Sponsored Walk 23.9.22

23 September 2022 |

The Okehampton College Sponsored Walk is a well established, essential part, of the academic year here at the College. An Event that involves and brings together all students from year 7 to Year 13, involving staff and students in what is both a challenging and fun event. Our Year 13 students having the responsibility of marshalling the route and ensuring all students and both encouraged and sent the right way! The had the pleasure to walking the route the day before – they didn’t want to miss out on walking the route.

We are fortunate to live in one of the most spectacular areas of the UK and fortunate enough to be able to access this directly from the college grounds.

It was with some alarm that the forecast earlier in the week did not look promising for the event on Friday, however luck was on our side and with the forecast changing Friday was a perfect day, not too hot, dry with the sun shining. Students and Staff set off as tutor groups, with our older tutor groups leaving last, in 2 opposite directions. Both routes are a demanding start to get straight up to Dartmoor via the Army Camp or Belstone – however as we all know with great challenge comes great reward.

Students are rewarded with a loop around Belstone Tor, Winter Tor and Cullevers steps, the day meant views were distant and the sun allowed tutor groups to sit for lunch and enjoy each-others company. In total 8 miles of challenging walking is completed by all our students and staff.

The walk has 2 aims

  • To encourage tutor groups to be involved in a common challenge and get to know each other
  • To raise money for charities (along with Dartmoor National Park). This year our chosen charities are
  • Devon Air Ambulance
  • Cancer Support
  • Refugee Support Devon

We have been successful in our first aim, however work continues with raising money for our charities – I would ask and encourage you all to give generously to both support these great causes and show your acknowledgement of the challenge our students have completed.

Matt Bailey – PE Department, Okehampton College