Hill & Mountain Skills FAQs

1/ Which course should I do?

The answer to this really depends on your previous walking experience. If you're completely new to walking in the hills or it's been a while since you last went walking or you've never really learned how to use a map and compass, Hill Skills would be more appropriate. If you're quite happy walking on paths and have some experience of using a map and compass but haven't been anywhere particularly mountainous, the Mountain Skills course is perfect for you.

If in doubt, speak to your chosen Provider or opt for Hill Skills - you can always do a Mountain Skills course afterwards.

2/ Can I do a course with my family?

Yes, if the youngest member of your family is 14 or older. Anyone aged 14 or over can register for the Hill & Mountain Skill scheme and many Providers will offer bespoke courses if you have a ready-made group all interested in doing a Hill Skills or Mountain Skills course.

3/ What's the age limit for courses?

The minimum age is 14 and there is no maximum age. As long as you are fit enough to go hill or mountain walking, you will gain a lot from whichever course you choose to do.

4/ Can I do the course more than once?

Absolutely. You can do one or both courses as many times as you like. The scheme has been designed in such a way that once you've completed a Hill Skills course and done some walking in your own time, if you're keen to progress to Mountain Skills that's great! If not, you can just as easily do another Hill Skills course to cement the skills you learned first time round.

Similarly, once you've completed a Mountain Skills course you might be interested in learning more about going scrambling or you might prefer to do another Mountain Skills course.

Both of the courses are great preparation if you're thinking about leading walking groups in the future. A solid base of knowledge is crucial for all leaders and learning to look after yourself in the hills and/or mountains is the first stepping stone on that journey.

Why is there a registration fee?

The registration fee contributes to a number of products and services from which you will benefit before, during and after your course. Find out more.