Red Form notification

The DofE Red Expedition Notification Form

It is mandatory that ALL expeditions in normal country in the Peak District National Park are notified to the Central Expedition Assessor Network. Your co-operation will help us to maintain the good relationship that exists between the DofE and the people that live and work in the Park.


When should I complete and submit this form?

At least four weeks before the start of the expedition


Why is this form required?

  • For informing the Central Expedition Assessor Network about expeditions in normal country within the National Park.
  • To enable the National Park Authority to gather statistics on the number of young people visiting the Park.
  • To enable the Assessor Network to more closely understand the movement of DofE teams within the National Park.
  • To enable us to target local information accordingly.


Why do we have to do this?

Due to the very large numbers of DofE teams coming into the Peak District National Park (over 2,000 each year), we need to be able to monitor activity more closely. In addition, it will enable us to target local information to DofE teams more effectively. For example, if we know of an issue at a campsite you are planning to use, we will let you know.


What if I want to request a Network Assessor?

Use the Green wild country notification form because it provides more detailed information for the DofE Expedition Assessor than does this Red Form. Notify us at least 6 weeks in advance of the start of the expedition, as per instructions on that form. This applies even if you are in normal country.


Where is the Peak District Normal Country?

Most of the terrain under 400 metres in altitude on the Explorer OL 24 White Peak map is in DofE-designated ‘normal country’ and it is usual for Bronze and Silver teams to use this part of the Peak District for expeditions. In addition to this area on the OL 24 map, all the area up to northing 85 on the Explorer OL1 Dark Peak map is normal country, including the Mam Tor ridge. If you are coming to normal country and not requesting a Central Expeditions Network Assessor, please use this Red Form.


Where is the Peak District Wild Country?

Wild country is currently defined as the area of land approximately equal to the access land north of the Edale Valley, or north of the 85 northing.

The western and eastern boundaries are the 00 easting and the 30 easting on the OL1 map, and the northernmost boundary is the M62 on Explorer OL21 map.

The introduction of the CROW Act and the publication of the moorlands map by Moors for the Future have now allowed us to include the higher parts of the Staffordshire moorlands, including the Roaches and the Goyt and Coombs Moss areas, for day one or day four in the case of Gold expeditions – shown on the Explorer OL 24 Map as access land.

The ‘edges’ in the north eastern section of the Explorer OL 24 Map also offer some scope for the first half of day one or the last half of Day four in the case of Gold expeditions.

It is possible to form a route which links these areas of the National Park to traditional Wild Country in the north. Bronze and Silver teams do NOT normally use these higher areas of the Staffordshire Moorlands and other access land areas for expeditions as shown on the OL 24 White Peak District map. If they plan to do so then the training should be at Gold standard.

It is sometimes necessary to use campsites that lie a little outside of these approximate boundary lines to fit in with sensible route planning.

If you are coming to any of our Gold wild country areas (even if only part of the expedition is there) or if you have any doubts, always use the Green wild country notification form.


Further information regarding Wild Country

Please note a full map of the Peak District Wild Country boundary is available on the Expedition Area web page in the form of a GPX file which can be opened using eDofE Mapping. You can find this and other Peak District information at:

Please remember all Gold expeditions must be in wild country in order to meet the 20 conditions so please ensure you check this carefully.

Contact [email protected] if you need any further information.


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