DofE Expedition

Your expedition will be one of the most exciting parts of doing your Duke of Edinburgh's Award – there are so many different options as to how you do it.


This year's expedition dates:



22nd - 26th April

27th - 31st May


Cost for this year: £408 - which includes training, shared equipment e.g. tents and stoves and assessments.


On foot
Llama (yes llama!!)

It’s up to you but at Gold level you must be in “Wild country” e.g. Yorkshire Dales, Exmoor, Cheviots, Lake District….

4 days and 3 nights     

You must have at least 8 hours of planned activity during the daytime (at least 4 of which must be spent journeying)

Each team will have between 4 and 7 of you (8 if you travel by tandem canoe or bike)

We use an AAP – Approved Activity Provider – and they take you on a practice expedition a few weeks before you do your qualifying one. During this time they will give you all the training you need from map reading, first aid & even how to pack your rucksack properly. They also provide all your group kit e.g. tents & stoves so that you just need to get your personal kit. 

The D of E provide a recommended kit list which you can find here

See the DofE’s advice on rucksacks and packing here.

Unsure about walking boots and socks? For more advice click here.

We’ve just had our first group complete their practice expedition & the have produced some really handy top tips from their experience:

  • Walk more in preparation
  • Take more snacks – yes you really need to eats lots of calories!
  • Take foot tape & talcum powder – your feet are going to hate you
  • Take loads of plastic bags to put wet things in & even put inside your boots
  • Pack your dinner as a group
  • Pack lots of socks then pack even more socks!
  • Practice packing/unpacking your bag – there’s an art to it

If you’d like more information about doing your expedition including an idea of what costs are involved email e[email protected]

Employability Skills

Don’t forget to log your Employability skills on the Skills Log from taking part in this opportunity!
Team Working – to successfully complete your expedition you need to be able to work well as part of a team and communicate effectively with each other.
Perseverance and Initiative – the whole Award takes a lot of dedication and motivation, specifically the expedition which is probably the most challenging section.
Leadership – there may be moments where you find yourself needing to step up and lead the way.