On Friday 9th and Saturday 10th June, two teams of year 6 children from The Moorsway Federation navigated themselves around 10 of Dartmoor’s tors.
The children from The Erme Primary School in Ivybridge and Cornwood C of E Primary were taking part in the Junior Ten Tors event. The event is held every year and the aim is for teams of 8 year 6 children to navigate themselves to 10 different tors over a day and a half covering approximately 18 miles. Each team is accompanied by 2 members of school staff and the children camp out on the first night.
After 3 months of training, the children met at Cadover Bridge on the 9th June, excited and ready to face the challenge. The weather was ideal for walking and by the late afternoon both teams had reached the campsite near Princetown. After putting up their tents and cooking themselves a simple meal it was entertainment time around the campfire.
Unfortunately day two of the expedition was not so kind. Mist surrounded the campsite with heavy rain following close behind. After packing away soggy tents the children trudged to their last few tors before meeting their proud parents at Leeden Tor ,wet but with a sense of pride in what they had achieved , at around lunchtime.
Mr Hall, Executive Headteacher, and team leader of the Erme Team said “ The second day was extremely wet but the children never complained or thought about giving up. Both teams achieved something very special and should all be proud of themselves.”