OPEN Expeditions are open to any individuals looking to complete relevant training for the Expedition section of their DofE Award. Based out of the rural village of Bolsterstone, possible practice routes take in the picturesque Yorkshire countryside and Peak District National Park. A combination of farmland, wooded valleys and open moorland offers ideal navigation and walking practice for any style of terrain. Our highly experienced leaders offer second-to-none tips and advice on all topics including map reading, bearings, camp etiquette and safety procedures, giving you all the skills you need to complete the award.
The Bolsterstone area is perfectly suited for DofE expeditions and provides beautiful, wild scenery to explore. The expedition area is completely bounded by arterial roads which make ideal safety catchment features for groups to navigate towards in case of emergency and allow rapid access to leaders.
Following 10am arrival in Bolsterstone, groups will plan their routes under the supervision of our leaders before departing. After a day’s walking, Gold groups will spend their night at our favourite quiet local campsites, with plenty of time to consolidate their skills and build rapport within the team. We can extend the duration of the Expedition as necessary for your level of the Award, offering up to a 4 day experience within this week at Gold Level. Groups are typically ready to leave by 2-3pm on their final day.
This expedition has the potential to be a hugely rewarding and unforgettable experience. The countryside is magnificent and spectacular, taking in green deciduous forests, rivers, reservoirs and hilltops.
At GOLD Level we give you additional experience of camping at wild and remote sites to prepare you for navigating wild country and coping with more limited facilities. These are brilliant opportunities to test yourself, gain self-confidence and enjoy the benefits of being so close to nature. All accommodation, mentoring, guidance, support, feedback and Assessment advice is included in the price.