Open Expedition & Residential Locations

In the UK we are lucky to have an array of beautiful, varied landscapes to explore. Our Open Expedition and Residential programmes are designed to give the best balance of beautiful natural areas and ease of access.

The Peak District

Your grandparents could have been arrested if they had completed a DofE expedition here... it used to be illegal to walk on Kinder Scout and so local walkers organised a mass trespass in 1932, resulting in five of them being jailed. However, their actions paid off and, somewhat ironically, the Peak District became the UK’s first National Park a few decades later!

Bronze and silver expeditions will explore the White Peak, full of shady woodlands and rolling dales.  For Gold we have 2 independent routes in the Dark Peak; one over Kinder Scout and a second over Bleaklow - both a fabulous mix of moorland, gritstone crags, rounded hills and peaty rivers.  This ensures there is lots to see with great variety on each day of your expedition or residential, whatever level you are at.

Access to the Peak District is some of the best in the UK - nestled between two main motorways and on the main train lines between the rail hubs of Sheffield and Manchester.

Visit the Peak District National Park website

The Lake District

If you’ve ever eaten Kendal Mint Cake or wondered what the lakes look like that give the Lake District it's name, this is your chance to explore the birthplace of both.

Completing a Gold Expedition or Residential here will see you on a journey through glacier-gouged valleys, green pastures, past blue ribbon lakes and high, lonely tarns. Expeditions stay in a combination of wild camps and secluded farm sites, so this is a great choice for those who love the thought of exploring breathtaking scenery but would like the occasional use of a proper loo!

Visit the Lake District National Park website


If you’re looking for dramatic mountains and fantastic views then look no further than Eryri, Snowdonia National Park for your Gold DofE Expedition or Residential.

Home to Snowdon, the highest peak in England and Wales at 1,085m, this landscape is wild, rugged and so spectacular that it never fails to capture the imagination of participants that join us here.

Whether you are after a challenging mountain route, fancy having a go at summiting Snowdon itself or fancy walking the paths that weave through and around the base of these fabulous peaks, Snowdonia offers a great variety of route and camping options for your DofE expedition.

Visit the Snowdonia National Park website

Brecon Beacons

The Brecon Beacons are a beautifully green part of Wales with a great mix of rounded mountain tops and valley walking, with something to suit every Gold DofE expedition aim.

The Brecon Beacons are brilliant for all levels of fitness  - here you can plan a route through swooping mountains, staying high and climbing every summit or you can create an equally exciting route through rolling countryside, following sparkling streams, seeing mysterious caves and exploring lakes& waterfalls on the way.

Camping at isolated farm campsites increases your independence and campcraft skills but still allows you to use proper loos!

Visit the Brecon Beacons National Park Website

The Isle of Arran

Arran is one of the most southerly Scottish islands and measures just 19 miles long and 10 miles wide. It has pretty villages along the coastline, a rugged and mountainous interior and green rolling hills with woodland in the South. Beautiful beaches dot the coastline all the way round. While feeling stunningly remote, Arran is easily accessed from Glasgow, with a short train journey and ferry crossing taking you to your very own castaway island!

Whether on an expedition or residential, a programme on Arran is extremely special right from the word go. Arran boasts an amazing array of wildlife and teams have spotted dolphins and basking sharks both on the ferry to the island and on expedition where the views to the coast are unparalleled.

Add in the potential for an ice cream at the end of your programme and it's safe to say that Arran will provide lasting memories - remember to bring your camera.

Visit the Isle of Arran Website

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The Chilterns

The Chiltern Hills offer a superb choice of terrain for Bronze and Silver expeditions in the more southerly part of the UK. Easily accessed by car and public transport, the Chilterns are a great place to explore and have proven so popular with our expedition teams that we have added them to our list of open expedition venues for 2019.

Like the White Peak area of the Peak District, the Chilterns have a great network of paths that will develop your navigational skills while journeying through picturesque villages, alongside curving rivers and through beautiful green countryside.

Campsites in the Chilterns are welcoming places to stay with all the basic facilities for an expedition and villages provide great places to finish your expedition and have a well-earned ice cream!

Visit the Chiltern Hills Website