Duke of Edinburgh Open Expeditions

We offer a number of DofE open Silver and Gold expeditions for those individuals who for one reason or another are unable to attend the expedition their school or college offer, or for those who are part of a group but not large enough to form their own self-supporting expedition.

For these expeditions we meet at train stations and the initial camp site is within walking distance nearby. You can choose to do both the training and practice expedition with us as well as the qualifying or vice versa. As an incentive (and because we think we offer excellent practice and qualifying expeditions!) we give a small discount if you book both expeditions with us.

During the year we use recognised DofE Wild Country areas of the UK such as the Peak District, Dartmoor, Snowdonia and the Lake District.

2022 Gold Practice or Qualifying expedition
11-15 April Peak District (finishes on Good Friday)
30 May – 3 June Snowdonia (summer half term)
30 May – 3 June Peak District (now full)
25-29 July Peak District
1-5 August Lake District
31 August – 4 September Dartmoor
31 August – 4 September Lake District
24-28 October Dartmoor
Price £300 (inc VAT)

Gold Combined price of training, practice and qualifying expedition £580 (inc VAT)

Silver Practice or Qualifying expedition
2022 Dates
11-14 April Peak District
30 May-2 June Snowdonia (summer half term)
25-28 July Peak District
1-4 August Lake District
Price £195 (inc VAT)

For 2022 we offer a 6 day Silver Combined practice and qualifying expedition £360 (inc VAT) for direct entrants
or 5 day combined practice and qualifying expedition (practice 2 days 2 nights followed by the standard 3 day qualifying expedition) for £300 (inc VAT) for those who have completed Bronze section of the award.

Please note these prices include the use of our tents, stoves, gas, maps, compasses and ruck sacks.

If you are interested in attending one of our expeditions please do contact us for more information or click here to book yourself onto our courses.

Our Base camp locations and the format for Open DofE Expeditions

You will be forming a group with other individuals from all around the UK. Overall we do not have huge groups and our maximum size on an expedition is 16. If you are coming with a friend then great: we will put you in a group with your friend. Hopefully that makes joining an open expedition a little less daunting!

Sunrise from Mam Tor, Peak District

Peak District

We usually meet at Hope train station and our base camp site is a short walk from the station. During the week there is the opportunity to explore the wilder remote areas of Kinder Scout as well as pass through beautiful hamlets and villages along the way.

Descent towards Derwent Water, Lake District

Lake District

We usually explore the area around Kentmere, a quieter area of the Lake District. The expedition starts at Staveley and often finish either in Staveley or Windermere. After the expedition you can catch the bus/ train home or be picked up in the town. Alternatively, we meet in Keswick in the northern area and explore areas around Derwent Water and the Borrowdale valley.

Evening views on the Rhinogs, Snowdonia

Snowdonia

Having not had an expedition in Wales for 2020 or 2021 we are excited to be heading back there again for 2022. We usually meet and finish at Betws-y-coed, we have options of exploring the areas around the Conwy Valley, Moelwyns, Capel Curig and the Llyn Cowlyd Reservoir depending on the preferences of the group.

One of the many Tors on Dartmoor

Dartmoor

We meet and finish in either Princetown or Ivybridge and usually use the southern half of Dartmoor. During the expedition you will have the opportunity to wild camp in some amazing places- including settlements once home to people in the Bronze age. We also use camp sites with showers and basic facilities along the way.

Outline Plan

For the expedition- Silver or Gold- we meet on Day 1 and get to know each other. That’s also a chance to sort out kit, food, tents, the proposed route (given the weather conditions need to be considered) and possibly a short walk to at least make sure you leave the camp site heading in the right direction and on the right foot path!

Then you have a 3 day (Silver) or 4 day (Gold) expedition ahead.
You will be supervised by a qualified instructor for the entire time of the expedition but you will need to be self-sufficient over the 3 or 4 days.

The open DofE expedition price includes use of a map, camp site fees, a tent, stove/ fuel and a ruck sack that you may need to borrow. Alternatively, please do bring your own equipment and we are very happy for you to use your own provided that we think it is suitable. We will provide you with a much more detailed kit list of items we expect you to bring on the expedition.

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