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 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
April 5-9 Snowdonia
April 5-9 Peak District
April 12-16 Lake District
May 31 – 4 June Dartmoor full
July 19-23 Lake District
July 26-30 Peak District
August 2-6 Lake District
August 26-30 Lake District full but do ask to be put on a waiting list
September 3-7 Lake District
October 20-24 Dartmoor
October 25-29 Dartmoor
Gold Combined price of training, practice and qualifying expedition £580
Silver Practice or Qualifying expedition
April 6-8 Snowdonia
April 6-8 Peak District
April 12-15 Lake District
July 20-22 Lake District
July 27-29 Peak District
August 3-5 Lake District
October 26-28 Dartmoor
Silver Combined price of practice and qualifying expeditions £380
For 2021 and 2022 we also offer a back to back Silver training, practice and qualifying expedition option. Please do contact us for more details. £300
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 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!
We meet at Hope train station and our 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.
We use the area around Kentmere in a quieter area of the Lake District. We start 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.
We meet and finish at Betws-y-coed. There is an afternoon train heading across the border to England.
We meet and finish in either Princetown or Ivybridge and usually use the southern side of Dartmoor. During the expedition you will have the opportunity to wild camp in some amazing places- including an area once home to people in the Bronze age. We also use camp sites with showers and basic facilities.
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.