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Hill Skills

Over the course of two days you will acquire the knowledge and skills to safely organise your own hill walks on the moors and upland areas in the UK.

You need no experience of hill walking or navigating in the upland environment is needed before signing on to this course. The two days will involve lectures, group discussions as well as up to 8 hours out on the hills gaining practical experience with a group of like minded people.

Provisional Dates:

  • Saturday 31st October – Sunday 1st November 2020: Ambleside, Lake District
  • Saturday 28th November – Sunday 29th November 2020: Edale, Peak District
  • Saturday 23rd January – Sunday 24th January 2021: Ambleside, Lake District
  • Saturday 6th February – Sunday 7th February 2021: Edale, Peak District

Future dates: We only announce future dates when the above dates are fully booked. If you want to join our mailing list please click here.

Price: £115 (this includes your professional support team, unlimited snacks and refreshments at checkpoints, public liability insurance, pre-event information and training advice). This price does not include accommodation or evening meals but we provide local recommendations.

Register your interest: Please contact us using this contact form and we will add you to our list. We will contact you as soon as we are able to firm up these dates and open up for registrations. This will be on a first come first served basis.

During the weekend we will cover the following topic areas:

Planning – How to plan a fun and challenging day in the upland areas of the UK, including basic route cards.
Weather – Where to find reliable weather forecasts, how to interpret them and how the changing conditions affect a day out on the hill.
Navigation – Basic navigation skills, strategies an introduction into using GPS technology. Never get lost again!
Clothing and Equipment – Is it bad weather or bad gear, it is the eternal question, we will take you through what kit to have and how to use it.
Nutrition/Hydration – What you should be eating before going out, what should we take on the hill. Is hydration just about water.
Movement – We will look at what pace is a good pace and how to move safely over difficult terrain.
Access rights – Where can we walk and what are our responsibilities.
Emergency procedures – What to do in the case of an emergency, how to get help and how to help yourself.
Environment – How to reduce your effect on the upland environment, local organisations and what we can do to help.