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 a closed Facebook page 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 also a licensed provider.

We run each of our Practice and Qualifying Expeditions over three days and two nights, with both containing a full day's 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 closely supervised and offered further instruction until they and we 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.HARBOUR CHALLENGE TERMS AND CONDITIONS 2018



  • Practice £150
  • Qualifying £165

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 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. 

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

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We can offer a variety of locations from the New Forest, Purbeck Hills, Chiltern Hills and for the more adventurous of you, we can offer Dartmoor and any other locations country wide on request.

  • Expedition Package Includes
    • 1 Day Pre Training/ Familiarisation at the start of your practise expedition
    • 2 Day Practice Expedition
    • 3 Day Qualifying Expedition
    • Map skills
    • Route planning
    • Compass work
    • Packing rucksacks
    • Basic first aid
    • Camp craft skills
    • Emergency procedures
    • Cost of campsite fees
    • 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