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DofE Open Gold Walking Expeditions....

....for Individuals and Small Groups

  • If you can’t attend your school’s expeditions
  • If you are part of an organisation where there aren't enough people to run an expedition
  • If you don't have access to organised expeditions
  • If there's any reason at all you didn't or couldn't complete your expeditions

 Our open expeditions are for you!

Gold Training and Practice Expeditions 2019

  • Friday 12th - Wednesday 17th April - Cambrian Mountains, Mid Wales - bookings now closed for this expedition                                                                                               
  • Thursday 27th June - Tuesday 2nd July - Cambrian Mountains, Mid Wales - bookings now closed for this expedition                                        

 Cost: £250

Gold Qualifying Expeditions 2019 

  • Monday 29th July – Friday 2nd August - Cambrian Mountains, Mid Wales - bookings now closed for this expedition 
  • Saturday 14th - Wednesday 18th September - Rhinog Mountains, North Wales - bookings now closed for this event

Cost: £250

Select Qualifying Expedition


Please read our terms and conditions prior to booking expeditions                                                                 DofE Terms & Conditions (Open Courses)

Gold DofE Training & Practice - What to Expect

Day 1:

  • Arrive mid afternoon at campsite in Rhayader, Powys 
  • Meet your supervisor and other participants.
  • Set up camp
  • Commence training
  • Cook your evening meal at the campsite or eat out in town. 

 Day 2:

  • Training day based at our indoor training facility to look at topics such as: risk management; emergencies and First Aid; expedition kit checks; food and nutrition; map skills etc.
  • Return to the campsite in the evening and cook your evening meal.

 Day 3:

  • The morning will start with training sessions at the campsite followed by walking in the hills accompanied by instructors looking at Gold level navigation techniques.
  • Return to the campsite in the evening and prepare for the start of the expedition proper.

 Days 4, 5 and 6: Practice Expedition

  • Carrying all your equipment you'll walk three days worth of planned routes taking in some beautiful Welsh countryside, sleeping at a combination of quiet farm campsites and wild camps.
  • Instructors will be supervising and delivering further training as required.

 Finish at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre near Rhayader with expedition debrief.  You’ll have access to the Visitor Centre cafe for refreshments.

Gold DofE Qualifier - What to Expect

Day 1 - Pre Expedition Day.  

  • Arrive late morning at specified campsite.
  • Meet your assessor and other participants; kit checks; short acclimatisation walk; cook your dinner on camping stove.
  • Overnight camp at campsite.

Days 2,3,4 and 5 - Qualifying Expedition. 

  • Participants assessed according to the 20 conditions and remotely supervised by Learn Outdoors staff.
  • Camping will be on two quiet campsites and a wild camp.

Finish with assessor debrief. You’ll have the opportunity access refreshments at visitor centre or shops/eating establishments according to location.

 What’s included:

  • Expert supervision – all our instructors are very experienced and hold the Mountain Leaders Award as a minimum qualification
  • Accredited Assessors (for qualifying expeditions)
  • Camp fees
  • DofE fees paid by Learn Outdoors
  • Insurance
  • Emergency Procedure Cards
  • Hi-vis vests
  • Emergency spare equipment (fleeces, waterproofs, sleeping bags, rucksacks etc.)
  • ‘Our Tips for Success’ training booklet and our new ‘Performance Criteria Checklist’
  • Expedition paperwork e.g. Green Forms will be submitted on your behalf
  • Quality training
  • Medical and Consent Forms and Equipment Lists
  • Medical Advisor - we retain the services of a qualified doctor to advise on specific medical matters associated with expeditions.
  • A document containing all our ‘Risk Assessments, Operating Procedures and Policies’ is available on request.
  • Tents and stoves – we can loan high quality trekking tents and gas Trangia stoves if required

 What you need to provide:

  • Transport to and from the expedition(s)
  • Food for the duration of the expedition(s) (we’ll provide advice on foods to bring)
  • Your own kit (a comprehensive kit list will be provided)
  • Any accommodation you may require pre and post expedition
  • Maps of the expedition areas - we'll let you know what to bring

Preconditions - Practice Expedition

  • You must be aged between 16 and 24.
  • Be registered for your Gold award.
  • Be physically fit enough to undertake a multi-day expedition in wild country.

Preconditions - Qualifying Expedition

  • You must be aged between 16 and 24.
  • Be registered for your Gold award.
  • Provide evidence of successful completion of at least one practice expedition.
  • Be physically fit enough to undertake a multi-day expedition in wild country.


“All three instructors were excellent – the students were motivated by their teaching and they gave the students a wealth of skills which will enable them to succeed in their assessed expedition. The whole trip has been organised very well and has run very smoothly. Thank you very much!”

"Owen ran the weekend exceptionally well.  He gave very clear instructions to staff and students.  He formed very positive bonds with the students and so was able to get the best out of them."

“All safety measures in place. Excellent tutors and Course Director. Venue excellent and pupils taken through all safety procedures with walking activities to cooking.”

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