Mountain Training Hill Skills


  • These courses are ideal for beginners wishing to get out onto the hills. Ideal for DofE students, school teachers, scout guide leaders and private individuals wishing to get more from the hills and mountains.
  • Courses are for 10 years old and above, over 2 days and for max 8 people.

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The Hill Skills course is your key to getting started in countryside and moorland walking. No previous hill walking experience is required 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.

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. Your 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.

Delivered by our qualified and experienced mountain professionals, the course is nationally accredited and developed with Mountain Training, the awarding body for qualifications in walking, climbing and mountaineering.

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Please Note: Mountain Training Hill Skills run out of Dartmoor Activity Centre at Haytor Dartmoor with the kind help and support of the Dartmoor Activity Centre team.

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Dates Available

7th – 8th Jun 2024 (Dartmoor Activity Centre), 19th – 20th Aug 2024 (Dartmoor Activity Centre), 16th – 17th Sep 2024 (Dartmoor Activity Centre)

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