Qualifying Expedition details
Dates: 31st Aug to 4th Sept
Expedition Area: Peak District
Staffing: Kevin Beattie Co-ordinator 07980 306869
31st Aug Acclimatisation: Arrive 2pm at Gradbach Campsite, Macclesfield, Meet Supervisor, get your kit, food, and maps ready for Assessor. Meet assessor. Stay the night (bring enough food for this night and breakfast)
1st Sept walk from Gradbach to 7Springs, Disley
2nd Sept Walk from 7Springs to Booth Farm Campsite, Edale
3rd Sept Walk from Edale to Crowden
4th Sept Walk from Crowden to Diggle. Parents pick up – hopefully 5pm
Gradbach Scout Camp
Old Hall Farm, Gradbach, Quarnford, Staffordshire, SK17 0SU
Seven Springs Outdoor Activity Centre,
Corks Lane, Disley, Cheshire, SK12 2AZ
Upper Booth Farm
Address: Edale, Hope Valley, Derbyshire S33 7ZJ
Crowden Camping & Caravan Club Site
Woodhead Rd, Crowden SK13 1HZ
Car park in Diggle
4 Sam Rd, Diggle, Oldham OL3 5PU
This is a requirement of DofE. You don’t walk on this day but you can’t miss it out. You meet your group and supervisor and go through all your kit, food and routes to make sure you have everything and if you don’t you have time to do something about it – so bring money. It also means that you need to have food for that night and the next morning. This evening is not ‘assessed’.
After you have had time to check you kit and route with your group you then meet with your assessor for them to go through your plans, equipment, food. This isn’t meant to be a test, just a final check that you are properly prepared for a 4-day journey and that you have the knowledge and skill level to be successful.
Kevin Beattie is co-ordinating the expedition and is emergency contact for parents needing to get hold of participants. Please remember that mobile phone reception in these areas is not guaranteed and so don’t panic if you do not hear back from him immediately. He has access to all medical details and emergency contact numbers. He and the assessor will be driving around in the area meeting groups regularly at arranged points, and monitoring progress. There will be staff available on campsites at night.
What to bring
Everything that you would need for 4 nights camping and 5 days walking. You will need your own Silva compass (see kit list). You will have time on the first day to organise your food as a group and work out what you are sharing and what you are leaving out.
As this event is the weekend before the students go back to school, I am happy for students or parents to contact me directly to discuss arrangements.