Explorers Connect

Powering the Adventure Revolution

Navigation and Skills Course 31 Mar - 2 Apr

UPDATE: This date is SOLD OUT but we're running it again in June.  If you can't make the June date submit your email below to be added to the waiting list for March.

A two day course designed to help you improve your independent hiking skills and enable you to confidently and safely plan your own adventures in the hills.  Learn from experienced instructors in small groups. 

The course is suitable for anyone who enjoys hiking in remote areas but would like to feel more confident planning adventures on their own or with friends. Tuition will be in small groups and arranged by experience level so no experience is necessary. You’ll be out in the hills for much of the weekend learning practical skills.  

Over the course of the weekend we will cover topics such as:

  • Clothing and Kit - what to take, how to pack it and tips on how to use it 
  • Route planning  - how to estimate timings and understand terrain
  • Navigation Skills - how to use a map / compass and night navigation
  • Hiking Skills - making it easier and more fun eg pace, movement skills on steep terrain etc
  • Weather - how to read the weather reports and impact on your planning
  • Safety - how to assess and avoid hazards and deal with emergencies
  • Environmental Awareness - best practices on how to leave no trace
  • Introduction to outdoor first aid

There will be the opportunity to award National Navigation Award Scheme Bronze Awards to participants after the course to those that meet the criteria. There is also the possibility to award NNAS Silver Awards but this is dependent on the level of skill at the start and the ability of the group as a whole.

You’ll spend the weekend walking in the Brecon Beacons with like-minded people. In the past we have found that the course provides you with not only the skills, but also new contacts who you can go on adventures with. 

Our superb location means we’ll have the spectacular scenery of the Brecon Beacons National Park on our doorstep.  We’ll be staying in cosy and well equipped group accommodation, just minutes from the village pub.  Accommodation, most meals and instruction are all included. 

If you are coming by train, the nearest station is Abergavenny, which is around 10 miles away.  If you arrive by 18:50 there is a direct bus from very near the station to our accommodation. 

Quotes from previous participants:

Bloody wonderful weekend, so enjoyed myself. Learnt so much I didn't know I didn't know. I have real confidence now to do my own stuff and enjoy it, instead of not knowing where I am and walking many miles extra! Danie Bax May 2016

Very clear calm instructing. Learnt a lot in a non-pressurised way. Excellent weekend, good company and teaching. Achieved way more than I expected Kathryn Tyler May 2016

Great course. Instructors were informative and knowledgeable. I have learnt a lot this weekend and refreshed skills I have not used for a long time. Very pleased! John Williams May 2016

Top Notch Course. Happy Days. Great location, great people, really happy with what I have learnt. Dave Norton May 2016

I really enjoyed the Skills for the Hills Course and have got out of it exactly what I wanted. I now have the confidence and skills to go out on my own and with friends into the outdoors Adelaide Goodeve May 2016

Loved it thanks :) Knowledgable and patient teachers. I learnt lots of new things. Walks were lovely, great setting and food was delicious. Looking forward to the next Explorers Connect weekend. Carla Lauren May 2016  


To book your place please pay a £100 deposit.  UPDATE: There is currently 1 space left on the trip, due to shared rooms this is for a Female booking only

  • Earlybird price is £224 CLUB Members**/£239 non-CLUB Members if a £100 non-refundable deposit is paid on or before or on before the 30th January 2017
  • Standard price is £239 CLUB Members**/£254 non-CLUB Members if a £100 deposit is paid after the 30th January 2017

Price includes:

  • Tuition from experienced instructors in groups of 6 max
  • NNAS Certificate on passing course
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 2 x breakfasts
  • 1 x dinners
  • EC Host

If you have any questions please email enquiries@explorersconnect.com

Exciting news: We have a new booking system.  It will save you time by remembering all of your important details.  It will also automatically recognise if you are booking during the earlybird discount period and if you are an EC CLUB Member so you'll never miss a discount. 

 IMPORTANT: If you purchased EC CLUB Membership on our old system then we have already created an account for you, please sign in using the email address you asked us to contact you on when you bought membership.

**If you haven't joined CLUB yet, then this is a great time to do so, it's only £40 per year to access local events only open to CLUB members – as well as discounts on other local events, our weekend events and loads of other adventure related discounts.