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Brathay Explore

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. 

Brathay Explore Lake District Mountain Walk Canoeing In The Lake District Walking In The Lake District


River Spey descent: Loch Insh to the sea in open canoes.

Great Glen Voyageur: Sea to sea in Brathay’s unique 12 person canoes. A fully supported adventure that will take participants from novice to independent expeditioner. Find out more below!

This trip qualifies as a Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award Residential.

Yoyageur Canoe On Loch Ness Brathay Explore Great Glen Expedition Scotland Loch Young People Waiting At A Lock In Scotland

If you would like to find out more about Brathay Explore, click here to fill out a form or contact us on 015394 39760.

Further Information:

Great Glen Voyageur, Scotland

A fully supported adventure that will take participants from novice to independent expeditioner over 7 breathtaking days. Find out more

Lakeland Canoe and Trek Expedition

A fully supported 5-day adventure, offering two full days of exciting open water paddling with hiking, lakeside camping and an overnight stay in a remote mountain hut.Find out more

KS2 Rivers in a Day

Take a journey through mountains to track the River Duddon from its source to the sea. This will give children the chance to develop field study and risk management skills, grow their knowledge and understanding as well as have a fun and educational day out.Find out more

Foula - 60 Years and counting

2016 marked a unique anniversary for us; 60 years of association between the Brathay Exploration Group (now Brathay Explore) and the remote island of Foula in the Shetland Islands.Find out more