Open Silver Walking Expeditions

We offer exciting Open Silver Walking Expeditions.

In order to complete the Silver Expedition section you first need to complete a programme of training followed by sufficient practice expeditions to hone your skills.  Once you have completed all of your training you then need to plan and undertake a 3 day qualifying expedition.

DofE Group in the Yorkshire Dales with Ingleborough in the background
  • 3.5 day, DofE Silver Training & Practice Expeditions
  • 1 half-day of pre-expedition training & route planning
  • 3 day training & practice expedition
  • Sat 20th – Tue 23rd July 2024
  • Mon 29th July – Thu 1st Aug 2024
  • Cost £192.50
  • 3.5 day, DofE Silver Qualifying Expeditions
  • 1 half-day of expedition preparation & route planning
  • 3 day qualifying expedition
  • Mon 29th July – Thu 1st Aug 2024
  • Thu 29th Aug – Sun 1st Sep 2024
  • Cost £192.50


  • Total cost £385, if booking both expeditions with us. (£192.50 per expedition).

A deposit of £100 per expedition is due when you book; the remaining balance is due 28 days before your expedition.

“The instructors really took the lead for the weekend. I was confident in their capability in dealing with the participants, some of whom had some very specific medical issues which were catered for.”

Fantastic Instructors(EM)

“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

“Communication from AtoZ was excellent. They were very good at providing me with advice and helping me out. This all made my job so much easier!”

Excellent Communication from AtoZ Expeditions(TS)

“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

“They have the participant at the centre of their customer relations”

Participants at the centre of everything(MR) School DofE Co-ordinator

What we include

Pre-expedition information pack with lots of helpful advice, kit lists etc.

Bunkhouse accommodation for the first night of the qualifying expedition.

Camping fees for the expedition, and for the first night of the practice.

Free use of group kit.

Supervision from experienced and helpful instructors.

Accredited Assessors for the qualifying expedition.

Group Kit

We provide the following essential group kit free of charge:


Stoves, pans and fuel

Group shelters

Group first aid kits


Walking locations

Our Silver Walking DofE expeditions start and finish at train stations in The Peak District. The start and finish points have been chosen so that arrival and departure by public transport is an option.

The Peak District provides an excellent challenge for the Silver Award – expect hills and tricky navigation in the UK’s oldest national park.


The Peak District

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Useful FAQ’s

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 – the open practice expedition also includes all of the pre-expedition training and we will send you a joining pack before the expedition with all of the info you need to prepare.

If you are joining an open qualifying expedition, you will need to have completed an appropriate practice beforehand (at the same award level) and be able to send us evidence of that. However, we will also send you a joining pack with lots of info to help you prepare and we will include pre-expedition preparation on the first day of the open, before you set off.

Like what you have read?

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