Expedition areas

At Gold level, all participants should aim for their expedition to take place in wild country. If this is not possible then open country is acceptable, agree this in advance with the Licensed Organisation and DofE Regional/Country Office. Most areas of wild country have accessible tracts of level terrain on valley floors, moorlands or plateaus that can be used.

The DofE Green Form must be used to notify the DofE that you are organising either an unaccompanied practice or a qualifying expedition in one of the DofE’s designated wild country areas. An unaccompanied expedition is one where remote supervision is used at any point, that is, all final practices and qualifying expeditions. Any training where remote supervision is used must also be notified to the DofE Assessor Network Co-ordinator for the wild country area you are visiting (using the notification form). See below for contact details. In addition a copy must be sent to your Licensed Organisation and their approval received.

Download Green Form

Users of wild country should send the expedition notification form to the appropriate Assessor Network Co-ordinator two months prior to the expedition, or four weeks if no Assessor is required. It is stressed that these are minimum time requirements and that the maximum advance notice should be given to allow time for postage, suggested changes and so on.

Assessment fees

The Fees for Assessments through the DofE Expedition Assessor Networks for the following season are as follows:

Bronze: £55*
Silver: £75
Gold: £100
These can be purchased via DofE Essentials and redeemed with one of our expedition networks. (Sign into eDofE and click on the [ESSENTIALS] link.)

There is no fee payable to the DofE if you use an Accredited Assessor who is not part of a DofE Assessment Network (though there is likely to be a charge made by the Assessor).

*Due to high demand and the limited number of volunteer Assessors, DofE Assessor Networks often cannot offer assessments at Bronze level. Priority will always be given to Gold level expeditions, which must take place in Wild Country. Leaders considering requesting a Bronze level assessment from an Assessor Network are encouraged to consider whether their participants are best served by undertaking an expedition in Wild Country. Leaders who wish to request a Bronze level assessment from an Assessor Network should contact the relevant Assessor Network Coordinator to check that an Assessor will be available before purchasing an Expedition Assessment Voucher.

Wild country expedition areas

England expedition areas

Cheviot Hills (Border Forests)

Cumbria

Dartmoor

Durham Dales & High Pennines

Exmoor

Isle of Man

North York Moors

Peak District

Severn & Wye

Yorkshire Dales/Pennines

Scotland expedition areas

– Caithness & Sutherland

– Central Scotland

– Galloway Hills

– Greater Cairngorms

– Inverness

– Isle of Arran

– Isle of Mull

– Lochaber & District

– Lomond & Argyll

– Lowther Hills

– Ross and Cromarty

– Scottish Borders

– Skye

– Western Isles

Scotland expedition areas

Wales expedition areas

Snowdonia/Mid Wales/Brecon Beacons

Wales Expedition Areas

Northern Ireland expedition areas

Antrim Hills

BELB

Mournes

Sperrin Mountains

Non wild country expedition areas

The following areas are not in wild country. Some Licensed Organisations have formed volunteer groups of Expedition Assessors to provide assessments in these areas areas, which are managed by their Licensed Organisation and enquiries should be directed to the contact listed below

Hampshire/New Forest

Liz Drake
99 Langdown Road, Hythe, Southampton SO45 6ER
T: 02380 815254
E: [email protected]

Forest of Dean

Notification forms are not required by groups going to the Forest of Dean, however the Forestry Commission has a permission system in place for users intending to stay in the forest. Any groups wishing to wild camp in the Dean should send an e-mail with group name, number of people, date and which site they are intending to stay at to: [email protected]