Welsh Winter Walking

Get out winter hillwalking in Snowdonia on this 5-day skill building adventure. If you've got some hillwalking experience and want to learn how to travel the mountains confidently during the seasons when the weather is unpredictable and the length of day may make visibility uncertain, this is the course you need.

Plas y Brenin

5 Days

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Plas y Brenin


5 Days

Instructor Ratio


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You’ll develop navigation and safety skills in the mountains with the support of our experts, helping you to become a more independent winter walker. They’ll also introduce you to ice axe and crampon techniques. You’ll experience the deep beauty of Snowdonia in the winter on five practical days of exploration.

The Objectives 

  • You’ll have developed the skills and techniques you need to gain your independence in the winter hills of Wales and England.
  • You’ll benefit from teaching from instructors with thousands of hours worth of experience in hillwalking and navigation, ensuring you learn foundation skills the right way.
  • You’ll have five days of fantastic walks in classic Snowdonia locations, and you’ll leave having fallen in love with exploring by foot, and keen to get going independently.

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What to Expect

You’ll cover winter weather, winter navigation, avalanche, and what to do in an emergency. We’ll also show you crampon and ice axe techniques, and also give you guidance on winter clothing and personal comfort. You’ll get plenty of time to consolidate your new skills in the mountains, taking in the stunning Snowdonia winter scenery. The Welsh winter can be fickle, and snow and ice conditions cannot be guaranteed.

Throughout the course we’ll take a flexible approach to the programme to make the best possible use of the prevailing conditions. If there is no snow the course will still run.

Experience Required

You should have some summer hillwalking experience. If you’re uncertain about fitness levels don’t let that put you off; give our team a call and we’ll be happy to chat things through with you.

How Should I Prepare?

Make sure you’ve prepared by doing some summer hillwalking.

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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.