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Expedition information

On Expedition with Kirklees DofE

Achieving your Award is an adventure from beginning to end and this section can give you some of your most memorable experiences!

From sailing along the Norfolk Broads to walking in Canada or horse riding in the Brecon Beacons, it can as far-flung or as close to home as you want it to be. You can also choose how you want to travel – it doesn't just have to be on foot! You could choose to do your expedition by bike, by canoe, by kayak, by wheelchair, by sailing boat or even on a horse or llama!


There'll need to be between four and seven of you in an expedition team (eight if you've chosen to travel by tandem canoe or bike). With your team, you'll plan an aim for your expedition, decide on your location and do lots of fun training to make sure you're fully prepared and know what you're doing! Your Leader will arrange a Supervisor to work with your team to organise all of this and help you plan your expedition. Once you've done the preparation the fun starts when you go out and do a practice and a qualifying expedition.


Once you've completed your final expedition you'll give a presentation about your experiences and your achievements to your Supervisor, Assessor or another adult.

Little Deer Wood and Kirklees DofE run a number of expedition packages. To find out more see out Little Deer Wood Expedition Page.

Gold paddle Expedition River Wye

Qualifier - Over the Easter School Holiday

134 Kilometers over four days down the beautiful River Wye - are you up for the challenge!

Residential Project

Based at Little Deer Wood Activity Centre, Shepley Bridge Marina, Mirfield, all paddle and expedition training is undertaken by experienced and qualified Instructors. Starting in September, you will be eligible for 6 months worth of open boat (Canadian) canoeing for your physical section, and a Residential Project is included too.

Places are limited to 24 paddlers so it is a case of first come first serve…

For timetable and further details please email: martin.bedford@kirklees.gov.uk


Helpful Hints

These might be of use to you (or your parents!) when preparing and packing for your expedition.

Expedition Resources

Lupine Adventure have some really useful downloads and resources on Expedition Training to help volunteers deliver at their various schools and Open Award centres etc.
There are 12 lesson plans to cover classroom sessions for the whole expedition syllabus.

We have their permission, so please take advantage of:    



Leader Expedition Notification Procedures

For Leaders that need help with what they need to do in order to run an expedition, please see the Expedition Notification Process page in addition to the DofE Award Groups Operations Manual for help.



There are currently many temporary changes in place due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Please see the National Website for all the current details. www.dofe.org/dofewithadifference


Equipment Hire

If you are in need of any equipment for your expedition, we have kit that you maybe interested in hiring to cut the costs of buying your own new.

See our Kit Hiring page for more information.


More Information

To find out more about our WACKY programmes please get in touch via:

Email - dofe.awards@kirklees.gov.uk

Phone - 01484 225952



Participant booking – terms and conditions

Borrowed Kit for Kirklees DofE
Kit is leant on a first come first serve basis so please try and provide as much personal kit as you can including waterproofs. Kit that is damaged or lost will be charged for in addition to the cost of the expedition at the cost of it being replaced.

Subject to Change
Information given about events is subject to change due to any unforeseeable circumstances or restrictions in place. This includes dates, locations and any element of the opportunity. If changes have to be made or the event is postponed, we will contact either your centre/school/college or yourself direct to make you aware.

Confirmation of Place
Kirklees DofE will not send confirmation of your place but will check with centres that expedition groups are correct and will inform you of missing forms and payments where needed. Confirmation can be requested through the Kirklees DofE Office or your leaders.

By Participant
Cancellations need to be confirmed in writing to the Kirklees DofE Office.  The following refunds will apply to cancellation s unless otherwise stated on the form:

  • Cancellation more than one month before the course date
    100% refund (less the cost of any materials or
    other costs incurred)
  • Cancellation 21-31 days before the start of the course
    75% refund
  • Cancellation 11-20 days before the start of the course
    50% refund
  • Cancellation 6-10 days before the start of the course
    25% refund
  • Cancellation within 6 days of the start of the course
    No refund

The course start date is the first day of your package

By the DofE
In the unlikely event of your expedition having to be cancelled we will advise you as soon as this change is known.  We will offer alternative dates or, at your request, a refund.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018
The information you provide to Kirklees Council is necessary for project management, development and audit and will be used for those purposes only.  The DofE Team may share it with other Council Services and Partner Agencies where this is necessary for and consistent with the stated purposes.  You can view Kirklees Council policies via http://www.kirklees.gov.uk/privacy.

For more information contact the Kirklees DofE office.