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Making DofE expeditiona fantastic, rewarding journey. 


Dates for 2021

7th – 11th April – Cambrian Mountains (Mid Wales)

30th May – 3rd June – Brecon Beacons (Black Mountains)

12th – 16th July – Cambrian Mountains (Mid Wales)

5th – 9th August – Snowdonia (Rhinogs)

23rd – 27th October – Brecon Beacons (Black Mountains)

At just £250 + VAT (£300) these expeditions offer great value for money.

The qualifying expedition comprises a pre-expedition day where you’ll meet your assessor and other participants and prepare for your expedition.  There then follows a 4 day expedition in ‘wild country’ during which you’ll be assessed according to the 20 conditions as set out by the DofE award.

Below is a sample itinerary of a qualifying expedition.

EXAMPLE ITINERARY - GOLD DofE QUALIFIER - Open DofE expeditions for Individuals

An example of a Gold qualifying expedition will look something like this:

Day 1 – Pre Expedition Day.  

  • Arrive late morning at specified campsite. 
  • Meet your assessor and other participants; kit checks; set up camp.
  • 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 a visitor centre or shops/eating establishments according to location. 






“All the 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!”



"Excellent instructors – we would like to work with them all again."



"Learn Outdoors has excellent instructors, health and safety, flexibility, programme design and client management.  I would happily recommend 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.” 


“The instructors were excellent. They operated professionally and exhibited confidence, knowledge and approachability throughout.”



"Staff and pupils all commented on the positive and productive atmosphere over the weekend."



"All crew were lovely and really helpful."



"We felt that a lot of time and effort had gone into organising it and we really enjoyed it."