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August 2017

Day Twelve Dover to Durness

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We did it! After our final 2 days in the Highlands the D2D team dipped their wheels in the sea at Durness on Sunday afternoon. This marks the end of a great 800 mile journey from Dover. The adventure continues as we head to Cape Wrath this morning, thankfully on a ferry rather than a bike! Thanks to everyone for their support, kind words and donations. We look forward to heading home tomorrow to tell everyone about our adventure. The D2D team. 

Please visit www.justgiving.com/OakhillThePeruMission to support our cause

 

Day Eleven Dover to Durness

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Today we awoke to a rainy morning and were treated to a full Scottish breakfast at a local hotel in Braemar by Mr. Lutwyche. This was an excellent treat which allowed us to avoid both the rain and the midgies.

Day Ten Dover To Durness

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This morning we woke up to nice weather and we could see the mist over the Cairngorms mountains and the sun creating a fantastic atmosphere for our ninth day of riding.

We ride through quiet country roads and had coffee in Perth. We then visited Scone Palace where the kings of Scotland were crowned.

 

Day Nine Dover To Durness

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Today we left Melrose early in the sunshine and had a great start climbing through a valley towards Edinburgh.

Then we enjoyed a great downhill into the city and lunch in Dalmeny.

Day Eight Dover To Durness

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Today we started off in Chollerford (England) and we concluded the ride in Melrose (Scotland) a distance of 67 miles.

The border between the two countries was something that the group was looking forward to;  I certainly realised just how big England is…

Day Seven Dover To Durness

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Today we left Danby Wiske in North Yorkshire and enjoyed many miles of quiet country lanes.  We then passed into County Durham and had a morning coffee in Shildon.

The biggest shock for many today was the introduction of hills to our route after 5 days of cycling in flat country.

We had four big climbs, three of which were before lunch so we were glad to see the minibus in Lanchester to raid it for cake.

Day Six Dover To Durness

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We started day 6 of our great adventure beneath a clear and cloudless sky.

Our route north first took us along the southern bank of the river Humber to the inland seaport of Goole.

We then crossed the river Ouse at Boothferry Bridge, the lowest bridging point on the river before the construction of the great Humber Suspension Bridge.

Day Five Dover To Durness

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We woke up this morning to nice sunny weather, looking forward to another sunny day of cycling. The route started with a small batch of Lincolnshire hills which led on to a flat patch, then back to hills towards the end of the day.

During the bike ride, we stopped off in Lincoln for a coffee break and to meet up with a couple of Mr Lutwyche’s childhood friends.

About 10 miles later we passed the RAF Scampton, which is where the “Dambuster” aeroplanes of World War 2 set off to war. We paid our respects to the fallen airmen at the memorial dedicated to those that died at war for the country.

Day Four Dover To Durness

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Day 4 and we planned to progress north from Cambridge to Lincolnshire. Flat with a westerly breeze and blue skies; a perfect journey in the making!

After battling with the numerous workers for the campsite showers, we set off at 8:03; only three minutes later than Mr Peel expected. With firm instruction for no more punctures, at pain of death, all was well. We delivered the first 15 miles at great pace and enjoyed a delightfully unhealthy trip to the local bakery in Ramsey.

The next 20 miles took us though some utterly delightful countryside. Clearly the heart of the UK’s arable farming activities with mile upon mile of crops. Jumping into Lincolnshire the crop of choice converted to potatoes with the occasional very strong odour of onions hitting us on the westerly breeze.

We enjoyed lunch at the idyllic village of Crowland and the Spar did some great trade with 10 ravenous bodies in need of sustenance. Friday lunch, and the local lads from the pub opposite were most engaging in wishing us all the best for our journey.

Finally we reached our destination of Folkingham and headed straight to the local drinking frequent to join the progressing wake. We’ll cut the blog short as the evening feast is landing on our table as I type.

Jonathan Lutwyche

Day Three Dover To Durness

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After the atrocious weather yesterday, we all woke up feeling apprehensive about the day ahead. The ride was fairly easy and fortunately the sun started to show through the clouds which made us all feel better.

We stopped off for lunch at Hatfield Broad Oak where Mrs Sutterby met us for lunch with the sandwiches that we had bought earlier and we enjoyed the short break before heading on to the campsite in Chittering, which is just north of Cambridge.

Today was by far the worst day for punctures, with 8 popped tyres, but we’ve had a good dinner and are all feeling ready for the days that lie ahead!

Tyler Phillips and Louis Coupe

Day Two Dover To Durness

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Today was a day of two halves for the D2D team.  We started our 800 mile adventure this morning, leaving the cliffs of Dover in glorious sunshine under blue skies. We then enjoyed the rest of the morning cycling along quiet lanes through the Kent countryside.

Unfortunately the afternoon brought a change in weather and garden of England quickly became more like a big pond, receiving a months rainfall in one afternoon! Battling through the rain and endless puddles our team bravely made it to the Thames estuary.  The original plan was to cross on the Tilbury ferry but due to the weather we had to opt for Mrs. Sutterby’s bus instead!  We are now heading to the campsite to dry out and then the pub to get fed!  60 miles covered today and hopefully we’ve had all the rain for the entire journey.

Fingers crossed for a dry day tomorrow.

Mr Peel

Day One Dover to Durness

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It was an early start to Dover and after a big send off from parents and Mr Baron, we set out on our 800 mile cycling adventure.

Most students had a sleep and (not so unfortunately) missed the adults singing the White Cliffs of Dover as we approached the South Coast.

After a couple of motorway stops we arrived in glorious sunshine, took our bikes of the trailer and headed to the beach to dip our back tyres in the English Channel before heading out on our journey from the south easterly tip of Dover to the far north westerly tip of Scotland.

It was a tough start from the coast up the cliffs but once we had reached the summit, it was a nice flat ride to the campsite. So far it has been nice weather and we hope it stays that way.

Once we got to the campsite, we set up our tents and unpacked for the first night.

You can still donate and leave a message of support for the team using the link below:

www.justgiving.com/OakhillThePeruMission

By Alex Lutwyche and James Sutterby

Year 6 Leavers Assembly

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On the last Thursday before we finished for the Summer term, we wished our Year 6 pupils good luck as they prepared to leave the Prep school and begin another journey in the Seniors. The children recounted their memories of their time in school so far and led prayers in a special leavers’ assembly held in their honour.

Some special awards were also given out during the assembly.  Matthew was this year’s winner of The Principal’s Cup. Thomas was presented with the Music and Drama Award for his singing and acting talents. Christopher and James were awarded the General Progress Award and Felicity received the Sport’s Award. The Service to the School Award went to Ruby and Abigail was given the Outstanding Achievement Award. Head Girl, Sorcha was awarded for her Consistent Effort.

Merit awards were also given to Isabelle from Year 2, Rocco from Year 4 and Maisey from Year 5 for earning lots of merits throughout the year.

Well done everybody and good luck Year 6! We will miss you all but make sure you you come back and visit to tell us how you’re getting on.

Year 10 Visit Hardwick Hall

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The delightful Year 10 historians travelled to the Elizabethan period on a recent visit to Hardwick Hall. Bess of Hardwick was the second richest woman in England, having risen from lowly Gentry status through 4 marriages. By all accounts she was likeable and witty and had considerable business acumen. This enabled her to build the hall in her 60s and furnish it to a luxurious and extravagant standard.

In fact, Hardwick Hall is the ultimate in status symbols with all the modern features of the period: glass windows, fireplaces, stone staircases, tall ceilings and a long gallery to rival the best. Bess hoped her granddaughter would become Queen and built her home for royalty but no royal ever visited there. However, Bess was the matriarch of the Cavendish family who became the Dukes of Devonshire, housed at Chatsworth.

Year 10 were super on the trip and enjoyed seeing all aspects of their classroom learning come to life. They now need to pull all their research together in a summer project. Well done, Year 10 and I look forward to seeing the results.