Hill Skills

Embark on an adventurous journey with our two-day introduction to hillwalking. Gain the skills and confidence to go out in the hills independently whilst enjoying a weekend with likeminded people in the hills of Snowdonia.

Plas y Brenin

2 Days

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Plas y Brenin


2 Days

Instructor Ratio


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This course is designed for both beginners and those eager to enhance their hillwalking abilities. You’ll learn essential skills like navigation, understanding weather and what to do in an emergency from our highly qualified instructors.

Whether it’s understanding the right clothing or planning the perfect route, you’ll be prepared to take on your own hill walks with confidence and joy.

The Objectives 

By the end of this course, you will have:

  • Gained Confidence: Acquired the skills and techniques needed to confidently plan and undertake your own hill walks.
  • Enjoyed Practical Learning: Spent substantial time outside, applying what you’ve learned in a real-world setting.
  • Become Inspired: Felt motivated to explore further and embark on your own hillwalking adventures.
  • Mastered Essential Skills: From walking techniques to navigation, weather, clothing, environmental care, and handling emergencies.

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What to Expect

Day 1: Introduction and Foundations

  • Walking Skills: Learn how to move efficiently and comfortably, considering pace, nutrition, and movement techniques.
  • Navigation Skills: Introduction to maps, symbols, compass use, navigation strategies, and electronic devices.
  • Weather Insights: Understand how weather affects your day and how to prepare for it.
  • Clothing and Equipment: Discover the importance of proper attire and equipment, and how they contribute to a successful outing.
  • Environment Awareness: Learn about good practices and how to minimise your impact on nature.

Day 2: Advanced Techniques and Practical Experience

  • Hazard and Emergency Procedures: Understand how to respond to potential hazards and emergencies.
  • More Navigation Practice: Delve deeper into navigation techniques and tools.
  • Outdoor Exploration: A full day of guided exploration and hands-on practice in the peaks of Snowdonia.

Designed for people who want to get started or become more independent in the hills, this course is an inviting gateway to the outdoor joys of hillwalking. Gain experience in one the best walking areas in the UK and take your passion for the outdoors to new heights!

Experience Required

You must be at least 18 years old to join this course at Plas y Brenin (or 14 if accompanied by a parent).

How Should I Prepare?

You need to be reasonably fit. But we’ll tailor the course to the needs of those attending.

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Why Plas y Brenin?

Plas y Brenin is at the forefront of outdoor instruction. Whether you are starting a career in the outdoors, or just want to take an adventure holiday, PYB is the place for you.

We inspire explorers. We train trainers. We’re internationally recognised. We’ve been around since 1798, with our earliest guests including Queen Victoria. Since then, we’ve focussed on providing the best customer experience, working alongside some of the greatest, 007 included.

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Expert Tuition

You’ll receive expert supervision from fully qualified and psyched instructors, creating the perfect environment to learn and enjoy something new!

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Your experience will take place in the heart of the extraordinary Eryri National Park. Our National Outdoor Centre features accommodation, a bar, dining, and more. And while you’re here, why not check out some local gems?

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Develop a Passion

Everyone at Plas y Brenin, from staff to visitors, is excited about adventures and inspired to get outside. Our guests return year after year to experience all that North Wales offers.