Duke of Edinburgh
DofE Expeditions & Gold Residential
We run expeditions for Bronze, Silver and Gold participants plus Gold DofE Residentials. We are an Approved Activity Provider (AAP) and can put together a tailored package for your group. We have trained DofE supervisors and assessors and run courses not just in North Wales but Scotland, Lake District and abroad.
for Gold DofE
Come and complete your Gold DofE Residential at Arete Outdoor Centre. We offer 5-day activity courses, where you can join other Gold participants for a week of fun. There are a three course options to choose from, as listed below. Each day we will be out around the Mountains of Snowdonia or on the coastline of Anglesey, making the most of the great venue options we have in North Wales.
Accommodation: All course options are fully catered and based in Arete Outdoor Centre, North Wales.
Cost: £300 per person
Dates: For all options;
- 20-24 July 2020 (full)
- 10-14 August 2020 (new)
- 17-21 August 2020
- 24-28 August 2020
Midday start on the first day and mid afternoon finish on the last day. Sunday night arrival or Saturday morning departure possible at £15 extra per night.
Transport: Pickups and drop offs are available to and from Bangor train station. Car park available for those self driving.
Booking: Please contact us with your preferred dates and activity option.
Multi-Activity Week: Participate in popular activities such as coasteering, gorge scrambling, rock climbing and kayaking. Choose your preferred activities as the week progresses, with all the options we offer being a possibility.
Water Activity Week: Concentrate on all those activities that involve getting wet. Explore the coastline of Anglesey via coasteering or sea kayaking and rivers and gorges of Snowdonia on foot or in a boat. Great way of spending a summer week in North Wales
Rock Activity Week: Based either in the mountains or on the rock of North Wales. Land based to concentrate on rock climbing, scrambling and mountaineering.
There is also a 2 day multi pitch climbing option for an extra £120 per person. This is for those keen to pursue rock climbing, allowing longer and more committing routes to be climbed. There are many classic multi pitch routes around North Wales in the mountains or on the sea cliffs. why
“We run all our Gold DofE expeditions through Arete, and have done for many years. Some great kayaking assessments in Scotland, Sweeden, Croatia and Crete to name a few destinations.“
Royal Grammar School Worcester, June 2017
for Bronze, Silver & Gold DofE
We use two man open canoes which offer plenty of space to carry and transport kit while on expedition. Multi-day trips can be done down inland rivers and sheltered coastlines. For open canoes there can be up to 8, rather than the usual 7, per DofE team. We can supply boats, safety kit, tents, stoves and clothing.
We initially run canoe coaching and training days for the group to improve their boat handling skills. We make sure they have a mixture of British Canoe Union (BCU) two and three star skills so that they can safely and efficiently handle the canoes while on expedition. The number of extra training days will depend on the participants previous experience.
Bronze Canoe Expedition
At Bronze the expedition is over two days and one night. Venues in North Wales include the River Dee and Mawddach, Conwy or Drwyd Estuary with coastal sections. All of these provide varied and beautiful sections travelling out of the mountains and onto the sea.
Silver Canoe Expedition
The Silver expedition is over three days and two nights. The River Wye in South Wales provides an ideal multi-day river. There are various estuary’s in North Wales that can be combined with coastal sections too. There needs to be 7 hours of activity per day including project time for Silver expeditions. Being on water provides new opportunities for unique and interesting project topics.
Gold Canoe Expeditions
The Gold offers great opportunities to explore wilderness areas of the UK. The Gold DofE expedition is over four days with three nights. We often run the initial coaching and practice expedition around North Wales. The River Wye can be used for practice or assessment, with enough river for four days of paddling and plenty of camping options along its banks. For the Gold assessment, Scotland offers the best expedition opportunities. Rivers Tay or Spey are popular choices with wild camping options for both.
Sea Kayak Expeditions
for Bronze, Silver & Gold DofE
We have a fleet of sea kayaks, that are fast through the water and can hold plenty of kit. Depending on participants skills, we run initial training days to cover British Canoe Union (BCU) 2 star skills and rescue skills. As they develop sea awareness and boat handling skills they can become more independent on their assessment.
We can supply boats, safety kit, tents, stoves and clothing.
Bronze Sea Kayak Expedition
North Wales has many two day expedition options, the required length for Bronze. There are friendly and sheltered sections of coastline that allow for easy access to the water and campsite options for an overnight stay. Typical locations would be around Barmouth and Pwllheli.
Silver Sea Kayak Expedition
The Silver expedition is over three days, with the longer expedition allowing us to explore more varied coastline around North Wales. The south west or south east corners of Anglesey can be used or the sandy venues on the southern side of the Llyn peninsular.
Gold Sea Kayak Expedition
The Gold expedition is over four days and three nights. Over this period most of Anglesey can be circumnavigated, teaching the groups to calculate the tides around the island. The estuaries offer bad weather options with sheltered sections of coastline in the Menai Straits, south of the Llyn and Cymran Straits. The qualifying assessment expedition can be done in North Wales or Scotland. On the West Coast of Scotland there are many islands, open sea and lochs to explore. The Scottish terrain lends itself to wild camping with many remote and wilderness ares for a truly memorable trip.
for Bronze, Silver & Gold DofE