Duke of Edinburgh Residential


Have fun learning new skills !

Spirit of Adventure was formed in 1993 and specialists in providing adventure holidays and activity courses in the UK and overseas. We are based on Dartmoor in the sunshine county of Devon!

Spirit of Adventure is an approved D of E provider for training and expeditions, canoeing expeditions and Gold Residential weeks. 

All of the ‘Spirit of Adventure’ DofE instructor team are ML / WGL qualified, First Aid trained, DBS checked and have many years of valuable experience working with young people in the outdoors .

Open Gold Residential

How It Works

To complete the residential section of your Gold Award you must attend a five day residential, learn new skills, share experiences with people you have not met before, based at a place unfamiliar to you. This activity course requires no previous skills, you will be introduced at the level you are comfortable with. That real feeling of confidence as your new skills improve under the watchful eye of experienced instruction and mentoring. This action packed adventure ticks the boxes and its fun !

The adventure starts here, learning outdoor skills can be exciting and fulfilling, We provide the professional guidance to ensure good learning and your safety at all times, you provide the enthusiasm to learn!

Explore one of Devon’s fantastic tidal estuaries, learn how to steer and control a kayak or open canoe or both as we journey down the river. Make the most of the many photo opportunities to share later with your fellow explorers.

A rock adventure day, scramble, climb and abseil. Qualified and caring instructors to make sure your experience is fun, safe and full of opportunities and within your capabilities.

The river/gorge scramble is wet, fun and adventurous. Wade, swim, and scramble upstream, guided by the experts and helping each other. Plunge in and go for it!

Raft build, night exploration in the woods, campfires and BBQs just some of the other activities you will be doing as you build lasting friendships and new skills.

Finish the week with a Final Challenge to put all your new skills and trust in each other to the ultimate test ! For more details of your adventure see the course programme.


The Dewerstone cottage is your base for the week. Our newly refurbished bunkhouse situated in a stunning woodland setting. A large lounge and wood burner ideal for relaxing evenings after a day of activities. Good hot showers, clean and tidy bunk-rooms, make this a great adventure base. Evenings out under the stars keeping the campfire glowing provides many memories for life.. 

Your accommodation will be the bunkhouse on the Thursday night and you will depart on the Friday.

Join us.. A warm welcome awaits you!

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Facts and Figures

The cost of the residential is £309 (full board)

The date for the residential is 21st to 25th August 2017.

Other dates may be available on request

Booking Procedure

Before you book you must be Enrolled on to the Gold DofE Award and be aged 16-25 We need a minimum number of 5 to be able to run a residential.

The cut off date for bookings will be one month before the residential. All bookings will be accepted on a first come served basis.

Please give us a call or email us if you have any questions concerning the residential.