Hill Skills - 5 Day
  • Plas y Brenin
  • 5 Days
  • 8 People to 1 instructor

Hill Skills - 5 Day

  • Hike
  • Hillwalking
  • Beginner


Hill walking is a fantastic way to keep fit and take a break in nature, and in Snowdonia we couldn’t have a more perfect setting to go explore. This five-day course is a perfect introduction to hillwalking for anyone. You'll cover where to walk, what to wear, how to plan and follow routes, a little about the environment and what to do if things don't go to plan. You'll be learning from our highly qualified instructors and developing your new skills as you explore the peaks of Snowdonia. You can also opt to complete the two-day accredited Mountain Training Hills Skills course during the week, by registering with Mountain Training.

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Can I book privately?

Yes. If you would like to book a private course then give us a call to discuss your needs.

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The Objectives

- You will have gained the skills and techniques to be confident and comfortable planning, and undertaking, your own hill walks.

- Your group will have loads of time outside on practical learning days.

- You will leave the course inspired to take on your own hill walks and explore more.


* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.

Over the five days you will cover;

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.

Experience Required

No experience is required; this is a course suitable for beginners.

Why Choose Plas y Brenin?

Our instructors are some of the UK’s most experienced. We train other instructors and help to write the national syllabuses for NGB qualifications in mountaineering, paddlesports, cycling and climbing. Our goal is to teach you skills to last a lifetime, and at Plas y Brenin you know you are getting training from the best.

If your course is based at Plas y Brenin, the price includes accommodation for the night before, and the duration of your time here. If you’re staying with us, we also provide delicious meals to keep you going as you learn, meaning you can concentrate on enjoying yourself. We may also be able to arrange a transfer from Llandudno Junction train station, subject to availability. We would need a minimum of one week’s notice prior to your course start date – please contact reception to learn more.

When it comes to equipment, at Plas y Brenin we have a wide range of top-quality kit for you to use, all included in your course fee. This means if you’re just starting out, there’s no need to rush out and buy a load of expensive gear, and if you’re already pretty well kitted-out, it’s a great chance to try something new.

We want to help you focus on achieving your goals so if you're staying with us, comfortable accommodation (with WIFI included) and good food are part of the deal, you don't need to think about sorting this out for yourself. Support is on hand from our friendly, and exceptionally well qualified staff, to help develop your understanding and personal skills. They also help you to formulate an appropriate action plan for your further development.

What do I need to bring?
Equipment List
How should I prepare?
Preparation guide
Course Schedule

Start your training

5 Days
Start Date
4th November, 2019
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5 Days
Start Date
16th March, 2020
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This course will help you become

more competent and confident at the skills of hillwalking and inspired to explore more

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