Duke of Edinburgh Open Silver and Gold Expeditions

As lockdown measures are reduced we are pleased to be able to offer a number of dates for you to complete your DofE expedition. We follow Public Health England guidelines for social-distancing and have revised many of our operational procedures in the light of guidance from recognised authorities.

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 usually 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.

Gold Practice or Qualifying expedition
2021 Dates
April 5-9 Snowdonia
April 5-9 Peak District
April 12-16 Lake District
July 19-23 Lake District
July 26-30 Peak District
August 2-6 Lake District
August 26-30 Lake District
October 18-22 Dartmoor
October 25-29 Dartmoor
Price £280

Gold Combined price of practice and qualifying expedition £520

Silver Practice or Qualifying expedition
2021 Dates
April 5-8 Snowdonia
April 5-8 Peak District
April 12-15 Lake District
July 19-22 Lake District
July 26-29 Peak District
August 2-5 Lake District
August 26-29 Lake District
October 18-21 Dartmoor
October 25-28 Dartmoor
Price £195

Silver Combined price of practice and qualifying expedition £345

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

We are really glad you are considering choosing us for your expedition; 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 14. If you are coming with a friend then great: we will do our best to put you in the same group/ tent as your friend but we cannot guarantee it.

Sunrise from Mam Tor, Peak District

Peak District

We meet at Edale Train Station at 13:32 (when the train arrives on day 1) and our camp site is a short walk from the station. We return to Edale at the end of the expedition by 16:30 and you will be able to catch the train at 17:30 back South or 17:47 to Manchester.

Descent towards Derwent Water, Lake District

Lake District

Usually we promote the use of public transport and have routes worked around the trains. However, with Covid-19 we would prefer you to arrive by private transport due to the reduction of infection. We will start and finish in Keswick. After the expedition you can catch the bus/ train home or be picked up in the town.

Evening views on the Rhinogs, Snowdonia

Snowdonia

We meet and finish at Betws-y-coed. There is an afternoon train heading across the border to England.

One of the many Tors on Dartmoor

Dartmoor

We meet and finish in Princetown. It is a short journey from there to the station at Ivybridge if you are catching the train home.

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.