former cadet) and Tony Quinn (the RSM of Reading School CCF). This was a great experience for all with many pushing themselves to the limit.

A revised walk on Tuesday in windy but largely dry conditions took place in the south west of the Brecons. This enabled the cadets to appreciate a very different part of the Beacons.

For the last full day, a conservation activity, this year improving a footpath in the southern Brecons. A near impassable path of water and deep mud was made accessible by a series of planked walkways which the group helped to complete.

All agreed that despite the disappointment of not being able to ascend Pen y Fan or camp overnight, the week had been a success. Hopefully, more will join us for our Easter 2019 AT week next year.