Canoe Green On Grey

Have you got what it takes? This is your opportunity to go above and beyond any other summer adventure and experience 19-days of classic wilderness challenge.

Tent And Trees Green On Grey

Going way beyond any regular DofE Expedition, The Ultimate Expedition takes you right back to our roots and is intended only for the most hardened Outward Bounders and budding explorers.

Free from the confines of the centre you'll find yourself spending each and every night camped out under the stars, amid some of the UK's most spectacular and remote places.

An epic journey across land and water, the expedition will reward and challenge you to do more thank you think. From becoming a leader and taking the initiative, to motivating yourself and making new friends, self-discovery will play a big part in everything that you do. 

Programme outcomes:

Mountain Sunrise Genuine adventure Brain Confidence and determination Plant Growing Growth mindsets Hand Holding Team working Speech Communication Leaves Care for the environment Light Bulb Leaderships skills Camping Independence Woman Worker Employability


 Dofe Icon Small Bronze and Silver expedition training, Bronze and Silver expedition practice plus Gold residential.

Tent And TreesIt's for:

Outward Bounders: Ideal for those who are looking to level up and progress from a 19-day Skills for Life Award or who are seasoned adventures thorugh our 7-day Serious Adventures or a course with their school, college or youth group. 

Budding Explorers: Teens who've grown up with a passion or fascination with nature, the environment or the wilderness. If you're an aspiring young Richard Attenborugh, Leo Houlding or Helen Skelton, this is for you.

Outdoorsy folk: Whether you're into mountain biking, rowing, running or rock climbing, the Ultimate Expedition is a chance to put your passion and skills to the test.

Overseas explorers: The British Isles has a lot to offer for those who are travelling from abroad. From picture perfect national parks to blockbuster back-drops (Tomb Raider, Star Wars, Harry Potter). And remember! What the UK may lack in sunshine, we make up for in our friendliness and hospitality! 


One price, all inclusive:

We only charge what it costs to deliver the programme. We're not interested in making money, just changing lives. So there is only one price and no hidden extras: £1,699 (UK) or £1,999 (international). Additional charitable funding is also available to UK participants though the Adventure Fund.

Bookings can be made with a deposit of just £165. The remainder of the fee can be paid through instalments, with the full balance required 8-weeks before you arrive.

You will get:

  • A full day and evening plan, jam-packed full of activities
  • All equipment and kit to keep you safe, dry and warm
  • One dedicated instructors, from day 1 to day 19
  • New skills and experiences to boost your CV
  • 24-hour pastoral careUltimate Expedition Badge Transparent
  • Accommodation and bedding (you'll be camping)
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks
  • Fully comprehensive insurance
  • Coach transfer from a nearby transport hub (Glasgow, Penrith, Manchester, Birmingham)
  • Upon completion you will also be awarded a fabric patch and our famous metallic pin-badge
  • A shed load of flapjack and chocolate brownie

> Read our FAQs

You will need:

  • A sense of adventure
  • Clothes and footwear for the full 19-days
  • £10 deposit for the kit you borrow
  • Extra pocket money for an ice cream during your exped (recommended)
  • A camera to capture the memories (recommended)

> Download the kit list

Free coach transfer:Plane (1)

Each of our centres are set in awe-inspiring locations; close to lochs, lakes, the sea and, of course, the mountains, this where you'll start and end your expedition. They'll make you feel like you're a million miles away from civilisation, and because of that they can be quite a distance to travel to, but fear not! A free coach transfer service is at hand, with the following approximate journey times:

  • 3 hours to the Scottish Highlands, Loch Eil (from Glasgow)
  • 3 hours to Snowdonia, Aberdovey (from Birmingham or Manchester)
  • 20 minutes to the Lake District, Ullswater (from Penrith)

> View the timetable 

Parents/guardians are also welcome to pick-up and drop off their children. We have limited parking at our centres so if you've got your own car and would prefer to drive, please make sure you check with us in advance. 

 > Explore our centres  (Includes maps, directions and a 360° panorama video of each area)

Mountains, mentors and mates

Learning about yourself happens best out in the wild, away from the comforts and distractions of everyday life. Our highly qualified and experienced instructors will use the unpredictability of the wilderness to stretch you physically and mentally over 19-days until you achieve something you never thought possible.

Since 1941, we have developed a formula that works:

Mountains Mentors Mates

> Download the sample itinerary

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* With charitable funding for UK residents or UK passport holders


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We won’t let money stand in the way of anyone who really wants to take part. Thanks to our fundraisers, donors and supporters, we can help those where funding may be a barrier. Check out our Adventure Fund to see how we can help make your summer adventure a reality.

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