Hill & Mountain Skills

groupWalking in the hills can be a daunting prospect if you have never done it before. To stay safe and enjoy your time on the hill you need some basic skills and expertise to guide you on your way. The Hill & Mountain Skills courses are designed to teach you just that.

They aim to equip you with the basic knowledge and safety skills required to participate in hill and mountain walking in your own time. People hill walk for many reasons, but a significant motivating factor is the sense of freedom that you gain from exploring the great outdoors.

Discovering new places and challenging yourself adds to the whole experience and within the UK and Ireland there are vast areas to explore and enjoy. 

Which Course is for me?

There are two courses as part of the scheme: Hill Skills and Mountain Skills. Both are open to anyone aged 14 or over. The Hill Skills course is the introductory to hillwalking and the Mountain Skills is a progression on from this. Prior to attending a course, candidates must register with Mountain Training.

This can be done here: http://www.mountain-training.org/walking/skills-and-awards/hill-and-mountain-skills

There is a one-off registration cost: 

For 14-17 yrs: £10
For 18 yrs and Over: £20

This is in addition to the Course cost of £100 per person.

The courses are non residential, however we can recommend various accommodation options in the area the course will be taking place.

Book your place via the booking system below, or, complete and return a Booking Form: NEG Booking Form (New).docx

Hill Skills

The Hill Skills course is your key to getting started in countryside and moorland walking. There is no experience of hill walking required to attend a Hill Skills course because the content of the course is aimed at beginners. If you do have some experience of hill walking but aren’t confident about planning walks, navigating and understanding the equipment required, then the Hill Skills course is an ideal way to learn. 

What does the Hill Skills course cover?

During a Hill Skills course, you can expect to start each day at about 9am. The first part of the course is spent indoors, getting to know the other people on the course and gaining an understanding of basic hill walking planning. The Tutor will outline the plans for the course before you head out into the hills. The end of the day will usually involve a short indoor session to review the day and plan the following days’ outing.

You can expect to be out walking each day for around 4-5 hours and generally on Hill Skills courses this will be on footpaths or trails that are rough underfoot. Much of the journey during the course will involve learning opportunities and as such, the pace of the day is friendly and will include plenty of breaks.

Our Hill Skills courses take place in the Cheviots.

Mountain Skills

The Mountain Skills course is an ideal choice for walkers interested in transferring their walking skills to more mountainous terrain. Ideally, participants would have some basic hill walking experience and have a reasonable level of fitness. Courses are run in the higher mountain areas of the UK and Ireland.

What does the Mountain Skills course cover?

HillsA Mountain Skills course will start with an opportunity to meet the other people on the course and take part in a short planning session with the Tutor. After that you will be out in the mountains, moving away from the trails and into steeper, rockier terrain in order to learn about the differences in weather, navigation and managing risk in the mountain environment.

The physical effort required on these days will be more demanding than the Hill Skills course and you can expect to be out in the mountains for between 5-6 hours. In addition, many of our Providers will run an evening session that can either be a walk into darkness or an additional teaching session on other elements of the course syllabus. 

Mountain Skills courses take place in Borrowdale, in the Lake District.

Available courses

This is a list of upcoming courses. You can reserve places on a course by clicking on Book. Please read our Terms and Conditions before booking.

Start End Course Location Price Places Left  
25 Nov 2017 26 Nov 2017 Hill Skills Alwinton £100.00 6 6 Book
27 Jan 2018 28 Jan 2018 Hill Skills Alwinton £100.00 6 6 Book
24 Feb 2018 25 Feb 2018 Mountain Skills Borrowdale £100.00 4 4 Book
24 Mar 2018 25 Mar 2018 Hill Skills Alwinton £100.00 6 6 Book
21 Apr 2018 22 Apr 2018 Mountain Skills Borrowdale £100.00 4 4 Book
26 May 2018 27 May 2018 Hill Skills Alwinton £100.00 6 6 Book
23 Jun 2018 24 Jun 2018 Mountain Skills Borrowdale £100.00 4 4 Book
28 Jul 2018 29 Jul 2018 Hill Skills Alwinton £100.00 6 6 Book
25 Aug 2018 26 Aug 2018 Mountain Skills Borrowdale £100.00 4 4 Book
29 Sep 2018 30 Sep 2018 Hill Skills Alwinton £100.00 6 6 Book
20 Oct 2018 21 Oct 2018 Mountain Skills Borrowdale £100.00 4 4 Book
24 Nov 2018 25 Nov 2018 Hill Skills Alwinton £100.00 6 6 Book