Hampshire DofE Gold Challenge Expedition

Open to ages 16 to 24

Excellent trainers, supportive, informative, challenging and friendly
 Participant feedback, 2020
Enjoyable yet challenging experience. That pushes you individually and as a team. Definitely the best DofE yet, I had so much fun
 Participant feedback, 2020
Challenging, good fun and definitely worth it
 Participant feedback, 2020
Go for it! You will be in good hands
 Participant feedback, 2020
Everything was perfect! Up to date, flexible, achievable, hard work and challenging. Really well organized. Thank you!
 Parent feedback, 2020


25 to 31 July 2022 Price - £310 (includes camping) - Fully booked

22 to 28 October 2022 Price - £310 (includes camping) - sign up closes 30 September 2022

DofE Gold Challenge Expedition poster 2022

DofE Expedition Kit List and Itinerary

The DofE Expedition Kit List is your essential checklist when preparing the kit you need for your DofE expedition. Hampshire Outdoors will provide tents, stoves, pans, gas, maps and compasses. 

Expedition food

As you will be providing your own food for the duration of the expeditions see the eating on your expedition resource.

Acclimatisation day

  • Meet and greet, get to know each other and get into our expedition teams
  • With your instructor you will find a suitable pitch and put up tents
  • Your instructor will go conduct a kit and bag check. Making sure you are fully prepared
  • With your instructor, you will plan your expedition route
  • For dinner you can cook on stoves or head into Winchester for dinner. Staff will be on hand to ensure everyone has a full belly ready for the start of the expedition the following day
  • After dinner, you will head to the classroom for a group briefing on the Countryside Code, First Aid and Emergency procedures
  • Meet your assessor who will give you a detailed expedition briefing and agree assessment route meet locations

Practice Day 1

  • Winchester to East Meon – 29km - Total ascent 635.14m

Practice Day 2

  • East Meon to Cocking – 30km – Total ascent 848m

Assessed Day 1

  • Cocking to Washington – 30km – Total ascent 667m

Assessed Day 2

  • Washington to Pyecome – 24km – Total ascent 664m

Assessed Day 3

  • Pyecome to Southease – 25km – Total ascent 540m

Assessed Day 4 (Final Day!)

  • Southease to Eastbourne Pier – 26km – Total ascent 700m
  • Debrief with your assessor
  • Wave goodbye to your team and head home

How to book your place

  1. If you want to sign up you must be over the age of 16 and enrolled onto the Gold DofE Award.
  2. Book online
  3. Or drop us an email if you have any further questions.

Cancellation policy

Any changes or cancellations will need to be sent to dofe@hants.gov.uk

Cancellations made within 6 weeks of the start of the expedition: participants are liable for the full fee, no refund will be available.

Cancellation before 6 weeks of the start date of the expedition: Hampshire Outdoors will reimburse the client 50%.

Cancellation before 12 weeks of the start date of the expedition: Hampshire Outdoors will reimburse the client 90%.


Send enquiries to:

Joanne Parker
Mobile: 01962 846193

If you are a school looking for DofE Expedition Provider; please contact us to discuss your requirements. Further information: DofE Expeditions for Schools