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Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Expeditions

"The week was fantastic and we cannot rate Dave and Elliot’s skill and attitude highly enough."  Samantha Robertson, Paddling Adventure group

As a DofE Approved Activity Provider, Abernethy, with its AALS licences, has a great deal to offer the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award participants.  We can provide a range of expeditions at all Award levels for groups:

  • Walking – training, practice and qualifying expeditions at Bronze, Silver and Gold level (at all centres)
  • Canoeing – training, practice and qualifying expeditions at Bronze, Silver and Gold level (at all centres)
  • Mountain Biking – training, practice and qualifying expeditions at Silver and Gold level (at Abernethy Barcaple)

We can provide your group with kit, including food and canoes, and we have DofE accredited supervisors and assessors to work with the groups to ensure they are equipped with the knowledge and skills to navigate through rural, open or wild country. Expeditions can take place from April to October and there should be a minimum of 5 participants per expedition.


Gold Expedition dates at Abernethy Ardeonaig: Canoeing

Our expeditions for 2019 have now finished.  Come back for 2020!

Gold Expedition dates at Abernethy Barcaple: Mountain Biking

New for 2019 is an alternative way to complete your expedition — by bike! 

Abernethy Barcaple are now able to run Duke of Edinburgh Mountain Biking Expeditions (practice and qualifying) for Bronze, Silver and Gold.  

We’d recommend two days training prior to the practise expedition.  This can be done in the same week as the practise or organised as a separate stay at Abernethy Barcaple: we can organise for our Instructors to deliver this training closer to you, according to your needs, rather than from our Barcaple Centre, hopefully saving you time!

A sample Training programme may look like:

Day 1 training     

  • AM – Morning of maintenance and trail side repairs
  • PM – Half day ride with trailers and nav training

Day 2 training

  • Full day ride, improving personal riding, decision making and Nav practice

Please contact Abernethy Barcaple on 01557 820261 or email us for further information, and to discuss your needs and for pricing details.


Group Expedition prices

  • Expedition daily rate per person: Walking £50 | Canoeing £56
  • Food package daily rate per person: £9
  • Equipment hire per person per expedition: £20
  • Camp site hire is dependent on the site

Open Expeditions

To enable these expeditions to go ahead, in line with DofE award guidelines, we need to have a minimum of 5 people signed up for each expedition and will not be able to confirm that they will go ahead until this is the case.  Please contact us as soon as possible if you would like to be part of an expedition and we will be pleased to send you more information and timescales for preparing routes etc.

Looking for a DofE Expedition?

We sometimes run other Open DofE Expeditions throughout the year other than those listed above.  Contact the Centres for dates and more information on both walking and canoe expeditions.

Abernethy Ardeonaig | call 01567 820523 or e-mail us for more information

Abernethy Barcaple | call 01557 820261 or e-mail us for more information

Useful links

Abernethy Ardeonaig | Abernethy Ardgour | Abernethy Barcaple | Abernethy Nethybridge


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