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Mountain Training Hill Skills Hill Skills


Peak District


£140 per person


2 days

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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;

Course Dates

April – Fri 2 – Sat 3,     Sat 10 – Sun 11,     Sat 24 – Sun 25
May – Sat 8 – Sun 9,     Mon 17 – Tue 18,     Sat 29 – Sun 30
June – Sat 5 – Sun 6,     Thu 17 – Fri 18,     Sat 26 – Sun 27
July – Sat 10 – Sun 11,     Mon 19 – Tue 20,     Sat 31 – Sun 1 Aug
August – Sat 14 – Sun 15,     Thu 19 – Fri 20,     Sat 28 – Sun 29
September – Sat 11 – Sun 12,     Mon 20 – Tue 21
October – Sat 2 – Sun 3,      Sat 23 – Sun 24
November– Sat 13 – Sun 14,     Mon 22 – Tues 23
December Sat 11 – Sun 12
January 2022 – Sat 8 – Sun 9,       Sat 29 – Sun 30

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.

Meeting Point

We meet at 09:00 in Grindleford. This has good bus and train links to Sheffield and good train links to Manchester.

Course Format

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.

Equipment Required

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. Registration is free for 12 – 17 years old and £20, for those wiser in years. 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.

Accommodation Options

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 and most courses start from here. Other options are listed on our Accommodation page.

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.

Related Courses

After this course you will be eager to book onto Mountain Skills or even the Introduction to Scrambling course.

Booking & Related Courses

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Mountain Skills Course

Introduction to Scrambling Course