The DofE Adventure15 & 16 September

The DofE Adventure15 & 16 September

An unforgettable weekend

Every year, thousands of young people take part in an Expedition as part of their Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Award. They push themselves out of their comfort zone, enjoying the great outdoors and get a taste of an expedition.

The DofE Adventure is the chance for everyone aged 18+ to get a taste of an expedition. Taking place on 15 and 16 September 2018 in the Cotswolds, it promises to be an unforgettable weekend hiking and camping, fundraising for the DofE Charity.

Enjoy a challenging hike

Whether you go it alone or as a team, you’ll experience a fabulous camaraderie as you walk through the glorious Cotswolds. Checkpoints along the way offer drinks and snacks to keep you going.

‘I felt really alive and would love to do it again and again.’   Georgina

Relax at
Base Camp

Everyone comes together at Base Camp for a truly special overnight stay. Tents supplied by Vango, marquee, bar and live music all provided. Relax round the campfire or dance the night away.

‘Fabulous food, great music, superb company’   Zoe

Earn your reward

You’ll help more young people transform their lives through the DofE. To go along with a huge sense of achievement, we’ll give you a t-shirt, medal and personalised certificate.

‘A real tough challenge and huge achievement, all for a worthy charity.’   Dave

Choose your Adventure

  • Opt for one day (30km) or two days (50km). Everyone stays overnight at Base Camp.
  • Follow a signposted route or put your self-navigation skills to the test and map your own!
  • Get a team together or go it alone. You’ll make plenty of friends along the way.
Registration fees
What’s included
Fundraising option
Price : £110 registration fee* +
£150 minimum fundraising target
Self-funded option
Price : £110 registration fee* +
£100 balance + optional fundraising

*Registration fee same for one and two day Adventure. Standard price £110

What’s included
  • Easy to set up JustGiving fundraising page, linked straight from your registration
  • Oodles of fundraising support, including a fundraising guide, hints and tips, downloadable poster, sponsorship form and more
  • Training plans so that you know you’re fit and ready to hike
  • Meet fellow Adventurers in our DofE Adventure Facebook group before you go
On The Adventure
  • Checkpoints along the route, fully stocked with hot drinks and refreshments
  • 2-person Vango tent to yourself, ready when you arrive at Base Camp
  • Sleeping mat
  • Hot showers
  • Cooking areas
  • Marquee with bar and live music
  • Campfires
  • Games
  • Medal when you cross the finish line
  • Personalised certificate
  • The money you raise will enable more young people across the UK transform their lives through taking part in the DofE
Event details
Below is some key information, with lots more available on the Event details page. Adventurers will receive more information in the weeks before the event, including start times and meal booking form.

The start line, Base Camp and finish line will all be at the same location in the Cotswolds.

Friday 14 September

This year, we’re opening Base Camp on Friday evening. For an additional £15 you can camp overnight, ready to start bright and early on Saturday morning. There will also be a pre-pay dinner.

Saturday 15 September

Setting off

Groups will set off in waves for the day’s 30km hike. Self-navigators will be given key coordinates in advance and a GPS tracker on the day.

Checkpoints along the way

Water, snacks, toilets and medical support will be available along the route from checkpoints manned with support staff. You’ll need to check in so we know you’re safe and well.

A night under the stars

One-day Adventurers receive their medal as they cross the finish line at Base Camp, where everyone stays overnight. You’ll be directed to your tent, which will be pitched and ready. Have a hot shower before dinner and a drink at the bar.

Take a seat by the campfire and share your DofE stories, or enjoy live entertainment in the marquee before getting some well-earned rest.

Sunday 16 September

It’s home time for one-day Adventurers.  The first of the two-day Adventurers will set off from 7am for their 20km hike; you can join a start wave at your leisure.

Checkpoints will be spaced out over the route. You finish back at Base Camp to collect your well-deserved medal before heading home.


Meals will be available to pre-order before the event:

  • Dinner (Friday
  • Packed lunches
  • Hot buffet dinner (Saturday)
  • Hot buffet breakfast (Sunday)

Or you can bring your own.

Go to the Event Details page >

The DofE Adventure offers a superb opportunity for team bonding and networking out of the office. Find out more about entering a corporate team.

Change a life

Jon was a young offender who was offered the chance to do his DofE while in prison. Through the programme he discovered a passion for cooking and now runs his own catering company.

By supporting the DofE, you’ll enable more young people like Jon start their journey toward self-discovery, self-belief and success.

Read Jon’s Story