Intrepid youngsters take on Ten Tors challenge
Hundreds of intrepid teenagers were due to set off for the 52nd annual Ten Tors challenge across Dartmoor this morning.
Teenagers from schools, clubs and organisations from across the Westcountry gathered at Okehampton last night ready for the off at 7am.
The teenagers will trek unaided over 35, 45 or 55 miles of some of the toughest terrain and highest peaks in southern England.
Tavistock Community College alone has 32 students in six teams taking part.
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A group of 14 City College Plymouth students with physical and learning difficulties are also taking part in the Ten Tors Jubilee Challenge.
The challenge is designed specifically for young people with special needs, both physical and educational.
It will see the students trek 12 to 14 miles across the moors.
City college Vocational access student, Jonathon Sillifant, 18, said yesterday: "I have never done Ten Tors before but I am ready to go. I am a little nervous about it, but we'll be fine when we get going." Another vocational access student, Beth Penwarden, 18, added: "I really can't wait.
" We've done a lot of training and it's time to put in into practice."
Independent living skills student, David Adams, 19, added: "This is my first time doing Ten Tors, but I'm really excited."