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  • Accredited for quality and safety

Mountain Training aims to inspire, enable and develop people in walking, climbing and mountaineering through the provision of nationally and internationally recognised skills training and leadership qualifications. All Mountain Training courses are quality assured and delivered through it’s network of approved providers. Plas y Brenin is approved to deliver the full range of skills, leadership and instructor scheme courses.

Open Access & Reasonable Adjustments

Plas y Brenin is committed to ensuring that everyone has equal opportunity to attend our courses. If you have a particular need that requires extra assistance, please discuss it with us in advance of the course. Where the course is accredited by Mountain Training, you can find out more here:

https://www.mountain-training.org/help/support/reasonable-adjustments/

Hill and Moorland Leader Training

3 Days
1:6

This course trains aspiring walk leaders for hill and moorland terrain, bridging the gap between lowland and mountain areas. Combining classroom theory with practical sessions in Snowdonia, topics include weather, navigation, risk assessment, and leadership.

Experience required
Plenty of skills to learn

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Hill and Moorland Leader Assessment

3 Days
1:4

Complete your Hill and Moorland Assessment with our friendly, supportive and experienced team.

Friendly, experienced assessors
Plenty of skills to develop

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International Mountain Leader Training

5 Days
1:6

You want to be a Mountain Leader in Europe and further afield. This five day summer training course, based at Plas y Brenin, is your first step to achieving that.

Some experience required
Plenty to learn

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International Mountain Leader Assessment

4 Days
1:4

Your assessment takes place over four days, it will take the form of a 3 day hut based journey with overnights in high mountain huts and gites and a day walk.

Some experience required
Plenty to learn

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Winter Mountain Leader training

6 Days
1:6

If you love winter walking and want to share that passion with others, the Winter Mountain Leader is quite literally, just the ticket.

Previous qualifications required
Fully residential

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Winter Mountain Leader assessment

5 Days
1:4

Passing a Winter Mountain Leader assessment is often cited as being the high point of people’s Mountain Training journeys, and for good reason.

Previous qualifications required
Fully residential

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International Mountain Leader Winter training

5 Days
1:6

You'll be equipped for more than just 'coping with winter' as you hone the skills you need to look after your group on snow - whatever the season.

Previous qualification required
Plenty skills to learn

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International Mountain Leader Winter assessment

5 Days
1:4

This five-day assessment is the final stage you're required to complete before qualifying as an International Mountain Leader.

Previous qualification required
Plenty skills to learn

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Lowland Leader Training

2 Days
1:6

A lowland leader qualification will allow you to lead groups on day trips in lowland countryside in summer conditions.

Before booking register with Mountain Training
Plenty of skills to learn

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Lowland Leader Assessment

2 Days
1:4

Complete your Lowland Leader Assessment with us. We are an experienced and friendly team who provide supportive and relaxed assessments.

Some experience required
Put your skills to the test

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Mountain Leader Training

6 Days
1:6

Join us for your Mountain Leader Training. Our team has years of experience and we deliver enjoyable, high quality courses from our lovely centre in the heart of the mountains.

Before booking register with Mountain Training
Experience required

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Mountain Leader Assessment

5 Days
1:4

Complete your Mountain Leader Assessment with us. We are an experienced and friendly team who have years of experience. We create an atmosphere where you can enjoy yourself, perform at your best and learn loads during the week.

Some experience required
Put your skills to the test

Info & booking

Mountain Leader Summer Refresher

2 Days
1:6

Spend two days with an experienced Mountain Leader Assessor preparing for your Mountain Leader Assessment. We'll work with you on any area of the syllabus you'd like help with.

Completed Mountain Leader Training
Perfect summer plan

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Be a Mock Student

We use ‘mock’ students in our leadership training courses for students to direct and teach. It’s a great way to gain experience, confidence and free coaching, all closely supervised by our experienced instructors.

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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!

Our Instructors

Explore Eryri

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?

Explore Eryri

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.

Accommodation

The Main House

Mix of single and twin bedrooms

Moelwyn Bunkhouse

Bunkhouse with kitchen area

Bryn Engan

Farmhouse with bedrooms and flexible spaces

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Bar & Restaurant

The perfect place to relax after a day’s adventuring, our bar boasts the most amazing view as it looks down Llynnau Mymbyr to the Snowdon Horseshoe. Our extensive range of locally brewed beers, wines and spirits offers plenty of choices for refreshment. Our bar menu is packed with tasty high-energy dishes.

  • Open 7 days a week
  • Mon - Sat 12PM - 11:30PM
  • Sun 12PM - 10:30PM

Help Fund a Child Outdoors

Our aim is to give every inner-city child the opportunity to be inspired and motivated by the rugged outdoors and the challenges mountain environments have to offer. With your help, we aim to enable up to 360 kids to attend one of our courses in 2023.

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