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Duke of Edinburgh's Award

Duke of Edinburgh's Award

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Our aim is to make running the DofE expeditions easy and most importantly enjoyable for the leaders.

Alfresco Adventures can help your pupils on their journey through the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, at all levels Bronze, Silver or Gold award. The award is truly inspiring and can develop pupil’s skills, confidence and outlook on life; making them stand out to colleges, universities and to future employers.

We will help you complete the expedition paperwork, the operating authority notifications, green forms and risk assessments.

Our involvement can be as much or as little as required, ranging from one off supervision to full on training.

We offer three modes of transport- walking, cycling and canoeing and can also provide a first aid qualification to pupils as additional training.

We provide free use of the following group kit, which is all high quality and well maintained:

  • Vango Mirage 300 tents (3 birth)
  • Lifesystems first aid kits
  • Compasses (Silva Ranger and Expedition 4)
  • Trangia stoves (we prefer to use gas trangias as we find it cleaner and safer)
  • Laminated OS 1:2500 maps for training and assessments. On expedition training we my use OS 1:50000 and Harvey 1:40000 maps as we believe it can help with training.

Any damages to Alfresco Adventures equipment will be billed to the school/ organisation.  For the recommended DofE kit list please click the link.   

We like to keep our pricing simple so for all our training and qualifying expeditions we charge £35 per person, per day (minimum of 7 participants).

Canoe hire is an additional cost of £25 per canoe, per day. We have Old Town Discovery 158 Canoes which are perfect for multi-day trips. Within the cost, you will receive:

  • Canoe
  • Paddle
  • Buoyancy aid
  • Drybags to store kit
  • Cag (a protective layer helping to keep you dry, trap heat and reduce wind chill)
  • As well as all the other standard issued kit

Open Expeditions

Our open expeditions are available on selected dates and take place in the North Yorkshire Moors, Yorkshire Dales and the Howgills.
Bronze
This cost includes an acclimatisation day route planning, kit checks, a question and answer session and a 2 hour refresher on navigation prior to the expedition. Cost £149.
Silver
This cost includes an acclimatisation day doing route planning, kit checks, a question and answer session and a 3 hour refresher on navigation prior the expedition. Cost £169.
Gold
This includes an acclimatisation day before the expedition doing route planning, kit checks, a question and answer session and a 3 hour refresher on navigation prior the expedition.
All presentations will be done on the afternoon/ evening of the final day. Cost £199.

Please note, we don’t hire bikes or pannier racks.

If you are just looking for an assessor we charge £175 per day, per assessor all our assessors hold a summer mountain leaders award, outdoor first aid and a current DBS as a minimum. One assessor can assess up to two groups.

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Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Locations

Just some of the places where we can offer this activity

  • Yorkshire Dales National Park

    Yorkshire Dales National Park

  • North York Moors National Park

    North York Moors National Park

  • Lake District National Park

    Lake District National Park

  • Peak District

    Peak District

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A DofE programme is a real adventure from beginning to end. It doesn't matter who you are or where you're from. You just need to be aged 14 and 24 and realise there's more to life than sitting on a sofa watching life pass you by. DofE Website

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