Our 'Courses for Young People' Hill Skills Course provides a broad introduction to UK hillwalking from our base in The Peak District National Park. Aimed at the beginner hillwalker, the itinerary offers practical instruction in planning walks, navigation with map and compass and equipment selection with the overall aims of building confidence and broadening your knowledge of the upland environment to enrich your days out.
What does the Hill Skills course 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.
During this 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. The 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 days’ outing. You can expect to be out walking each day for around 4-5 hours and generally on Hill Skills courses this will be on footpaths or trails that are 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.
This is not a residential course, the participants will need to be dropped and picked up from the training centre each day.
PARENTS PLEASE NOTE: Our Under 18’s courses are for young people who are keen on a particular activity. The young people will receive expert tuition from highly qualified and experienced staff. There is virtually nowhere else where you can get such a high quality of five days tuition in one subject at a student instructor ratio of 1:6. This course mirrors the adult one of the same name, the content and aims are similar but the style and approach in which the course is run is geared towards younger people.
We have set a minimum age of 12 and a maximum age of 17. There is a big range of stamina and maturity in young people around these ages. Participants age 15 years and over can attend our regular programme of courses.
All staff have enchanced DBS clearance, we hold a valid AALA Licence and Public Liabiltiy Insurance.