Kingsbury Green Academy students had a first-hand taste of nomadic life when they trekked 70km through the High Atlas mountains in Morocco.

The students had been looking forward to trekking in Romania in the summer of 2021, but the Covid travel rules meant that trip could not go ahead. When the rules were relaxed it was decided that the weather in Morocco in early spring was more suitable for trekking.

Nine students, who had all practiced trekking from their Calne school to the Cherhill Downs to build up their fitness, went on the eight-day trip. They were accompanied by three members of staff and were supported by Bedouin guides.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Kingsbury Green Academy trekkers back from Morocco to the chillier climes of Calne.Kingsbury Green Academy trekkers back from Morocco to the chillier climes of Calne.

Simon Parry, curriculum coordinator for geography and outdoor education at the school, said: “It was beautifully sunny, with temperatures around 25C during the day, but at night-time it got down close to freezing.”

He added: “The students also got to experience the culture of Marrakesh and the souks. And the dry high mountains and deep canyons of the Todra Gorge were stunning.

“I’m sure that the students will remember this experience for the rest of their lives, each of them learned that when they put their mind to it they can push themselves far further than they thought.”