DofE Expeditions

Open Gold Expeditions

We have run open expeditions for over 1000 participants, experience where it matters!

Our popular Open Gold Expeditions for individuals and small groups in the Brecon Beacons and Mid Wales, offering convenient access to public transport.

To support you through your DofE Gold expedition, we provide full expedition training, concise pre-expedition information as well as free use of group equipment including high-quality tents, stoves, group shelters and maps.

 Open Gold Expeditions in 2024 – Bookings Now Open!

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

Practice or Assessed

Brecon Beacons (West)

Tuesday 28th May –   Saturday 1st June 2024 

per person


Practice or Assessed

Mid Wales (Llanidloes)

Monday 22nd July – Friday 26th July 2024 

per person



Practice or Assessed

Mid Wales (Llanidloes)

Tuesday 27th August – Saturday 31st August 2024 

per person



October Half Term ASSESSED

Mid Wales (Llanidloes)

Saturday 26th October – Wednesday 30th October 

per person





All Bookings Are Online

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Simply get in touch and let us know your preferred expedition date to find out more…..


What’s Included

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

What’s Not Included

  • Food
  • Transport to the expedition venue.
  • Personal equipment.

Please note there is no train station collection/drop off for the Brecon Beacons expedition in May. 



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.

frequently asked questions

If I book with friends, will we be together in the same group?

Simply let us know on your booking form that you are booking with friends (please include their names) or pop us an email after you have booked to give us all the details. It’s really easy.

I don't have a group, can I join you on my own?

We welcome individuals to join our ‘open’ expeditions where you will find others who are also joining us as individuals. It is a great way to make friends and share an exciting journey.

We have specialised in running ‘open’ expeditions since 2009 and have helped over 1000 individuals complete their expedition journeys in an friendly and welcoming environment.

Can I join you for just a practice or an assessed expedition?

We can help you with a practice expedition or an assessed (qualifying) expedition or even both depending on your requirements. If booking one expedition simply let us know on your booking form whether you will be joining us for practice or assessed or pop us an email – it’s really easy.

If you are joining us for an assessed expedition and you have completed your practice expedition with your school or another organisation we will require evidence from you regarding your practice expedition and this is also really easy to do.

How do I get to & from the expeditions?


The nearest train station for our Mid-Wales (Llanidloes) expeditions is Caersws.

Provided we are given plenty of notice we can arrange a shuttle to collect/drop off at the station. We will ask for your travel plans in advance.

There is no shuttle service for the Brecon Beacons expedition(s)

For Mid-Wales and Brecon Beacons expeditions participants can be dropped off and picked up by car.                                       (For Brecon Beacons West in May there is a public bus that drops off right at the entrance – details of this will be provided for this specific expedition)

What time do the expeditions start & finish?

Summer Arrival time is 2pm – 2.30pm on the first day of the course.     October arrival is 12.30pm – 1pm

Summer Departure time is approx. 2.30pm – 3pm on the last day of the course.      October departure is approx 3pm – 4pm