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 options!) we give a small discount if you book both expeditions with us.
During the year we use recognised Wild Country areas of the UK such as the Peak District, Snowdonia and the Lake District.
Gold Training and practice expedition
April 8-12 Peak District (full)
April 16-20 Peak District
Gold Practice or Qualifying expedition
May 25-29 Peak District
July 8-12 Lake District
July 12-16 Dartmoor
July 15-19 Lake District (full)
July 22-26 Snowdonia (full)
October 21-25 Peak District
October 28-1 Nov Peak District
October 28-1 Nov Lake District
Gold Combined price of practice and qualifying expedition £450
Silver training and practice expedition
April 6-8th North Downs
April 9-12th Peak District
April 16-19th Peak District
Silver Practice or Qualifying expedition
May 25-28 Peak District
July 8-11 Lake District
July 15-18 Lake District (full)
July 22-25 Snowdonia (full)
Oct 21-24 Peak District
Oct 28-31 Peak District
Oct 28-31 Lake District
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 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.
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.
For 2019 we will meet at Staveley Train Station at 14:30 on day 1 and finish at Windermere train station by 16:30 (it’s on the same branch line from Oxenholme station). At the end of the expedition you can catch the 17:40 train to Oxenholme and then South or North from there.
We meet at Betws-y-coed train station at 14:00 (train arrives at 13:58) and finish again at Betws-y-coed by 16:30 and there is a train departing at 18:03 heading across the border to England.
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! We will provide food for the first night (possibly a BBQ or take-away or something different) depending on the weather.
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 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.