• Duke of Edinburgh Award Expeditions by canoe
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions girl and boy canoeing
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions Gold Walking
  • Duke of Edinburgh Gold Expeditions navigation
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award Expeditions Boy in tent
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award Expeditions canoe paddles up
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award Expeditions  Girls check point
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award Expeditions Pink ruc sacs
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award Expeditions Gold walking
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award Expeditions Girl in tent

Anyone who is still under 23 ½ can registrar for the Gold DofE award. You need to finish by your 25th birthday. It is possible to do your Gold DofE award expedition training and practice and gain the Countryside leaders award.

The Gold DofE Award is an internationally recognised award and is consider valuable by employers who understand that anyone who has completed it has developed considerable skills in team work, communication and problem solving.

There are 5 sections to the Gold DofE award:

  1. Skill section
  2. Physical section
  3. Volunteering Section
  4. Expedition Section
  5. Residential section

We offer Canoeing and walking expeditions both training, practice and assessment.

Joint Gold training for all those doing their Walking or Canoeing expeditions with JoyofAdventure take place over a weekend in Cambridgeshire. Over this weekend we cover all the expedition training framework, there are no regular weekly meetings. Dates for this are on in the right hand side panal

Open DofE Expedition Canoeing 

Canoeing expeditions take place on the River Ouse, the Norfolk Broads, River Wye and River Severn. These are all areas of outstanding natural beauty and give participants the opportunity to explore new waterways, visit new places and enjoy camping in the silence and beauty of nature. Campsites are all next to the river and a number allow you to have log fires so that you are able to learn how to make damper bread and toast marshmallows.

Gold Open DofE Canoe Practice expedition:
Specific canoe training will take place on Lode Fen Lakes and
will then be followed by the 3 day practice expedition from Cambridge to Brandon via Ely or training and practice can take place on the river Severn from Monford Bridge near Shrewsbury to Iron Bridge

Gold Open DofE Canoe Assessed Expedition:
The assessed expedition will either take place in Mid Wales on the river Severn, Norfolk Broads or this year in Sweden

If these dates  in the right hand panel don’t suit you or you have a group wishing to have other dates please do email as we can always organised other expedition dates.

Open DofE Expedition Walking

Walking expeditions take place in either Wales or North Yorkshire with the opportunity depending on the group and the weather to climb Mt Snowdon. Both of these area are very beautiful with iron age remains, castles, hill forts, evidence of mining and stunning wild life. The campsites we use are small and a number allow log fires in the evening.

Please email dofe@joyofadventure.co.uk for information.


Course Dates

Open Gold Parents Evening

March 2nd at Coleridge Community  School 7 to 8pm

Open Gold Duke of Edinburgh Canoe  training

Wednesday April 15th River Severn

Open Gold Duke of Edinburgh Canoe Training and Practice

Saturday April 4th to Monday April 6th River Little Ouse

Thursday 16th April  to Saturday April 18th River Severn

Open Gold Duke of Edinburgh Assessed Expedition:

Saturday May 23th to Wednesday May 27th River Severn or Wye

Saturday June 28th to Thursday July 2nd River Severn or Wye

Thursday August 20th to Wednesday August 26th River Harkan Sweden

Happy to arrange training or assessment for groups at other times

Please email dofe@joyofadventure.co.uk for information.

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