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Hill walking

Hill Walking across the mountain areas of the UK. All Outer Active mountain days are designed and delivered with you in mind.

Whether you want to walk through peaceful, unspoilt fields and paths or you'd rather scramble up exposed rocky ridges Outer Active has everything on offer. The towering peaks of North Wales - Tryfan, Snowdon and the surrounding mountains are riddled with technical scrambling and mountaineering challenges whilst South Wales' beautiful lakes and rolling hills below provide a tranquil setting for more relaxing walks and rambles.

On our Summer hillwalking and mountaineering courses our highly skilled instructors help you gain all the skills, techniques and, most of all, the confidence you need to travel further in the hills under your own steam.

Beginners Map Reading and Mountain Navigation

The two day course is designed to understand the map and use a compass. Under expert guidance you will recognise and understand the features from map to ground. Spend some time learning the basics, and you will improve your confidence in your own abilities and get more out of your precious leisure time. In just two days you will learn many simple skills and have plenty of opportunity to put these into practice.  The course will provide a firm foundation for you to develop and consolidate your experience, and enable you to navigate your own walks into the hills safely.

We offer a two day course for complete beginners. This course is also suitable for those with some experience, who recognise their limitations and wish to improve their performance.

Cost from £120 per person for a 2 day non-residential course

  • Types of maps and scales
  • Map symbols
  • Grid system & Grid References
  • North %u2013 True, Grid and Magnetic
  • Map orientation
  • Feature identification
  • Using a compass                                                      
  • Estimating distance
  • Estimating time required
  • Understanding contours
  • What to do when lost
  • Planning a safe walk/route
  • Safety in the mountain environment
Welsh 3000's Challenge - Guided Mountain Walk

Attempt to complete all fifteen of the Welsh 3,000 feet mountains in Northern Snowdonia.

The mountains of Eryri/Snowdonia over 3,000 feet hold a special attraction for many. Some try to do it in as quick a time as possible, this means considerable hardship, lots of fitness and no time to enjoy the views.

Our intention is to attempt these fifteen peaks over three days. You'll still need to be fit and be prepared for the heights of Crib Goch amongst others as we attempt to complete them all.

Based in Betws-Y-Coed, we start in the Snowdon range on the first day taking in Snowdon and the heights of Crib Goch - the Red ridge and one of the most famous routes in Britain. On Day 2 we move into the Glyderau, including the pinnacles of Tryfan and Glyder Fach as well as Y Garn. The rocky terrain is a constant challenge as we navigate around these summits. On the final day, we move into the Carneddau and the northern most mountain range and the longest day. This remote range includes Pen Yr Ole Wen and Carnedd Llewellyn amongst others as we complete our challenge.

After three days you'll leave with new memories, new experiences and a sense of achievement as well as the fifteen Welsh 3000 summits to your name.

Cost from £180 per person for a 3 day non-residential course