Welcome to our Expedition Network. Please contact us and we would be happy to help you plan and undertake your expedition.
Peak District Wild Country boundaries.gpx – for eDofE mapping
The information packs for expeditions in the White Peak and Dark Peak areas have been produced in partnership with the Peak District National Park authority. We strongly advise you to use these guidelines when planning your expedition in the Peak District as they contain specific information from the National Park regarding access, car parking, and any other important local information and common issues.
The Central Assessor Network – Peak District area includes both normal country (suitable for Bronze and Silver expeditions) and wild country (suitable for Gold expeditions).
The eDofE mapping resource is available to all with access to eDofE – it enables you to create routes, save them, and then print or export them as .gpx files. We strongly encourage the use of this feature for mapping routes that need to be submitted to the CEAN Administrator.
As one of the larger Expedition Areas we receive over 700 notifications a year for the Dark Peak, and meet about 150 requests for assessment. It is estimated that we reach out to about 2,000 further teams coming in to normal country in the southern section of the National Park. With limited resources and hours in the day we are busy and struggle to cope with incomplete or late notifications. Missing information and lateness will jeopardise your chances of an Expedition Notification Number and / or an assessor if requested. Priority will always be given to complete sets of notifications.
Most of the terrain under 400m in altitude on the Explorer OL 24 White Peak map is in DofE designated normal country. In addition to this area on the OL 24 map, all the area up to northing 86 on the Explorer OL 1 Dark Peak map is normal country. This includes Rushup Edge, the Mam Tor ridge, and Stanage Edge.
We do not require notifications for expeditions in this area.
Wild country is defined as an area remote from habitation. DofE expeditions should be through, rather than over, wild country – it’s all about solitude not altitude. In the Peak District the wild country area is currently defined as the area approximately equal to the access land north of the Edale Valley, or north of the 86 northing.
If you are planning your expedition in wild country then you will need to submit a Green form.Download Green form
Your Green form is to be submitted to the CEAN Administrator at [email protected] along with your map routes and route cards in order for your expedition to be approved. This is to check that the expedition meets the 20 conditions set out by the DofE. When these conditions are fulfilled an expedition number will be issued. Please ensure that you submit your notifications in a timely manner.
It’s possible to produce a Green Form using data that is already stored in eDofE. For more information view the eDofE Expedition set up user guide. When setting up an expedition plan on eDofE you also have the opportunity to generate a Green form by clicking ‘Create Green Form’ at the very bottom of the plan which will open up a word document for you to fill in.
For Gold assessed expeditions please ensure that the Assessor includes the expedition number in their participants’ reports. Expedition sections that do not contain an expedition number will be queried when it comes for Gold Award Approval.
Please note that the Peak District is one of the only expedition areas that includes both normal and wild country and therefore all routes are checked to ensure that they are taking place in the recommended area for the level of expedition. Routes that follow just outside the wild country boundary do not count so please encourage groups to avoid walking long distances around the boundary. Also the use of long distance footpaths and established national trails such as the Pennine Way should be avoided, particularly at Silver and Gold level. Using small parts of these paths or trails is acceptable to link up other elements of the expedition for needs of the aim.
The Central Assessor Network – Peak District will assess teams at Bronze, Silver and Gold level with priority given to Gold teams. For any requests for Network Assessors please notify the CEAN Administrator at [email protected].
Please note that multiple assessments may prove difficult to meet, especially in the June to July period. You are advised to liaise closely with your Operating Authority or Operations Officer about alternative arrangements should we not be able to meet your request.
Network Assessor voucher codes are available for purchase on eDofE through the ‘Essentials’ tab. An Assessor voucher must be purchased for each team and entered in the appropriate space on the Green Form.
Please note that this list is not exhaustive and there may be other campsites available which are not on this list. We are unable to recommend campsites and it is the decision of the LO whether the campsites are acceptable and whether they fit with your intended routes.
We try to keep the camp site lists updated however if you come across any differing information please let us know. Similarly if you find any campsites that are not on this list we would love to accept contact details and locations for future groups.
We have plotted the camp sites listed on a google map to help you to visualise the locations.
– Brown pins are closest camp sites to designated Wild County Area.
-Orange pins are camp sites still in Dark Peak area, but far from designated Wild Country area.
– Blue pins are camp sites in the White Peak area – Bronze and Silver expeditions only.
Back of Ecton
As the Expedition season gets into full swing it is really important to remember to be mindful of those who live in the areas that you visit on your expeditions. Respecting local inhabitants and following the Countryside Code is vital to ensure that all involved have a positive experience. It’s extremely disappointing when we receive complaints from landowners due to DofE staff not being respectful of this.
Please be aware that the road to Back of Ecton (junction at SK 100 587) is a single track highway and is marked clearly as a ‘no through road’. There is no car park nor turning circle at the end of the lane, and the vehicular access is to dwellings only.
We have received complaints of leaders of groups driving down this track to visually monitor walking groups, using the driveway of houses at the end of the track to turn around, and even of leaders parking here. Please help us keep our countryside neighbours happy by following road signs and using designated carparks only, click here for a helpful map.
If you have groups travelling through this area please be conscious of the impact you may have to locals.
With the new expedition season soon starting we kindly remind all DofE visitors to the Peak District, whether they are participants or accompanying adults, to be mindful of your impact on the area. Where possible use designated carparks and pay for fees, take any litter away with you, and keep to the countryside code.
Please remember that some periods are busier than others, so we ask that you get your Green forms and prospective route maps and route cards in to the CEAN Administrator in a timely manner. This allows time for amendments or alterations to be made if necessary.