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Walking and Canoe Expeditions are currently offered at Pate’s, however if there is enough interest we can assist with Mountain Biking and Horse Riding expeditions.

Bronze level participants will complete their award via walking only.


Group sizes

DofE rules state that walking / horse riding groups must have a minimum of 4 people with a maximum of 7, but we encourage you plan for a minimum size of 6 to take account of possible injuries or other reasons why a member may need to drop out later at short notice.

Canoeing and cycling groups must have a minimum of 4 people, and can have a maximum of 8 people per group due to the nature of the transport. Again we encourage you to plan for a minimum of 6.



There is a minimum level of training in each award that participants must undertake, however you must have your supervisor's approval before you are able to book the qualifying expedition - this may mean undertaking more practice expeditions than the minimum.


Please book your training weekends and expeditions early to avoid disappointment!

The notification process for qualifying expeditions takes a minimum of 8 weeks. Add this to the Core Skills weekend, Practice expeditions and planning time, and your team has a lot of work to do!



Take note of the 20 conditions that are required for completing your assessed expedition, you will find these via the button to the right.



Bronze Expeditions

Located within the Cotswolds, making training accessible with great facilities on our doorstep.

Practise Expedition area: Malvern Hills

Qualifying Expedition area: Winchcombe / Cleeve Hill / Andoversford

Silver Expeditions


Progressing on from Bronze, the Silver award will see participants taking on more challenging terrain, with an air of remoteness in the surroundings.

Practise Expedition areas: Forest of Dean / Black Mountains / Brecon Beacons

Qualifying Expedition areas: Forest of Dean / Exmoor / Dartmoor

Canoeing Practise Expedition area: River Wye

Canoeing Qualifying Expedition areas: Rivers Severn / Avon

Gold Expeditions

It is a requirement of the DofE progamme that all Gold Expeditions should take place in 'wild country' - this is another step up from the Silver Award and will challenge all participants in various aspects of the expedition.

Practise Expedition areas: Brecon Beacons / Black Mountains / Exmoor / Dartmoor

Qualifying Expedition areas: Lake District / Snowdonia / Yorkshire Dales / Dartmoor

Canoeing Practise Expedition area: River Wye

Canoeing Qualifying Expedition areas: Rivers Severn / Thames / Great Glenn Canal

There is scope for other areas within the UK, but participants must be aware that 'larger expeditions' may incur additional costs due to logistical issues (flights etc).



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