Useful Links

Some useful links for our DofE candidates (& families):

Official site of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Here you will find all you need to know about the DofE and the sections of the Award: Volunteering, Skill, Physical, Expedition and Residential (Gold Only)

 For Weather Forecasts…

Met Office

Met Office is also linked from our individual Weather Forecasts pages.  You may also want to try…

Mountain Weather Information Service Mountain Weather Information Service – for detailed Mountain Area forecasts

For Kit…

Always check with a member of Staff if you are unsure whether kit you want to buy is suitable for Expeditions!  Also remember what we have for you to borrow before spending your money!!!

The recommended DofE Kit List can be found at Recommended for a Reason (this site also has some advice on DofE and Expeditions in general)

There are many different outdoor retailers available so shop around to find the bargains!

Here are a few suggestions you might try (this is NOT an exhaustive list!)

Levels of advice from staff vary from store to store, generally staff in dedicated outdoors stores will be knowledgable, but be aware they may just want the sale and bear in mind the advice of your leaders!

Cotswold Outdoor – you get a discount here with your DofE Discount Card – nearest store: Liverpool

Millets - nearest store: Birkenhead or Liverpool

Blacks – nearest store: Chester – often have offers on Karrimor gear – nearest store: Birkenhead or Liverpool (the Liverpool store has a dedicated outdoors department on the bottom floor)

Cheshire Oaks – has a few different stores which can be good for finding kit like waterproofs and general walking clothing (and sometimes boots – but not always!) – some of the stores worth a look for kit are – Mountain Warehouse – Regatta – The North Face – Columbia – brandfusion