Expedition Networks in Wales

If you are planning on visiting Wales to complete your DofE expedition in the Brecon Beacons, Mid Wales or Snowdonia, you might find the following information useful.

Groups Visiting Wales

Supervisors and Leaders must submit notifications by email (hard copies are no longer accepted) at least four weeks prior to the expedition date to [email protected].

The Wales Expedition Panel acknowledges receipt of all notifications. If you do not receive an acknowledgement of receipt within a couple of working days please contact the office on 01874 623086 or 01874 615383 (direct line).

The Wales Expedition Panel then checks that the notification meets the DofE 20 Conditions.

You will also need to send a map of the route, either as a scanned PDF or as an online mapping attachment, we only require route cards for expeditions being assessed by the network.

Network Assessors

Here is a guide to the process of requesting a Network Assessor in Wales, including FAQs.

Contact us

Wales Expedition Network Co-ordinator:

Beverley Williams-Pugh
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
First Floor
Plas Y Ffynnon
Cambrian Way
Brecon
Powys
LD3 7HP

(P/T: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday)

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
Wales / Cymru

E: [email protected]

T: 01874 623086 / 01874 615383 (direct line)

Hot spots and access issues

Specific information if you are visiting the Brecon Beacons:

– Newcourt Farm, Brecon Beacons (Grid Reference: SO 19611 36770)
Newcourt Farm is a popular base for training and expeditions. There are a limited number of routes into and out of the campsite, some pass through or are close to properties and all pass-through farmland where there is potential to meet livestock. Please ensure groups are respectful to neighbouring landowners and follow the signs on the ground. Familiarise yourself with the routes around the campsite and make sure that you brief your young people appropriately.

Dan Y Mynydd, Brecon Beacons (Grid Reference: SO 19793 35872)
You will note that the small holding has three rights of way across the holding. On arrival at the property please follow the footpath straight across from the entrance. Do not park in the entrance and use it as a checkpoint.

Neuadd Fawr, Brecon Beacons (Grid Reference: SO 24179 22884)
Please note and adhere to the permitted path changes made by Brecon Beacons National Park Authority to the footpaths running near Neuadd Fawr Farm, Llanbedr. These are well signposted on site but draw the attention of your teams to these directly as well.

– Wild camping is not permitted in the Brecon Beacons National Park without landowner consent, ensure you have this or camp in an approved site.

If your group encounters any access/rights of way issues please report them to:

Eifion Jones, Rights of Way Officer, Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

E: [email protected]

www.beacons-npa.gov.uk/environment/planning-access-and-row/

 

Specific information if you are visiting Snowdonia:

– We have been notified by Snowdonia National Park that OS have recently printed an update for OL17 Snowdonia. All groups visiting the area should ensure they have the latest version as some routes have changed significantly.

– Worlds End Estate, Near Llangollen (Grid Reference: SJ 21687 45934)
Private land should not be used for parking or other activities without the landowners permission. In this area we have received reports that some leaders have not co-operated with the landowner when being asked to move. The roads here are narrow and can get congested with large vehicles – avoiding checkpoints, drop offs and pick ups in this area would be advisable.

A4086 Road Issue, Snowdonia (Grid Reference: SH 71226 57853)
Groups visiting the Snowdonia area and following the footpath south from the Sheepfold (Plas Y Brenin) should remain on the footpath running adjacent to the A4086 road rather than walking on the main road.

– We have been notified that Cae Du Campsite in northern Snowdonia near Beddgelert has recently closed, please ensure you make contact and pre book campsites before the expeditions commence.

If your group encounters any access/rights of way issues please report them to:

Peter Rutherford, Access Officer at Snowdonia National Park

E: [email protected]

www.snowdonia.gov.wales/looking-after/public-access