Increasing awareness | Developing potential | Broadening horizons
Brathay Explore (formerly the Brathay Exploration Group and more recently the Brathay Exploration Trust) was established in 1947 with the purpose of providing young people with the opportunity to take part in inspirational, life-changing expeditions in the UK and overseas.
For over 70 years we’ve helped our expeditioners explore and discover new places, expand their environmental and cultural awareness and support their personal development so that they may go on to and engage positively in society and achieve their full potential.
Why go on a Brathay Explore expedition?
A Brathay expedition is much more than a one off experience; we encourage our young people to stay involved, progress to other elements of our programme, gain skills and confidence and return as ambassadors, volunteers and supporters.
I grew a lot personally because [the leaders] and even participants in the group were patient and encouraged me to try things I had never dreamed I would do. The activities pushed me to the limit, and that made it a worthwhile trip that I will remember for the rest of my life.
Emma, Norway 2014
All Explore expeditions involve challenge, learning and awesome memories. They are based around Brathay’s fundamental goals of increasing awareness – of self, others and the environment, exploring choices and taking action. You can expect to:
visit some of the most inspiring places in the UK
develop personal skills (team-working, leadership, resilience, communication) in a safe, supportive but challenging environment*
learn new practical skills
meet a wide range of people from different backgrounds
enhance your CV, further/higher education application and employability
join a community of like-minded people who are passionate about the natural world
*Expeditions offer the opportunity to develop personal skills such as team working and resilience, via the exploration experience and working with colleagues. We can also enhance the expedition to include facilitated personal and leadership development if required. Such requirements can be discussed with our consulting team and the programme enhanced accordingly.
Expeditions in the UK
We run expeditions in the Lake District and Scotland with young people from local groups.
The Lake District
Residentials that focus on expedition skills (canoe or mountain) and leadership.
Lakeland Expedition: A fully supported adventure, over 5 days/4 nights, involving paddling on Windermere and Ullswater (the 2 longest lakes in the Lake District!) and hiking in-between the two.
KS2 Rivers in a Day: journey through the mountains to track the River Duddon from its source to the sea.
River Spey descent: Loch Insh to the sea in open canoes.
This trip qualifies as a Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award Residential.
If you would like to find out more about Brathay Explore, click here to fill out a form or contact us on 015394 39760.