Mountain Training Hill Skills

Mountain Training Hill Skills

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Mountain Water Expeditions Mountain Training

Mountain Training – Personal Skills Awards

Mountain Training – Hill Skills

The Hill & Mountain Skills scheme is designed to provide progressive learning opportunities for new hill walkers.

The scheme includes;

– Hill Skills Course
– Mountain Skills Course

Before you can attend a Hill Skills course you need to register on the Hill & Mountain Skills scheme. Registration is free for 12-17 year olds and £20 for adults and it gives you access to both the Hill Skills and Mountain Skills courses. To register, create an account on our  HYPERLINK “” \o “” \t “_blank” candidate management system or log in if you already have one. 

During a Hill Skills course, you can expect to start each day at about 10am. 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.

Our experienced 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 day’s 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.

Course Content:
Planning – how to successfully plan a hill 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 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

This course is non-residential.
Meeting Place

Rivington, West Pennine Moors based courses:

– Rivington Hall Barn, Rivington.

Clwydian Range based courses:

– Tesco Superstore, Mold Town Centre.

Course Dates

Personal Skills Awards Mountain Training – Hill Skills Date[s]Course/ActivityLocationPriceBook Now
14th & 15th January 2020Personal Skills Awards Mountain Training – Hill SkillsRivington – West Pennines Moors£145MWE-CTA-ENQUIRE
12th & 13th March 2020Personal Skills Awards Mountain Training – Hill SkillsRivington – West Pennines Moors£145MWE-CTA-ENQUIRE
28th & 29th April 2020Personal Skills Awards Mountain Training – Hill SkillsRivington – West Pennines Moors£145MWE-CTA-ENQUIRE

Working minimum is two course participants to run this course.

We are also happy to run bespoke courses for groups at an agreed location & time. Please contact us to discuss your group needs further. Other dates are available on request for group bookings please email to discuss your needs.

What we include in our course:

The price of the course includes;

  • Coaching and guiding from experienced and helpful coaches
  • A single point of contact at Mountain Water Expeditions to provide you with consistent support throughout your experience.
  • Pre course information pack with lots of helpful advice, kit lists etc
  • Maps
  • The use of a compass for the duration of the course

What we do not include

  • Transport to and from the starting point
  • Personal kit and accident insurance
  • Items of personal walking kit
  • Any fees payable to Mountain Training for the award
  • Food or drink

Alan Pinnington

If you have any questions or require more information on our Course costs and available dates, please contact us