Congratulations on reaching Gold Level for your DofE! If you are now looking for an open group where you can complete your Practice and Qualifying Expeditions, come to Harbour Challenge and benefit from over 25 years of Duke of Edinburgh experience. 

Our Gold open DofE group Expeditions are perfect for pre-formed teams looking to complete their Expedition or for individuals who wish to 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 a closed Facebook page to get the planning discussions started and help you get to know people on your Expedition!

We run our Practice Expedition over four days and three nights and Qualifying Expeditions over five days and four nights, with both containing a full day's training and familiarization day 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  and complete the necessary paperwork.HARBOUR CHALLENGE TERMS AND CONDITIONS 2018


  • Practice £275
  • Qualifying £325
  • Package Date 25th May - 28th May (Practice)
  • Package Date 28th June - 1st July (Qualifying)

Money from every activity you purchase goes directly to helping those less fortunate to try the same activities. You can see where your money makes a difference by checking out our charity page for our latest projects.

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

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 organised on request. 

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The Duke of Edinburgh Gold Walking Expedition takes place in Dartmoor. 

  • Expedition Package Includes
    • 4 Day Practice Expedition
    • 4 Day Qualifying Expedition
    • 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