DofE Expeditions

DofE Gold Expeditions

Our Gold expedition expertise is hard to match – Over 12 years and more than 1000 successful gold expedition groups.

We make our experience and local knowledge count.

Gold expeditions are available in the wild, remote terrain of the Cambrian Mountains and Elan Valley in Mid Wales, selected areas within the Brecon Beacons National Park, as well as the rugged Rhinogydd Mountains in Southern Snowdonia.

For a truly memorable Gold Assessment, we offer the opportunity to walk across the Cambrian Mountains, finishing at the sea.


Questions/More Information? We would love to hear from you!
Please get in contact with Aled for a friendly chat or pop us an email with your request.


FULL gold expedition PACKAGE

Training, Practice & Assessment

per person




Two day training, including key expedition skills, route planning and an outdoors training day




Includes an additional wild country training day, followed by the three day practice expedition


The Ultimate experience


A full four day wild country expedition experience!
Across Wales to finish at the coast?

What’s Included

  • Supervision, training and assessment by qualified, accredited and DBS checked staff.
  • Campsite fees.
  • £10M Public liability Insurance.
  • Completion of notification paperwork.
  • Training and route planning sessions.
  • Our specialised expedition area maps.
  • Group equipment including tents, stoves, fuel and group shelters, maps and compasses.

What’s Not Included

  • Food
  • Transport to the expedition venue.
  • Personal equipment.
A massive thank you to all of your team for preparing our Gold students on their practice expedition which enabled them to succeed on their qualifying expedition. Not only is it a credit to the individual students, but to your AAP and team who are unequivocally professional and knowledgeable in the outdoor environment.

where to go for Gold

Remote, wild places. We avoid busier ‘hotspot’ areas and have spent years developing our own sites and routes in the wilds of the Cambrian Mountains & Elan Valley. Groups are likely to see very few people other than ourselves on certain days. We also offer options in the Brecon Beacons and Rhinogydd mountains in Southern Snowdonia, again focussing  on lesser trodden areas for the remote, wild feel.

frequently asked questions

What is the minimum number for Gold?
The suggested minimum number for a Gold group package including the training weekend is 8-10 participants.
Smaller numbers can be accommodated through other flexible options, including our Open Gold expeditions.
Can you organise transport?
We can provide several flexible transport options. Many of which are taken up by current groups. We have a couple of local coach companies who provide excellent service. In addition, we can support public transport as most of our expedition bases have train stations nearby.
What equipment do you provide?
We provide all the group equipment. This includes high quality tents, stoves, fuel, maps compasses and emergency equipment.
We even have our own specialised maps for some areas.
We expect high standards at Gold? Can you match this?
Our training, practice and assessments at Gold meet all the required conditions, but go beyond this in terms of the level of responsibility teams undertake.
We pride ourselves on a pure, wild experience, supporting youngsters to achieve by their own efforts. Aled Davies is a former Wild country network coordinator (panel secretary) while many others in the team are highly experienced Gold assessors who are keen to ensure standards remain high, yet achievable.

We have one School who had run their own enthusiastically supported Gold expeditions for over 50 years, with a vast amount of experience and quality standards still retained. Our aim was to build on their legacy, but make subtle improvements. We achieved this, matched the students expectations, those of the leaders and have made further improvements since.