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The Hill Skills and Mountain Skills courses are your key to getting started in countryside and mountain walking. There is no experience of hill walking required to attend a 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 /Mountain Skills course is an ideal way to learn. 

We aim to make all of our courses enjoyable and informative.  We also have a policy of making reasonable adjustments to ensure that our courses are as accessible as possible.

HMS Course Structure and Dates


Hill Skills Courses

Our courses are packed full of information, practical tips, skills and advice which will prepare you for independent adventures in the hills and mountains.  Subjects covered during the course include:  

  • Planning – how to successfully plan a hill / mountain walk in the UK or Ireland. 

  • Walking skills – what things should you consider while out walking and what can make life easier (pace, nutrition, movement skills etc.). 

  • Clothing and equipment – being suitably dressed and equipped can make the difference between a great day out and a complete disaster. 

  • Weather – how it affects the hills, mountains and your day out. 

  • Navigation in the hills – everything from selecting a compass to navigation strategies and an intro to GPS. 

  • Environmental knowledge – how to minimise your impact on the hill and information on good practice and useful organisations. 

  • Hazards and emergency procedures in the hills – how to respond to any hazards you encounter and what to do in an emergency. 

Hill Skills

Usually using the  Dartmoor National Park, we start with a short indoor planning skills session before heading out to cover varied terrain and venues to encompass a range of experiences that will enhance the learning process and bring it to life.


Mountain Skills

Our Mountain Skills Courses are run on demand and are often incorporated into wider training packages for students, youth groups and prospective leaders.  We can deliver courses in all the major UK mountain areas including The Brecon Beacons, Snowdonia, Lake District and Scotland.

31-1 September 2023

24-25 February 2024

4-5 May 2024

3-4 August 2024

31 Aug - 1 September 2024


Mountain Skills Courses

12-13 August 2024 - Eryri (Snowdonia)

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