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Hill walking for beginners

The Mountain Training (England) 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 (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 and £100.00 for young people aged 14-17.  If you want to find out more, then please get in touch with Footsteps via our Contact page or call me on 07847 506399 for a chat.

Mountain Training (England) as the national  governing body manages the Hill Skills courses and you must register on their website here before you apply to attend the course. Registration costs £20.00 for an adult and if you're aged 14-17, the registration fee is £10.00. For everything Hill Skills, visit the Mountain Training (England) website here or watch the video at the foot of this page.


Our course dates for 2019 will be listed below soon and more details can be found on the Mountain Training website:

Once you have registered, you can book your Hill Skills course with Footsteps. 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 a Hill Skills course, the first day starts at 10.00am and the second day begins at 9.00am. The first part of the course is spent indoors, getting to know the other people on the course and gaining an understanding about the basic hill walking and planning skills. 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 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. 

We 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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