What does the Hill Skills course 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. 

During a Hill Skills course, you can expect to start each day at about 9am. The first part of the course is spent indoors, getting to know the other people on the course and gaining an understanding of basic hill walking planning. Your experienced tutor will outline the plans for the course before you head out into the hills. The end of the day will usually involve a short indoor session to review the day and plan the following day's outing. You can expect to be out walking each day for around 4-5 hours and generally on Hill Skills courses this will be on footpaths or trails that are rough underfoot. Much of the journey during the course will involve learning opportunities and as such, the pace of the day is friendly and will include plenty of breaks. ​

Course duration - 2 Days
Course Ratio - 1:4
Cost - £ 100 per person
Location - Peak District

Want more information?

For More information contact me at info@mountainmatt.co.uk or direct message me on Facebook. I aim to respond to all emails within 24 hours, however I can be out in the hills with no signal and will contact you on my return.
Private Guiding
Cant find what your looking for? Why not hire me for the day. I can offer guided mountain walks, climbing and scrambling days on a date to suit you. Get in touch info@mountainmatt.co.uk

About Matt

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Sunday 15th April - Edale, Peak District       - £50 per person

Sunday 20th May - Castleton, Peak District  - £ 50 per person

Sunday 14th October - Castleton, Peak District - £50 per person

How to make a booking

You can pay your deposit by selecting the date you wish to book from the drop down box below and clicking Pay Now. I will contact you with course details and a kit list once your deposit is received. Full payment must be made prior to the course or on the day.

If you would like to request more information or pay by bank transfer simply email me info@mountainmatt.co.uk with details of the Course and Date you are interested in. I will repond with all requested details and payment details. 


Sam - Navigation Course 2016
"Had a great day out with Matt revisiting some nav. We covered all the basics, building on the areas I was already familiar with - a very well thought out day and really appreciated Matt's flexible approach to teaching. Looking forward to getting out and practising!
Thanks for a fab day "

Becky - Peaks Navigation Course 2017
I had a great day out with Matt navigating around the Peak District. Matt is really knowledgeable, patient and a great instructor. I got so much out of the day and can't wait to book up another day. Highly recommended!

Tom - Navigation Course 2016
"Matt is a great instructor and would reccomend him to anybody. His instruction was top class and very relaxed, ive learned alot and will be booking onto another one of his courses."


Ive never used a map or compass, will this course be ok for me?
This course is designed for beginners and people with little or no experience of reading maps or using compasses. We follow a structured approach through the day and all my clients see an improvement in their navigation by the end of the session.

I’m not very fit, how far do we walk?
The course aim is to teach you navigation skills not push your physical limits. We normally walk around 10 km during the day and have plenty of breaks and stops.

Do you provide equipment?
I can provide maps on request but would always recommend buying your own map and Silva Type 4 Compass. For the day you will only require normal hiking gear and waterproofs. A full kit list is sent to you when you book onto the course.