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Hill walking for beginners – the Mountain Training Hill Skills course


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 Hill Skills course is perfect for you. At Footsteps in Northumberland we deliver the Hill Skills courses and the Cheviot Hills in Northumberland National Park provide the ideal landscape to learn in. The course costs just £90 per adult and £50 for young people aged 14-17.  If you want to find out more, then please get in touch with Footsteps via our Contact page; send me an email or call me on 07847 506399 for a chat. Finally, visit the Hill Skills page on the Mountain Training website here to discover more.


Our remaining dates for the Hill Skills courses in 2017 are 8&9 July, 5&6 August and 9&10 September


Mountain Training (England) as the national governing body manages the Hill Skills courses and you must register on their website here before you can apply to attend a course. Registration costs just £20.00 for an adult and if you are aged 14-17 it is £10.00.  Once you have registered you can book your Hill Skills course with Footsteps and you will 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 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 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. You can expect to be out walking on day one for around 4-5 hours and on day two for up to 7 hours. Generally on 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. 

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