Solstice Night Hike 2014
Friday night 20th June 2014, twelve 4th Frodsham Scouts were joined by two Scouts from 1st Norley in an overnight hike in North Wales to celebrate the summer solstice. Weather looked ideal with sunny clear skies, so there were strong hopes of star gazing after sunset and superb sun rise a 4:42am!
The walk started near Berth Farm to pick up the Offa's Dyke path and headed south to Penycloddiau where we could get a good view of the sun set over Snowdonia.
Unfortunately, though after the sunset the sky clouded over so we were not able to do any stargazing, so we decided to brew hot chocolate using our new light weight hike cookers and bivvy down in some hollows to sleep with the clouds as our tent roof!
We rose with great spirits at 4:30am, well at least some of us did, but the low cloud cover obscured the sunrise. We leisurely packed up our sleeping bags (some people found the marshmallow that escaped being eaten in the night), did a litter sweep of the mound and headed south along Offa's Dyke Path to Moel Arthur to complete the night hike.
We walked in three groups, stopping along the way so that the Scouts could practice their map skills (some might say it was to enable the "old man" a rest). The skies cleared as we walked and we go some wonderful views across to Snowdonia in the west, Wirral to the North East and the cheshire plains to the East. By the time we reached the top of Moel Arthur, at 7am, we had blue skies and a light breeze.
We had our closing parade around the stone marker on Moel Arthur, during which we invested 7 new members into the Scout troop.
We then headed down to our hike end point where we met Ron Sayle, had our final Group photo before heading to Tesco's in Mold for a cooked breakfast (more hot chocolate) then headed back to HQ and home (no doubt a few had an afternoon siesta and one adult helper went straight of to work!).
Well done to the 14 Scouts who completed the night hike and my thanks to the Scout Leaders (Oli Chambers and Alison Thorpe) and two Adult helpers who gave up their Friday night and Saturday morning to make this adventure possible for the Scouts and myself. Look forward to another Solistic overnight hike next year.
Parents can see and download all the photographs from the event (once logged in) from the event folder within the Scout Section of the gallery here
AGSL, 4th Frodsham Scout Group