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The Association of Mountaineering Instructors and Mountain Training England Outdoor activities and courses

We deliver guided walking days or longer expeditions throughout the UK. Munro bagging expeditions in Scotland, available in both Summer and Winter. Trips to the Lake District fells, Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors, North Wales, Peak District and our very own lock West Pennine Moors and the Forest of Bowland can be arranged all year round.

National 3 Peaks, (Ben Nevis, Scafell and Snowdon) This challenge to walk the  highest peaks of Scotland, England and Wales is one of the ultimate goals of many walkers. Thousands of people have walked these mountains and you could be one of the many who will fulfill a lifelong ambition to walk the nations 3 highest peaks.This challenge will be with our qualified (ML, WML, MIA) and experienced tutors that have excellent knowledge of the areas and the walk. For information on this challenge, do not hesitate to give us a call for a chat and some advice about what can be offered with regards to undertaking this challenge as a personal or charity event. The aim for some is to complete the challenge with in 24 hours; others prefer a more leisurely alternative, taking several days to complete. This walk should ideally be attempted between May (snow may be encountered on Ben Nevis) to September, with the longest (Mid Summer) day being 21st June.

Summer Walking equipment

Walking boots /Gaiters /Thick socks (several pairs)

Thermals or suitable under clothing 

Insulating layers – at least one mid weight and one warm fleece layer including apare fleece/insulated jacket

Waterproof jacket (with a good hood) /Waterproof overtrousers or salopettes 

Rucksack (40 to 50 Litres)/Rucksack liner (or sturdy bin liner) to carry ...

Hat & balaclava Mitts & gloves – a thin pair, thick pair & big mitts over the top! 

Whistle Headtorch, spare batteries & bulb

Blister kit/ small first aid kit 

Vacuum Flask/ Food for the day

Pen – permanent fine map marker 

Compass and Map – OS 1:50000 laminated 

Survival Bag -Plastic type 

Camera and film 

Winter Walking equipment 

Mountaineering boots (stiff enough for walking crampons) 

Gaiters 

Thermals or suitable under clothing 

Insulating layers – at least one mid weight and one warm fleece layer 

Thick socks (several pairs) 

Spare fleece/insulated 

jacket Waterproof jacket (with a good hood)

Waterproof overtrousers or salopettes 

Hat & balaclava Mitts & gloves – a thin pair, thick pair & big mitts over the top! 

Snow goggles 

Whistle 

Headtorch, spare batteries & bulb 

Compass – Silva type 4 recommended 

Blister kit/ small first aid kit 

Vacuum Flask

Food for the day 

Pen – permanent fine map marker 

Map – OS 1:50000 

laminated Survival Bag -Plastic type 

Camera and film 

Rucksack (40 to 50 Litres) 

Rucksack liner (or sturdy bin liner)

Three Towers Challenge Walk 

Starting at the Rivington Upper Barn, Lever Park, Horwich and finishing at Holcombe, Ramsbottom, the Three Towers walk visits the towers of  Rivington Pike, Jubilee Tower (Darwen) and Peel Tower which overlooks Bury - the birthplace of Robert Peel.  The route takes in the best of the West Pennine Moors area of Lancashire. The distance is around 37 km / 23 miles. There is much variation: open moorland, woodland and reservoirs are all encountered on a route which is exposed in parts; you should be prepared for muddy/wet ground but you'll be rewarded with some unexpected views.  It is possible to extend this walk to Grants Tower, Ramsbottom. This is now a mound of rubble on the opposite of the Irwell valley to Peel Tower. It was up to 1945 a very ornate building, some of the features are still recognisable though most of the building has collapsed. 

The Witton Weavers Way is a long-distance 32 mile trail of discovery. 

The full Witton Weavers Way circuit can be completed in two days however, within the 32 miles there are also four shorter circular walks that can each be completed during one day, these are: the Beamers; Reelers; Tacklers and Warpers trails.

Although the official start point is Witton Country Park, Blackburn the way can be joined at many alternative points along the way.

Rossendale Way 

A high-level route around Bacup, Rawtenstall, Haslingden and Whitworth in the Rossendale Valley, crossing the open moors and farmland of the South Pennines which roughly follows the Rossendale Borough boundary. Although generally easy to follow, it does need care in poor conditions.

The Pendle Witches Way Route 

The route itself will take you from the aptly named Pendle Witch Inn in Sabden all the way through the Ribble Valley and The Forest of Bowland to Lancaster Castle. You will travel through the area around Pendle Hill known to Chattox and Demdike and all the other protagonists in the Pendle Witches story before heading North West to the scene of their fate in Lancaster.

Rochdale Way

There is no better way to really see a place than to travel around it on foot. The Rochdale Way is a new circular route around the whole of the Borough of Rochdale. It visits some interesting attractions and passes through some of the area's best-known countryside, as well as some less-well-known areas. The route in its entirety is some 50 miles long and whilst some hardy individuals may well be able to complete this in a day, for the majority it will be best to split the walk up into shorter sections. Most of the route is on public footpaths but where public bridleways are available these have been used so that some sections can be used by horse-riders and cyclists.

Burnley Way

A varied route around Burnley with a wide range of terrain, from the town centre and Calder riverside and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal towpath it passes a number of reservoirs, but it also climbs onto high moorland. It includes the Forest of Burnley woodlands and the wilder South Pennine Moors with the route's highest point at Thieveley Pike. The area's industrial heritage is revealed in places, with evidence of past limestone extraction at Shedden Clough contrasted with the nearby windfarm at Coal Clough.

There are links to the Bronte and Pendle Ways and with the Pennine Bridleway National Trail's Mary Towneley Loop.

Snowdonia is an amazing area, full of rugged peaks and wild countryside. Some of our best days out are in this part of North Wales.

The list of high quality walks and scrambles is almost endless; Snowdon, the highest mountain in England & Wales; the Snowdon Horseshoe; a complete scrambling round of the cwm, including the arete of Crib Goch; the mountain ranges of the Carneddau and Glyders; Tryfan by the North Ridge, a scramble. Probably the best day out in the hills of England and Wales is to combine the two scrambles of the North Ridge of Tryfan and Bristly Ridge on Glyder Fach.

There also plenty of lower level walks, not only in the Snowdonia National Park, but also in the Clwydian Hills. These are  by-passed on the way to Snowdon and so often provide  a quieter day out, away from the crowds. 

Guided Walks Lake District

 

Any days walking can be combined with an introduction to navigation and map skills.  Learning how to use a compass and interpret features on the map will give you the confidence to explore on your own and, you never know, might prove useful in an emergency. 

 Contact  us to discuss your requirements. 

The mountains and valleys of the Lake District offer spectacular views that change season by season, and often minute-by-minute!  Each valley has its own flavour and each mountain its own character. While some are popular, and justifiably so, others are just as deserving but much quieter and less frequented; mainly because people haven't employed the expert services of a Mountain Leader to show them the way.

Some of the great days out and weekend trips in the Lake District include Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England; Helvellyn via the scrambles of Striding & Swirral Edges, the Langdale Pikes via Jack's Rake, Blencathra by Sharp Edge and all of the 3000 feet high peaks of the Lakes in one weekend. The walks don't have to be as demanding as these however, and there are plenty of lower level and shorter routes that are just as rewarding and often have more interest about them.

So whatever your ambition, experience or fitness, we can arrange a day out to challnenge or enrich you, just contact us to discuss your needs. 

The Wainwrights are the 214 fells (hills and mountains) described in A. Wainwright's seven-volume Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells (1955–1966)

Visiting all 214 Wainwrights is a common form of peak bagging. The Long Distance Walkers Association maintains a register of walkers who have completed the Wainwrights; At the start of 2014 the Wainwrights Register contained 673 names, including 7 who have completed this feat 10 times!

List of Wainwrights  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Wainwrights

Guided Munro Bagging

The Munros are the distinctive mountains of Scotland that exceed 3000 feet above sea level. The number of them varies from time to time as more accurate surveys discover that one peak is higher or lower than first thought. Currently there are 282 of them. (February2014)

Munro bagging is something that is addictive to some hill walkers; they have just got to climb them all. Some do it at any time of year, some do them only in winter. 

Guided Hill Walks in Glen Shiel and kintail

Guided Hill Walks in Glen Shiel and kintail

The Far, Far North West of Scotland 

This is an opportunity over 5 days to summit some of Scotland remote and iconic Munros and Corbertts. The area holds peaks such as Stac Pollaidh, Cul Beag, Suilven, Cul Mor, Quinag, Glas Bheinn, Conival, Ben More Assynt to name but a few.  You will need personal hill walking equipment.

course fee £
Contact us for details.

Corbetts

The Corbetts are the Scottish hills that are between 2,500ft to 3,000ft in height. You may think that these mountains would be much duller than the Munros. That is amatter of personal taste!  However,many of the Corbetts provide a great walk and can be very demanding.   For a top to be classified a Corbett, is must be over 2500 feet but also have at least 500ft of ascent from the surrounding hills - this guarantees that you'll know you've reached the top!. There are some stunning Corbetts around, the Cobbler, Quinag, Beinn Damh, Fionaven and Goatfell to pick out a few.  

Guided Winter Walking

These one, two or mores days winter walking holidays are suitable for those who have summer walking skills but who haven’t had much chance to get out into the hills in winter. Also, they are a great opportunity to brush up on navigation skills and bag a few Munros.We will look at basic navigation skills, including the basic use of the map and compass on the hill. Other techniques are also introduced – using handrails, collecting points and tick-off features, aiming off, timing and pacing and relocation skills. Also, time will be spent considering contour lines and how they relate to the land features we see around us. This intrioduction will give you more confidence to head off on your own

Guided winter hill walks and skill

Scottish wild and remote expeditions.

Black mountains,   Glen Affric,   Grey Corries and  Ben Alder

Expeditions of several days duration into Scotland’s wild and remote wilderness. The can use a combination of walking, mountain biking and/ or open canoeing. Some of them are linear expeditions picking off a numbers of Munros as you journey over several days. Others access a base location from where we can tackle some of Scotland’s more remote Munro summits. They use a combination of camping, biviing and bothies.  

Scottish wild and remote expeditions

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