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Hillwalking and Mountaineering Courses and Holidays

Whether you want to walk through peaceful, unspoilt fields and paths or you'd rather scramble up exposed rocky ridges Snowdonia has everything on offer. The towering peaks of North Wales - Tryfan, Snowdon and the surrounding mountains are riddled with technical scrambling and mountaineering challenges whilst North Wales' beautiful lakes and rolling hills below provide a tranquil setting for more relaxing walks and rambles. On our Summer hillwalking and mountaineering courses our highly skilled instructors help you gain all the skills, techniques and, most of all, the confidence you need to travel further in the hills under your own steam. So whatever you're looking for, from a breathtaking white-knuckle week in the mountains of North Wales or a relaxing week strolling through the We hills of Snowdonia you're sure to find just the thing at Plas y Brenin.

Snowdonia's Classic Walks - 2 days

Walking alongside our experienced and knowledgeable instructors, you will enjoy two days of beautiful mountain scenery. Taking a comfortable pace through remote rugged countryside you will also have ...........

Experience Required: none required

Cost: £205 (2 Days)

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Snowdonia's Classic Walks - 5 days

Why not explore the picturesque hills of Snowdonia with our experienced instructors? On each of the five days you'll walk at your own, comfortable pace through remote, beautiful countryside taking in ...........

Experience Required: none required.

Cost: £480 (5 Days)

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The Big Acoustic Walk (19-20 Nov)

There's always been a strong connection between the mountains and acoustic music. The peaceful sanctuary of our mountains has inspired countless classic melodies and spawned many a well-known lyric. F...........

Experience Required: no experience necessary

Cost: £165 (2 Days)

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Hill Skills

This two day accredited Mountain Training course is perfect for anyone with an interest hillwalking who would like to gain the skills to get out and enjoy hillwalking. Over two days you'll cover plann...........

Experience Required: An interest in hillwalking.

Cost: £185 (2 Days)

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Hillwalking Weekend

For most people the breathtaking views Snowdonia has to offer are only seen on postcards. If you're one of those people here's your opportunity to see that scenery first hand on a guided tour of Snowd...........

Experience Required: none required.

Cost: £205 (2 Days)

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Hillwalking Skills

If you have an interest in hillwalking but lack the skills or confidence to venture out on your own, this five day course will help to develop and improve your navigation, route planning, and knowledg...........

Experience Required: an interest in hillwalking rather than experience is important.

Cost: £480 (5 Days)

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Mountain Skills

The Mountain Skills course is an ideal choice for walkers interested in applying their countryside walking skills to the mountain environment. Ideally, participants would have done some basic hill wal...........

Experience Required: basic summer hillwalking

Cost: £185 (2 Days)

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Back on Track

An enlightening weekend designed for accomplished mountain navigators. Spend two days developing a set of reliable and effective techniques to get you back on track if you find yourself unsure of wher...........

Experience Required: reliable navigation skills.

Cost: £225 (2 Days)

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The Big Christmas Walk (17-18 Dec)

Following the success of last years Big Christmas Walk, we're celebrating planning to celebrate Christmas in an even bigger way. We're dedicating the entire centre to this relaxing festive weekend w...........

Experience Required: no experience necessary

Cost: £165 (2 Days)

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Fourteen Peaks Challenge

Join us on this five-day guided traverse attempting to take in all 14 of Snowdonia's highest peaks. Admire the view from the top of some of the National Park's finest mountains on this exciting week-l...........

Experience Required: summer hillwalking.

Cost: £480 (5 Days)

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Discover Navigation

Let our instructors take you through every aspect of basic navigation from symbols, scales and grid references to ground shape, measuring distance, taking bearings and using a compass. The perfect cou...........

Experience Required: none required.

Cost: £225 (2 Days)

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Navigation Skills

If you need to develop your navigation skills or your navigation is not as good as you would like, then this two day course provides an ideal opportunity to refine your technique. You will cover all a...........

Experience Required: basic navigation skills.

Cost: £225 (2 Days)

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Complete Navigation

Over the course of these five days you'll develop from having little or no navigational experience to having a firm understanding of mountain navigation techniques. You'll look at the traditional meth...........

Experience Required: none required.

Cost: £480 (5 Days)

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Mountaineering Skills

Covering the more advanced skills of summer hillwalking and mountaineering, this five day course concentrates on the techniques required for multi-day journeys and travel in the sometimes hostile cond...........

Experience Required:  summer hillwalking.

Cost: £565 (5 Days)

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Discover Scrambling

As a summer hillwalker you will often want to go to places which require more specialist techniques than you possess. If you are interested in learning how to move over steep ground safely, perhaps us...........

Experience Required: summer hillwalking.

Cost: £240 (2 Days)

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Introduction to Scrambling

If you want to develop your hillwalking skills to take you over steeper and more adventurous ground, come with us on this week long scramble through Snowdonia's highest peaks. Staying each night at ...........

Experience Required: summer hillwalking

Cost: £575 (5 Days)

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Advanced Scrambling

An introduction to the higher grade scrambles, looking at personal skills and techniques for the safe ascent of grade 2 and 3 scrambles. For those who have done some of the classic grade 1 routes and ...........

Experience Required: some scrambling experience and a good level of hillwalking fitness

Cost: £595 (5 Days)

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Welsh Summer Ridges

An exhilarating weekend of guided mountaineering on some of Snowdonia's classic ridges. In summer, these narrow, rocky exposed ridges are still demanding and exciting. In a group of two, you'll acco...........

Experience Required: A good level of hillwalking fitness, a head for heights and a thirst for adventure.

Cost: £345 (2 Days)

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Rapid Development Clinic (Mountaineering)

If you've dreamt of conquering high mountain peaks and exploring the remote mountain wilderness, here's your chance to turn that dream into reality. Spend two weeks with our mountaineering instructor...........

Experience Required: no experience required

Cost: £1410 (12 Days)

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Can't find what you are looking for?

You can hire one of our coaches instructors or guides from only £250 per day. They'll tailor the day to suit your aims and aspirations perfectly.
You can enjoy one to one coaching for that cost or if you get together as a group, depending on the activity, you can split that cost between up to 6 of you. If you are a group we can run one of the courses listed above on a date that suits you and your friends or you could just write your own agenda for a week or weekend and we'll price it up for you - with or without accommodation. What's more, just like out normal course fees, our private instructor hire charge covers all your equipment too.
Click on the link below to fill in a request form and one of our coaches will call you back (or e-mail if you'd prefer) to discuss things in detail with you.

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