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.

Our prices for 2022

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 – Bookings Close 29 April

Saturday 28th May –
Thursday 2nd June 2022

per person

Practice or Assessed

Mid Wales (Llanidloes)

Monday 25th July –
Saturday 30th July 2022

per person

Practice or Assessed

Mid Wales (Llanidloes)

Tuesday 30th August –
Sunday 4th Sept 2022

per person

Assessed Only

Mid Wales (Llanidloes)

Monday 24th Oct –
Friday 28th Oct 2022

per person

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 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 expeditions. There are convenient public transport options available.

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) as there is convenient public transport that stops right outside the main gates for this particular venue.

For Mid-Wales and Brecon Beacons expeditions participants can be dropped off and picked up by car and we can also arrange car parking on site for participants who drive themselves to the expedition venues.

What time do the expeditions start & finish?

Arrival time is 3pm on the first day of the course.

Departure time is approx. 2.30pm – 3pm on the last day of the course.