The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

What is a DofE hill walking expedition?
Pinpoint Adventure is a DofE Approved Activity Provider meaning we can provide all aspects of expedition training including navigation, campcraft and care for the environment. We provide the technical expertise for practice and qualifying / assessment walking expeditions at bronze, silver and gold level. We can provide these expeditions in throughout the UK. The qualifying expeditions are as follows:

  • Bronze (2 days walking with 1-night camping)
  • Silver (3 days walking with 2 nights camping).
  • Gold (4 days walking with 3 nights camping).

We can work in partnership with a school or youth group in providing training or practice expeditions, or independently in assessing qualifying expeditions.

Who can do it?
Pinpoint Adventure currently provides training and expeditions in partnership with several schools in the North of England. We can also provide this service for youth groups or other organisations. We can provide DofE hill walking expeditions to all ages (within the DofE parameters) and abilities, including adults and children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Where can I do this?
In the UK the main areas that Pinpoint Adventure use for Duke of Edinburgh's Award expeditions are the North Pennines, Hadrian’s Wall – Northumberland and Cumbria, Kielder - Northumberland, the Cheviots - Northumberland and the Lake District - Cumbria. Although we can provide expeditions in other areas of the UK.

When can I do this?
An expedition can take place during the normal Duke of Edinburgh's Award expedition time frame i.e. between the end of March and the end of October, although exceptions can be granted for this.

Why book with Pinpoint Adventure?
Pinpoint Adventure only uses qualified and experienced instructors, with a minimum of a Summer Mountain Leader Award and the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Accredited Assessor qualification for UK based expeditions. In addition, because of our extensive qualifications, knowledge of geography and bushcraft backgrounds you will get far more than just a walking leader. We bring with us a wealth of mountaineering experience and have a passion and enthusiasm for all aspects of the mountain environment including navigating, conservation, ecology, geology, glaciation and hydrology.

What do I need to bring?
We can work together with a school or youth group to ensure that all appropriate planning has taken place and that the youngsters are appropriately equipped in terms of both their personal equipment and campcraft kit.

How much does a DofE expedition cost?

We charge a daily rate per instructor, assuming a DofE expedition in Northumberland, Cumbria, County Durham or Yorkshire where the travelling time is less than 1 hour 15 minutes from Hexham, Northumberland. However, if you would like a DofE expedition elsewhere then please just let us know and we'll be happy to provide a quotation for your DofE expedition in your chosen location.

2024 Pricing:Description:
£190 per instructor per day
For daytime expedition supervision, e.g. training, practice and qualifying expeditions from start point to finish point of each day.
£250 per instructor per day
For daytime supervision plus stove and tent supervision on training, practice and qualifying expeditions, including campcraft such as pitching tents and cooking on stoves etc.
£280 per instructor per dayFor daytime, tent and stove, and overnight supervision on training, practice and qualifying expeditions, including campcraft such as pitching tents and cooking on stoves etc. (i.e. Pinpoint Adventure instructor will camp on site).
£30 per night then £10 per night thereafter
Tent hire for DofE expeditions; at £30 per night for the first night of hire, then £10 per night thereafter.
£15 per day then £5 per day thereafter
Stoves (including gas) hire for DofE expeditions; at £15 per day for the first day of hire, then £5 per day thereafter.
£10 per day per group
Map hire; OS maps at 1:25k scale can be provided, minimum 2 x maps per group.

How do I make a booking?
We would be delighted to provide you with a DofE hill walking expedition - to make a booking or for more information please contact Tom on 07843762611 or via