Duke of Edinburgh Expeditions

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Expeditions for Schools

Path Hill Outdoors are pleased to offer practice expeditions with expedition training and assessed expeditions for local schools. Our programme of activity is detailed below. 
 
We will be publishing dates for the practice and assessed expeditions for 2023 soon.  These dates will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
We take great pride in the standard of our training and delivery and aim to give you expedition skills for life.

Practice Expeditions:
During a weekend we will cover:
  • Expedition clothing, kit and equipment
  • Rucksack packing
  • Pitching expedition tents
  • Use of expedition stoves
  • Expedition nutrition and meal planning
  • Navigation theory
  • Navigation practice
  • Route planning and route cards
The weekend will provide an opportunity to put the skills and knowledge from this training into practice. The practice sessions will be based at Path Hill Outdoors and the teams will be provided with maps, compasses, tents and stoves.

The groups will stay overnight at our site and there is no additional cost for this. Each group will be supported by a DofE trained and accredited instructor, with a relevant first aid qualification and DBS check. By the end of this training weekend, we would expect the groups to reach a standard of navigation and journeying that allows them to be remotely supervised.

Assessed Expeditions:

These will normally be run during weekends in May to July . Dates for 2023 will be published soon. Our DofE Assessors will check in with you during your expedition and in camp, to ensure that you are meeting the 20 conditions, as set out by DofE.

Assessment expeditions will start at a location which is one day's walk from Path Hill Outdoors, the teams will journey to our site, where they will camp overnight. The following day, they will then journey to another remote location, where they will end their expedition. Again, the teams will be provided with maps, compasses, tents and stoves and there will be no additional costs for camping.


Costs and Booking:

The total cost for the training, practice expedition and assessed expedition is £220 per student.
In order to book your place with Path Hill Outdoors, please do the following:
 
  • Send an email to mark(at)pathhill.com
  • Copy in all members of your group (min 5 - max 7)
  • State the dates you would like for your Practice Expedition and your Assessed Expedition (these are first come, first served)
  • List the names of your team members and your team name
  • You are only confirmed on those dates once you receive a confirmation email
  • You will then receive a unique booking link for your team, which you can use to make payment

 

Duke of Edinburgh Silver Expeditions

Path Hill Outdoors are pleased to offer Silver practice expeditions with Silver expedition training and Silver assessed expeditions. Our programme of activity is detailed below, with options for practice expedition dates and assessed expedition dates shown. These dates will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
We take great pride in the standard of our training and delivery and aim to give you expedition skills for life.
 
Practice Expeditions:
These will run on the dates published soon. During this course we will cover:
 
  • First Aid and emergency 
  • Navigation and Route Planning
  • Preparatory Map Skills
  • Practical Map Skills
  • Compass Skills
  • Campcraft
  • Food and cooking
  • Countryside code
  • Teambuilding
The three day course will provide an opportunity to put the skills and knowledge from this training into practice. The sessions will be based in open country and the teams will be provided with maps, compasses, tents and stoves.
The groups will stay overnight at a nominated campsite. 
 
Each group will be supported by a DofE trained and accredited instructor, with a relevant first aid qualification and DBS check. 
 
By the end of this training course, we would expect the groups to reach a standard of navigation and journeying that allows them to be remotely supervised.
 

Assessed Expeditions:

These will be run during the summer holidays in 2023. Our DofE Assessors will check in with you during your expedition and in camp, to ensure that you are meeting the 20 conditions, as set out by DofE.
Assessment expeditions will start at a location which will meet the requirements for a Silver expedition. Again, the teams will be provided with maps, compasses, tents and stoves at no additional costs.
 
Costs and Booking:
The total cost for the training, practice expedition and assessed expedition is £390 per student.
In order to book your place with Path Hill Outdoors, please do the following:
 
  • Send an email to mark(at)pathhill.com
  • Copy in all members of your group (min 5 - max 7)
  • State the dates you would like for your Practice Expedition and your Assessed Expedition (these are first come, first served)
  • List the names of your team members and your team name
  • You are only confirmed on those dates once you receive a confirmation email
  • You will then receive a unique booking link for your team, which you can use to make payment