Qualifying Expedition: Success!

I just spent the past four days walking in the surrounding area of Calais, France, for my Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. In my group of seven we walked approximately 85km (53 miles) over the four days and camped at a site near Cap Blanc Nez, which is a WW2 memorial. We caught the ferry from Dover in Kent and after an hour and a half we were in Calais. Needless to say, this post has nothing to do with Portugal!

Day 1: Fresh off the ferry.
Day 1: Whilst we were having a 5minute break on the beach we had a pretty sight.
Day 1: Whilst we were having a 5minute break on the beach we saw a pretty sight.

On the first day we were fully kitted out with our heavy rucksacks, trangias and tents and walked the 16 km in the rain on the beach to the campsite. This was then followed by two 26km-days with just our small backpacks and on the 4th day we packed up our rucksacks and walked back to Calais, in the rain. It was tough on the feet but we made it :)

Day 2: A 'Selfie' taken at Cap Gris Nez, 13km from the campsite.
Day 2: A ‘selfie’ taken at Cap Gris Nez, 13km from the campsite.
Day 2: A shipwreck on the beach at Wissant. The tide was very quickly coming in so I had to take this quickly :)
Day 2: A shipwreck on the beach at Wissant. The tide was very quickly coming in so I had to take this quickly :)
Day 3: Circular route walking 26km only using a GPS. This was our lunch spot.
Day 3: Circular route walking 26km only using a GPS. This was our lunch spot.
Day 4: Our return to Calais. The home stretch!
Day 4: Our return to Calais. The home stretch!

Why the heck did I do this? This was our ‘qualifying expedition’, which meant that if I successfully passed (ie. didn’t throw in the towel because it rained a little) I could go on a THREE WEEK expedition to SOUTH AFRICA. This means that there will be three weeks of blog silence (sorry!) but when I return I’ll post about my trip and then I’m returning to Portugal for a month so I’ll be posting very regularly! Woohoo!

The Rusty Jelly Beans!
The Rusty Jelly Beans!
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