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The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award has changed the lives of thousands of young people across the UK, its combination of personal development, challenge and achievement making it a unique experience. There are so many rewards for young people who do DofE programmes and achieve the awards. Its balanced programme of activities develops the whole person, mind, body and soul in an environment of social interaction and team working.

Furthermore, as doing their DofE involves developing a personal programme of challenging activities, participants will enjoy experiences and rewards.

Real Adventure is a Duke of Edinburgh's Award Approved Activity Provider. We work closely with DofE head office and DofE Operating Authorities across the country to ensure our programmes fulfil the DofE Expedition Requirements.

Real Adventure offers expeditions via foot and canoe and provides three elements to help you ensure your participants achieve their DofE awards - Pre-expedition training, Practice and Qualifying Expeditions. You can choose to use all elements as a whole package or choose individual elements to suit your needs.

Pre-Expedition Training

​This course will introduce young people to some of the basics of expedition life to help them prepare for their practice and qualifying expeditions. Participants have the opportunity to listen to advice and ask questions to our Real Adventure instructors who will provide top tips for undertaking a self-sufficient expedition. Training can take place in-school but we would highly recommend navigation training to be undertaken in an area similar to that chosen for the practice and qualifying expeditions. Elements of the training framework covered could include:

Navigation techniques

Personal and group kit

Camp craft and tents

Stoves, cooking and menu planning

Safety and first aid

Route choices and planning including completing route cards

Expedition Planning

Wild Country Walking Expeditions

Training, Practice and Qualifying Expeditions will all be undertaken in areas the DofE consider to be wild country including Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and Pennines, Peak District, Snowdonia, Brecon Beacons and all Scottish areas. Each expedition will be undertaken in a different wild country area and Real Adventure instructors will ensure all teams are equipped with the appropriate skills to journey safely and independently throughout their expedition. Wild Country Expeditions are available for all levels of the award.

Cairn mor and beag canoe expedition

Canoe Expeditions

Training and Practice:

This course is based in the lake district and will be over a minimum of 3 days.

Day 1: Skills training on flat water

Day 2: Progress the skills of the group to moving water

Day 3: Will look at the journey aspect of canoeing and include self rescue and emergency procedure


The group will plan an expedition through Scotland and then the execution of the master plan. Real Adventure will be in the distance supervising the team and monitoring higher risk aspects allowing the team to be safe but independent.

Lakes Winter

Winter Mountaineering Skills in the Lake District

​A course designed for those with some experience of winter hill walking who wish to develop and consolidate their skills and do more challenging mountaineering routes. In addition to reviewing the correct use of ice axes and crampons and how to arrest a slip or fall we teach you rope skills including how to move safely securing a team on steep ground using ropes and belaying techniques. We also teach you the skills needed to navigate safely in winter conditions, assess mountain hazards e.g. avalanche risk and deal with survival situations.

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