Duke of Edinburgh is "a voluntary, non competitive programme of leisure activities for those aged 14 - 25, designed to offer a personal and individual challenge". There are three levels, bronze, silver then gold, for each level you have to do two tramps, for us here in New Zealand it is done in the Waitakere Ranges. I had my second bronze tramp today and i hated it. absolutely hated it. It is so tiring, the first day was hill for around and hour then many more hills and then the next day we all slept terribly and we had to walk up a very steep hill for an hour and a half (fun i know). Wow aren't i being positive. But the Waitakere Ranges are stunning, so stunning and it was just us, it's not like people are walking through that route every day, we left the first footprints after a group days or weeks ago. It was nice just to focus on walking and the pain of my body, rather than all these other issues. At the end we walked along this beach for 3km, it was beautiful. It was pouring with rain, cold, windy, black sand, sky was completely grey, you saw this fog hanging over the cliffs as you look out onto this very pale blue ocean. Our footprints were the first freshly laid ones, you couldn't see anything else, it was just so peaceful.
I didn't get any photos but here are some from google
if you are up for a challenge and enjoy tramping, i would recommend this, the reason we did it
is because it looks really good on a curriculum vitae (CV)