Hill Skills Course
£139 per person
During two fun and action packed days on the Hill Skills course, we will equip with the skills and knowledge to safely undertake hill walks in the upland areas of the UK.
Absolutely no experience of hill walking or navigation is required prior to a hill skills course. We spend approximately four to five hours walking on each day.
The Hill Skills course is nationally accredited by Mountain Training and Beyond the Edge are one of the UKs most experienced providers of Mountain Training courses. Our courses are both highly informative and run by hugely experienced trainers. Importantly in our opinion, they are also fun and run in a friendly manner. We take great pride in the very high percentage of individuals who return for further courses.
You can view a short video about the course below;
Following the Government announcement on 28 May we are now making a phased reopening. Private individual and small group bookings are now available and Mountain Training have authorised Hill Skills courses in England to run.
Sat 11 – Sun 12 July
Mon 27 – Tue 28 July
Sat 22 – Sun 23 Aug
Sat 19 – Sun 20 Sept
Sat 3 – Sun 4 Oct
Mon 26 – Tue 27 Oct
Sat 14 – Sun 15 Nov
Sat 12 – Sun 13 Dec
Bespoke Dates and Locations
If there are three or more of you that would like to take the course, but there are no suitable dates available, or you would like to take the course in a different area, please contact the office and we will arrange something to suit your requirements.
We meet at 09:00 in Grindelford. This has good bus and train links to Sheffield and good train links to Manchester.
Over the two days we will 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.
A detailed equipment list is contained in the joining instructions. Essentially, you need to be self sufficient for a day in the mountains. We will provide all the group safety equipment.
If you wish to be awarded the Mountain Training certification on completion of the course, you need to register with Mountain Training. The registration is a one-of cost which gives you access to both the Hill Skills and Mountain Skill courses. For 2019 for those between 12 & 24 years it is £10, for those wiser in years it is £20. Registration gives you access to the Mountain Training Digital Logbook (handy if you want to start logging your adventures) and a copy of “Safety on the mountains” handbook.
Further information and registration can be done from this page. This can be done either before or after booking with us.
This Beyond the Edge course is non-residential to allow you to select between a thermarest or 5 star hotel as you require. There is lots of accommodation in the Hope Valley and we recommend The Sir William which offers BtE clients a discounted rate (code given on booking) and we often start courses from here. There are other local pubs, B&B’s and also YHA’s in the villages of Hathersage, Eyam and Castleton. Popular campsites include North Lees under Stanage Edge and Pindale Farm
If you want a hand booking something or want something special, contact the office and we will endeavour to assist.
You certainly don’t have to be super fit to enjoy this course, and a good general fitness is quite sufficient.
After this course you will be eager to book onto Mountain Skills or even the Introduction to Scrambling course.