Pendarren House is a DofE Approved Activity Provider (AAP) and can offer training, practice and qualifying walking and canoeing expeditions to all levels of participants, and residential experiences to gold participants. The Centre is ideally situated on the slopes of Sugarloaf Mountain in the Brecon Beacons National Park, has a number of Accredited Assessors and is well resourced to equip walking and canoeing expeditions and has a small campsite.
We offer stand alone courses or we can offer a package the covers both training and assessment:
Bronze Training and Assessment Packages
Silver Training and AssessmentPackages
Gold Training and Assessment Packages
Residential (Gold Only) Packages
Contact Pendarren to discuss your requirements.
Please read the following documents before completing the application form.
Application form DofE open consent application vr 2016 Return to Pendarren House with deposit or payment in full.
Frequently Asked Questions about Residentials
During the course you will journey through the mountains of South Wales. We use different locations for practice and qualifying expeditions, so you can complete the whole expedition section of the award with us.
Included in the course fee:
Further information will be sent once you have booked
Pre-expedition information including kit list
Pick up/drop off at Abergavenny train and bus stations
Accommodation and camp fees
Food (whilst at Pendarren House, excludes expedition food)
Minibus transport whilst on the course
Training and supervision by qualified, experienced instructors
Campsite booking and fees
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme accredited assessors (for assessments)
Use of group kit
Group kit supplied by us
Stoves, pans and fuel
Group emergency kit (shelter and first aid)
We can also supply the following individual kit free of charge although you will find it more comfortable to have your own:
Sleeping bag and cotton liner
Not included in course fee
Transport between home and Abergavenny or Pendarren
Additional campsite costs e.g. showers
Expedition food and personal equipment (clothes, toiletries etc)
Frequently Asked Questions about Expeditions
DofE FAQ – Kit
DofE FAQ – Food and Water
DofE FAQ – Camping
DofE FAQ – Medical and Illness
DofE FAQ – Staying in touch
DofE FAQ – The course and expedition
DofE – Expedition Preparation Guide
The expedition preparation guide contains all of the information you will need for your practice expedition, including a kit list and advice on what food you need to bring. Please use the check list to make sure that you come with everything you need, but note that we do supply some group kit.
HOW TO APPLY for Courses
Open Gold – Expeditions and Residentials: DofE open consent application vr 2016 This should be sent to us at:
Pendarren House OEC
with a deposit or payment in full.