DofE Gold Walking

Training & Planning
(2½ days)

In-School/classroom training day includes:

  • Kit & Rucksack Packing.

  • Food & Menu Planning.

  • Observation & Recording.

  • Expedition First Aid.

  • Route Planning (Practice Expedition, including Bad Weather & Escape routes).

Navigation & Expedition Training includes:

  • Navigation Training Walks in "Wild Country" areas.

  • Advanced Navigation skills.

  • Handling Emergencies.

  • Identify & Manage Risks.

  • Impact of weather.

  • Team Building.

  • Cooking & fuel safety.

  • Campcraft & campsite management.

  • Wild camping & Leave No Waste principles.

Separate half-day Planning Workshop:

  • Route Planning (Qualifying Expedition, including Bad Weather & Escape Routes).

  • Held as soon after Practice Expedition as possible.

Practice Expedition
(minimum 3 days)

Typical Areas: Dark Peaks or Yorkshire Dales

  • Put into practice what you've learnt.

  • 3-days, 2-nights as standard including overnight camps.

  • Supervised by our team of qualified & friendly leaders.

  • Review & debrief at end of expedition to highlight successes and adjustments.

  • May include Planning Workshop as part of a residential package.

Travelling long distances?

We can deliver a bespoke package which combines Navigation Training & Practice Expedition into a 5-day activity to reduce travel time and costs.

Bunkhouse accommodation can also be arranged for non-expedition days (separate cost applies).

Direct Entrants

In addition to the standard Gold Training, we encourage Direct Entry participants to attend a lowland level Residential Training to build a solid foundation.

Qualifying Expedition
(5 days including travel & familiarisation day)

Typical Areas: Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, Brecon Beacons

  • Arrive day before expedition.

  • Pre-expedition checks, refresher training & overnight camp.

  • 4-days, 3-nights including overnight camps.

  • Supervised by our team of qualified & friendly leaders.

  • Achieve your Aim.

  • Fulfil the DofE 20 Expedition Conditions.

  • Review & debrief at end of expedition with Assessor.

  • Personalised Assessor Reports uploaded to eDofE.

All Packages include:

  • Training, Supervision & Assessment as outlined above.

  • Online Factsheets & Training Videos including kit lists, menu ideas and other key information.

  • Camp site fees for all participants included.

  • Inclusive use of our Group Equipment - tents, stoves, maps, map cases and group first-aid kits.

  • Includes all fuel (gas cylinders compatible with our Trangia stoves).

  • Dedicated admin and organisation that is "second-to-none".

  • Participant Joining Instructions prior to each event.

  • Generic & Area-Specific Risk Assessments.

  • Public Liability Insurance (£10million), AALA and AAP Licences.

  • Expedition On-Call Support – dedicated “home contact” support during expeditions.

  • Submission of Assessor Reports direct onto eDofE (using DofE Assessor Report portal).

Canoeing Expeditions

Fancy canoeing instead? We offer Gold Canoeing Expedition programmes with journeys taking place on rivers such as the Trent, Soar, Severn or Wye. Alternatively, for this most special of Awards, how about a trip along the Caledonian Canal from Fort William to Inverness, taking in the breathtaking views of Ben Nevis and Loch Ness. See if you can spot Nessie along the way!

All Canoe Expedition packages include our standard package as above plus all paddle skills training from our qualified Paddlesport Leaders. Packages also include canoes, paddles, buoyancy aids, dry bags, throw lines and all canal licences.