Open Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award Canoe Expeditions

In 2023 we will be running Open Canoe Expedition in East Anglia, Scotland and Sweden. Any one from any school is welcome to join our expeditions and you dont need to be able to canoe to start with, we will help you learn the skills necesssary. We will be running regular Zoom information meetings, the date will be posted on our facebook page and recordings on our youtube.  Below is one from last years groups talking to me at the end of their expedition. We hope this will inspire you to join us this year

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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

Open Duke of Edinburgh Award Expedition Canoeing 

Canoeing expeditions take place on the River Ouse, the Norfolk Broads, River Spey, River Severn and Sweden. 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 the Little Ouse River at either Hockwold or Thetford. This is then be followed by the 2 day 2 nights  practice expedition  on the Little Ouse River and then up the River Wissey.

Gold Open DofE Canoe Assessed Expedition:

We are able to offer 3 options

1) Cam River Assessed Expedition. This enables students to explore the Cambridgeshire fen waterways with their abundance of wild life and incredible skys. The aim would be to begin the expeditions near to Bedford and travel to near to Ely.

Dates: Thursday August 24th to Sunday August 27th

2) River Spey Assessed Expedition. The River Spey is a classic grade 2 moving water river travelling from the Mountains of Aviemore to the Sea at Spey Bay. Students spend their first day developing moving water skills on the Lock Inch to Aviemore section before beginning their fully laden, 4 day journey from Loch Inch to Spey Bay.

Dates: Wednesday May 27th to Sunday June 4th

3) River Harken Sweden. This is a fantastic 5 day journey along this stunning river and lake system in Sweden, giving students the opportunity to explore another country’s water ways, culture and food.

Provisonal dates: Monday July 24th to Monday July 31st

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.

Please email for information.

The button below will give you a link to the Gold Expedition information pack and  booking form

The button below will give you a link to a zoom meeting where we decribed the different expedition options

Booking form

Zoom meeting