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China Trip: Practice Walks

08 Jun 2017


With less than a month to go until the College's first overseas expedition, which will feature trekking along the Great Wall of China and a challenging hike to the summit of Mount Siguniang  in the country's Sichuan Province, it was time to step up the fitness training required for students to get the most from this incredible 'once in a lifetime' experience.

Practice Walk 1

Meeting at the College on Sunday, 4th June at 10 am - too early perhaps for some - the group embarked on a 12 mile walk, at a good pace, which took them through Hanwell to the River Brent, and south down the riverside path through Brentford on to Syon Park. After making their way through Isleworth, we then crossed Richmond Lock, taking in some culture by the way of a brief stroll through Richmond Palace before stopping for lunch on the nearby green.

It was a glorious day to collectively stretch our legs, and we began our return to the College by hiking along the River Thames as far as Kew Bridge before heading north, through South Ealing and eventually back to the College, the group having earned themselves a good rest.

12 miles negotiated well, a few pairs of walking boots broken in, and excitement really growing for the trip!

Practice Walk 2 and 3

The countdown for the China trip is now ticking at less than a week! On Saturday our first overseas expedition group will depart from the College to Beijing, and excitement continues to grow. Over the last few weeks, the group have managed to successfully deal with two more practice walks, both testing the distance capabilities of the students, and factoring in some hill climbing to compliment endurance.

In our first walk, we followed a branch of the Grand Union Canal from Ealing round Hayes towards Northolt, coming out at the man-made hills of Northala fields. From here, we were able to take in some nice views of West London, topped off with an ice cream from Mr Whippy himself. After making our way back to the College, we had covered an impressive 12 and a half miles.

The second walk followed the Capital Ring, passing through Hanwell and then Perivale before leading the group towards a climb of Horsenden Hill, which again provided some picturesque views of the surroundings. A slightly shorter walk in order to ensure students were well rested for the challenges to come, this still tested the ability of students in hot weather.

Keep your eye on the blog for further updates from what promises to be the adventure of a lifetime.

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