DofE Silver Open Walking Expeditions

Are you looking for an open group where you can complete your practice and qualifying for your Silver Walking expedition? Come to Harbour Challenge and benefit from over 25 years of DofE experience.

Our Silver Open Group expeditions are perfect for pre-formed teams looking to complete their expedition or for individuals where you can join others in the same position and make new friends.

So, if you want to complete the award and your friends aren’t up for it or you or your group can’t make your school dates, it’s the ideal option. We even create private Facebook groups to get the planning discussions started and help you get to know people on your Expedition!

If you are a school or group looking for help with running your full Duke of Edinburgh programme, Harbour Challenge is a licensed provider click here for details.

DofE Silver Open Walking Expeditions

Standard Practice & Qualifying Expeditions

DofE Silver Open Walking Expeditions

We run each of our Practice and Qualifying Expeditions over three days and two nights, with both containing a full days training and familiarization session at the beginning.

Taking place in a variety of locations, our fully licensed, friendly and experienced instructors will be there to support and guide the teams.

Practice Expedition

During your walk, teams will be remotely supervised and offered further instruction until they are confident that the teams are fully ready to be independent. They will then be monitored remotely purely for safety purposes. On arriving back at camp, our leaders will supervise the camping and cooking arrangement and each team will be de-briefed by their leader.

Qualifying Expedition

Groups are remotely supervised and assessed by our qualified DofE Assessor to allow them to safely complete their expedition. After the expedition the Assessor with debrief all groups  

Your Expedition Package includes

  • 1 Day Pre Training
  • 2 Day Practice Expedition
  • 3 Day Qualifying Expedition
  • Equipment, food and cooking
  • Map skills
  • Route planning
  • Compass work
  • Packing rucksacks
  • Basic first aid
  • Camp craft skills
  • Emergency procedures
  • Cost of campsite fees
  • Barrel for kit
  • Expedition equipment, including tents, cooking stoves and fuel for stoves
  • Rucksacks can be provided if required
  • Support and guidance from our office before and after your Expedition
DofE Silver Open Walking Expeditions

What you will need to provide:

  • All food - we will provide advance guidance on what you will need to bring.
  • Transport to and from location - we will give advice on the easiest way to get there including the use of public transport if required
  • Personal clothing and equipment


Additional Information

We need a minimum of five participants to run an Expedition.

All DofE bookings are taken on the basis that if we do not achieve this minimum on a particular Expedition we will give you the option to change to an alternative date or we will provide you with a full refund.

For previously established groups of four or more people bespoke dates can be organized on request.

We have a dedicated groups co-ordinator who will be happy to help with any enquiries, please call  01202 403276 for a chat or email