Open DofE Gold Walking

Open Gold Walking Expeditions

2021 Open Gold Expeditions - NEW!!!

Our Open Gold Walking Expeditions are a great way of doing your DofE Expedition in some of the UK’s scenic National Parks. Training and Practice Expeditions take place in the Peak District (Dark Peaks), with Qualifying Expeditions in either the picturesque Yorkshire Dales or the stunning Lake District.

We will be running an Open Gold Training & Practice Expedition in April 2021 and an Open Gold Qualifying Expedition in July 2021 with spaces for more participants and expedition teams to join.

Our Open Gold Training & Practice Expedition will run 5 - 9 April 2021 in the Peak District and our Open Gold Qualifying Expedition will be on 12 - 16 July 2021 in the Lake District. We are also proposing to run a Qualifying Expedition on 16 - 20 August 2021 if there is sufficient demand. These expeditions will suit participants or teams who are unable to make their own school dates or individual participants who do not have a team to complete their expedition with.


  • Training & Practice Expedition = £288.00 per person including VAT.

  • Qualifying Expedition = £288.00 per person including VAT.

January 2021 UPDATE

Booking for our Open Gold Expeditions remain active and we encourage anyone who would like to take part to apply. However, in recognition of the current COVID-19 Tier restrictions and continuing uncertainty, we will not be requesting deposits during January 2021. This will be reviewed at the end of the month. We understand this is an uncertain time and we would like to do our bit to spread positivity and hope for 2021. Stay safe and keep positive.

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What's included

5-days, 4-nights Training & Practice Expedition:

  • 2-days, 2-nights Training covering all aspects of the DofE Common Training Framework at Gold level including advanced navigation in remote countryside.

  • 3-days, 2-nights Practice Expedition, remotely supervised by our team of qualified and experienced Expedition Leaders.

5-days, 4-nights Qualifying Expedition:

  • Preparation day and overnight camp, including refresher training, comprehensive kit check and Assessor briefing.

  • 4-days, 3-nights Qualifying Expedition, remotely supervised by our team of qualified and experienced Expedition Leaders.

  • Assessment by a DofE Accredited Assessor and completion of Assessors Report to eDofE.

  • Assessment of Expedition Presentation.

All expeditions also include:

  • Pastoral supervision on camp.

  • Camp site fees

  • Tents, stoves, fuel, group first aid kit and route maps provided for each individual participant.

  • Public Liability Insurance of £10million, AALA Licence and DofE AAP Licence.

*NOTE: All participants MUST watch the Training Videos on our Factsheets & Videos page to support their preparation, especially our videos on appropriate clothing, packing a rucksack and menu ideas.

Dates & Locations

  • Training & Practice Expedition: Mon 5th - Fri 9th April 2021: Derbyshire Peak District

  • Qualifying Expedition: Mon 12th - Fri 16th July 2021: Lake District

  • Qualifying Expedition (subject to demand): Mon 16th - Fri 20th August 2021: Location to be confirmed

COVID-19 Procedures

  • A COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire will be sent to all attendees (participants and leaders) prior to attending. Please complete this form within 48 hours of the expedition and handed in on arrival.

  • Restricting the numbers on each expedition to comply with current Government social distancing rules. We have separate routes and campsite locations that we will be using, with a maximum of 14 participants (2 teams) on each route.

  • All participants must bring their own hand sanitiser and face coverings. There will also be a supply of these available on the expedition.

  • Participants will be issued with their own tent, stove, fuel and group first aid kit for the duration of the expedition. Participants will not share group equipment or food.

  • Campsites will be disinfecting and cleaning communal areas (toilets and washing-up areas) regularly and all users must follow the campsite rules.

  • Participants should travel to/from the expedition areas within their household or social bubble. If using public transport, participants must comply with Government rules and wear face masks.

Please click here for our factsheet on COVID-19 procedures.

DofE Expedition Information

All our DofE training is based on the DofE's Common Training Framework at each level. Canoeing Training is based on the British Canoeing training syllabus and the DofE's Paddle Skills Training.

All our expeditions are subject to the DofE's 20 Expedition Conditions.

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