Wilderness Expertise are a DofE approved expedition provider for Open DofE Gold Expeditions (AAP).

We run expeditions in wild country around the UK, supporting young people to discover the most beautiful spots our country has to offer.

Join us on our epic back to back Gold practice and assessed expedition this summer in the Lake District. Over eight days, you will cover absolutely every you need to know in order to succeed on your expeditions. 

26th August – 2nd September

Only need to complete your Qualifier? Join us half way through!

30th August – 2nd September

During the Qualifying Expedition, you’ll be setting off to those Windemere peaks of the Lake District in Cumbria.  Expect to be enchanted by glacial ribbon lakes, rugged fells, and discover the area’s rich literary history and world famous geographic wonders.

You can sign up as an individual, or with a group of friends.


The costs

For the Practice OR the Assessment, the price is £290

For the Back to Back, the price is £500

We also offer DofE Expeditions for school groups across the UK.

Open Gold Duke of Edinburgh Expeditions

What is included:

  • Pre-expedition information pack and a dedicated contact at Wilderness Expertise to answer any questions you may have
  • Full supervision and training from our qualified and experienced Trainers
  • Accredited Assessors for Qualifying Expeditions
  • Group kit (tents, stoves, fuel, emergency shelters, maps)
  • Campsite booking and fees
  • Logistics and pre-departure support
  • Uploading Assessor reports
Open Gold Duke of Edinburgh Expeditions


Personal kit and equipment (such as clothing, sleeping bag, rucksack) – don’t worry, we’ll support you with what you need to buy/pack.

Transport to and from the expedition location – this must be arranged by you

Food – in line with DofE requirements, all food must be planned and provided by participants

Book a Gold open expedition with us in just a few easy steps:

To book your place on one of our Gold Open Practice or Qualifying Expeditions, the first step is to complete a short online booking and medical form, here:

BOOK NOW (Full details of our T&Cs are outlined on the booking form. Please make sure to read these carefully.)

Once you have completed your booking form and selected the date or dates that you would like to book, you will need to make the deposit payment of £50 per event.
Once we have received your booking and payment we will be in touch to confirm your place and provide more details about your expedition.

What preconditions do I have to meet?

You must be aged 16 to 24 to take part in the DofE Gold programme.

If you’re only completing the Qualifying Expedition with us, you will need to provide evidence of having completed your Practice Expedition elsewhere before you take part. If you completed your practice elsewhere, it must be in a different location to your Qualifier.

You must be physically fit enough to complete a 4-day expedition with 8 hours of planned activity each day

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