Peggy's walking 'journey'

Posted by   Sandra on    March 31, 2015

Peggy on Exmoor

Congratulations to Peggy Ellison who recently completed Level 2 of the Girlguiding Walking Scheme. She tells her story in her own words:

My walking journey

For the last two years I have been on an incredible walking journey. It all started one evening in March 2013 at my first Level 1 training. I started out with very little knowledge of map reading, yet alone using a map to walk with. After many hours of studying maps I began to know my symbols and started planning routes. I gained my Level 1 qualification in August 2013.

Taking care over a stile

This then prompted me to continue towards my level 2. I attended a walking level 2 training weekend in September 2013 on Dartmoor. It was tremendously bad weather, but that didn’t stop us going onto the moor.

Two intrepid walkers

In September 2014 I returned to Dartmoor for the level 2 assessment weekend. I gained valuable knowledge and the skills for night navigation. In between all of this I have completed 20 log book walks in open country either on Dartmoor, Exmoor or Bodmin Moor.

On Bodmin Moor

I completed my level 2 assessment walk on Saturday 14th March 2015. The weather was dry but crisp from an overnight frost. We wrapped up warm and set off around Bodmin Moor. I led a group of 6, two being under 18 years of age. We looked at a logan stone (even made it rock), found three very prominent stone circles and an old cross way-marker, all were very interesting features. We circled Roughtor and viewed it from all sides. I am very proud to have got this far with my walking but couldn’t have done it without the encouragement from friends and other Guiders. I thank them all for their help and patience. I am now passionate about walking and can’t wait for my next adventure.

Peggy Ellison

Teaching map-reading

Peggy will now help with training and assessing other adults for Level 1 in Girlguiding Cornwall, and no doubt the girls as well!