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Mountain Training Hill Skills course with Footsteps

If you’re new to hill walking and want to learn the skills you need to get you out and about on your own walking adventures, then the Mountain Training (England) Hill Skills course is perfect for you.

At Footsteps, we deliver the Hill Skills courses in the Cheviot Hills located within Northumberland National Park and they provide the ideal landscape to learn in. The course costs £125.00 per adult.  If you want to find out more, then please get in touch with Footsteps by email or call me on 07847 506399 for a chat. We are not authorised to offer the course to candidates under the age of 18-years.  
Mountain Training (England) as the national  governing body manages the Hill Skills courses and you must register on their website before you apply to attend the course. Registration for the Hill Skills course is FREE if you're aged 12-17 and £20.00 if you're aged 25 or over. For everything Hill Skills, visit the Mountain Training (England) website or watch the video at the foot of this page.


Our course dates for 2019 are listed below. More details can be found on the Mountain Training website:

29th and 30th June

27th and 28th July

10th and 11th August

14th and 15th September

28th and 29th September

12th and 13th October

Each course will be based in the small market town of Wooler on the northern edge of the Cheviot Hills. From the town centre, we have good access out into the Cheviot Hills, where we will spend the day learning new skills and enjoying the adventure.

Once you have registered, you can book your Hill Skills course with Footsteps in Northumberland. You will also have access to many of the facilities, benefits and opportunities available on the Mountain Training website. 

The courses are normally run over two consecutive days, so that in total you get 16-hours of instruction on the following subjects:

  • 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 introduction 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.

On our Hill Skills course, the days start at 9.00am. Your Course Director will outline the plan for the two days ahead before we 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.

You can expect to be out walking on both days for around 7-hours. Generally on the Hill Skills course, you will be walking on footpaths or trails that may be 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. 

Your Course Director will send you details of what to bring with you once we have received notification of your booking from Mountain Training (England) and respond to any questions you may have.

On successful completion of the course you will receive a certificate issued by Mountain Training (England) and the confidence to step out on your own walking adventures in the months and years ahead.


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