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Duke of Edinburgh Gold Canoe Expedition (Open Programme 2023)

Duke of Edinburgh Gold Canoe Expedition (Open Programme 2023)

Duke of Edinburgh Gold Canoe Expedition (Open Programme 2023)


The Mill Adventure Base Approved Activity Provider is offering an Open Gold canoe expedition training/ practice & qualifying expedition programme based in Nottinghamshire, and the Highlands of Scotland. This programme is suitable for students already enrolled as a Gold DofE participant and fancy a unique and exciting way to finish off their DofE expedition journey. No previous experience is necessary in canoeing.

Why us?

The Mill Adventure base AAP has been delivering DofE expeditions for Nottinghamshire schools and students since 2013. As an approved DofE Expedition provider and part of Nottinghamshire County Council's Notts Outdoors Team, all our staff are highly experienced, qualified, DBS checked & first aid trained. Safe working practices following national guidance, risk assessments, operational procedures and government advice will be followed.

The Expedition Programme

Training weekend

Held over two days at the Mill Adventure base in Nottinghamshire participants will be taught how to handle canoes safely and cover all aspects of undertaking an expedition by canoe. They will also begin to plan their practice and qualifying expedition.

Practice Expedition

The practice expedition will take place on the River Trent in Nottinghamshire; and will consolidate the skills learnt on the training weekend. Campsites will be by the river each night.

Qualifying Expedition

The qualifying expedition is a remote supervised expedition enabling the participants to meet all the twenty conditions. It will take place in the Scottish Highlands, based around the Loch Shiel area. Camping will be by the lochs each night and will involve wild camping locations that are remote and wild.


Camp fees, stoves, stove gas, tents, expedition rucksack, boat hire and safety equipment. Transport to and from the Qualifying expedition, qualified supervisors and assessors using both direct and remote supervision, maps & compasses and assessor report. Professional indemnity and public liability insurance.

Not Included

Food, personal equipment, transport to training weekend and practice weekend, personal items insurance.

Dates Available

25-26 February Training - Mill Adventure Base £70 pp
17-19 March Practice expedition - River Trent Nottinghamshire £200 pp
1-7 April Qualifying expedition - Scotland £225pp