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China trip: Practice walk 1

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.

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!

There will be another walk at the same time next week, which will build further on preparation for the expedition.
 

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