16th Morecambe & Heysham Scouts

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BOWLANDER HIKING COMPETITION

31 March/1 April 2007

Bowlander Trophy

Congratulations to our team on winning this prestigious event in Scouting's centenary year. 20 teams from all around West Lancs competed to take home the magnificent trophy made by the late Max Melling, former District Commissioner for Morecambe & Heysham.

The team pictured at Dunsop Bridge eagerly awaiting the start. 

The teams assembled early, very early, on Saturday morning in the idyllic surroundings of Dunsop Bridge in Bowland on a beautiful clear and sunny day.

Their route of around 19 km's took them up Langden Brook and over Fiendsdale Head to Bleasdale and down the River Brock to High Brock Mill before returning to Waddecar campsite near Inglewhite. The skill was to prepare a comprehensive Route Plan for the hike and to keep accurately to the timings set out whilst navigating the route. The teams achieved this with varying degrees of success no doubt learning valuable lessons along the way!

The participants camped overnight at Waddecar preparing their meals on lightweight stoves and were judged on all aspects of good camping. A similar hike was carried out on Sunday, although thankfully, for the Scouts, on this occasion of somewhat shorter length. The route this time was around Beacon Fell and Bleasdale and was around 10 km's. Again, the weather was magnificent - dry and sunny but with a cool wind.

When all the points were totted up 16th Morecambe were clear winners and returned with the trophy to Lonsdale. Max would have been particularly delighted as his gt grandson was a member of the victorious team.

Trophy presentation at WaddecarYes!!! - to the winners, the spoils.