Moorsway Federation children complete Moors Challenge
On Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd June, 3 teams of Year 6 children from Moorsway Federation (The Erme, Cornwood and Shaugh Prior Primary Schools), took part in the Junior Ten Tors Challenge.
The Challenge involves walking to 10 different tors on Dartmoor over one and a half days, covering a distance of 18 miles. Although supported by adults from the schools, the children have to navigate themselves around the moor.
The three teams of children along with their adult helpers started their adventure at Cadover Bridge on Friday morning. They were soon navigating their way across Dartmoor between their chosen tors. The weather was near perfect and the children successfully followed their route and met with the other teams at the campsite near Princetown at about 5 o’clock. They had walked over 12 miles to get there. Once at the campsite they put up their tents and cooked their tea on trangia camping stoves. After an evening of entertainment from children from the 7 schools, and being eaten alive by midges, it was time to get some well-earned rest before day 2 of the expedition.
Everyone was awake very early and by 8am all the tents were packed away and all 3 teams from the Federation combined to walk the second day together.
By lunch time the last tor was in sight. In the distance the children could see the matchstick like figures of parents eagerly awaiting their return.
By 12.15 it was all over. The children trudged up the last tor, Leeden Tor, to complete their challenge, very proud of their achievements, if a little tired.