Open Expeditions for Individuals & Small Groups

Join one of our rewarding and challenging DofE expeditions. Make new friends, work as a team and gain a great sense of achievement.

Exciting DofE Open Expeditions for Individuals and Small Groups.

If you don’t have access to an organised DofE expedition or you can’t attend your school’s expedition dates, our open expeditions are for you. We run a series of  walking expeditions that are open to all and take place throughout the DofE expedition season.

Joining one of our open bronze, silver or gold expeditions is a great way to meet new, like-minded people. Share the sense of achievement that comes from completing this part of your award together.

“Thank you for everything, the instructors were brilliant. I can see why A to Z is so popular and why you come so highly recommended”

Everything was brilliant!A happy parent

“THANK YOU and your team for what can only be described as the best of my Six DofE EXPEDITIONS!”

The best expedition yet!A happy participant

“Thank you for all your work and time. I will always recommend you guys to anyone wishing to complete any of the expeditions”

You are the bestA happy participant

Choose your open expedition

Fantastic walking locations

Explore the great British countryside by foot, on one of our walking DofE expeditions. You wont be disappointed, so don’t forget your camera!

Useful FAQ’s for open expeditions

If you are joining one of our open expeditions, you will need to arrange your own transport to the start and finish. We make this easier by starting and finishing expeditions near to a train station.

The expedition locations are quite remote so you may have a short walk to the start or from the finish. Or you may need to get a taxi. But this means you are not reliant on someone to drive you – you can be independent and use public transport if you wish to.

Every expedition has to meet criteria set out by DofE – these criteria are known as the 20 Expedition Conditions.

One of these conditions says that on each day of expedition, you must do the minimum hours of planned activity for your DofE level. At Bronze that is 6 hours, for Silver it’s 7 hours and for Gold it’s 8 hours.

All groups move at different speeds so the amount of distance covered does vary. But as a guideline, this roughly equates to 12km at Bronze, 16km at Silver and 20km at Gold.

At the start of the expedition, your instructor will run some activities to help everyone get to know each other. After these activities are done, the instructor will work with you to decide who will be in each group. This isn’t arranged by us before the expedition starts.

Yes – but it should only be used in case of an emergency. Please ensure that it is fully charged, has plenty of credit and is well protected from the elements in a tough plastic bag – a zip lock bag would be ideal.

A to Z Expeditions will provide tents, stoves, group tracking device, group shelter, group first aid kit and maps. It is your responsibility to organise and bring your personal kit including walking boots. clothing, sleeping equipment and rucksack.

When you book an open expedition with A to Z Expeditions we will send you an information pack including our Expedition Preparation Guide. This has plenty of information on the sort of kit you need as well as a detailed kit list so you can tick each required item off as you pack it at home.

No – payments are non-refundable.   We therefore recommend that you take out insurance to cover you for cancellation or curtailment. Suitable travel insurance policies are widely available.

Book your Open Expedition by completing our simple booking form. You will not be required to pay anything at this initial stage, and a member of our team will contact you shortly.

If you have any questions or would like more information before booking, please get in touch.

Call: 01981 550 433

Looking to complete an expedition with your school or group?

We also run DofE Expeditions for schools and larger groups of 10 or more. 

A to Z Expeditions runs tailored DofE Expedition programmes for schools and larger groups with a minimum of 10 participants enrolled. You can work with friends or other students at your school to complete our expeditions, enjoying the shared sense of achievement that comes from completing this part of the award together.

To find out more, please visit our School Expeditions page.