Explorers Connect

Powering the Adventure Revolution

Skills for the Hills
Friday 3rd - Monday 6th May 2019

Increase your confidence whilst out walking and learn the basic skills to enable you to confidently and successfully take to the hills yourself and plan your own adventures.


This three day course, held over the early May Bank Holiday weekend, is designed to help you improve your independent hiking skills and enable you to confidently and safely plan your own adventures in the hills. You’ll learn from experienced instructors in small groups in the beautiful Peak District National Park.

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 ability level so no previous experience is necessary. You’ll be out in the hills for much of the weekend learning practical skills but there will also be some evening lessons indoors.

Over the course of the weekend you’ll 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 may also 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.

Spend the long weekend walking in the Peak District with like-minded people. In the past we have found that the course provides you with hard skills but also new contacts who you can go on adventures with.

Our superb location means we’ll be able to walk straight from the door into the spectacular scenery of the Peak District. We’re walking distance from Stanage Edge, one of the Peak District’s famous gritstone. We’ll be staying in a cosy converted barn, just minutes from the village pub.



We’ll be staying in a bunkhouse on a working farm in the middle of the village. Rooms will be shared with adult sized bunk beds. Mattresses are provided but you will need to bring a sleeping bag, pillow case and a towel. If you haven't done 'communal living' for a while it is lots of fun but you might want to bring earplugs just in case!

We’re providing breakfast each morning and a group dinner on Saturday and Sunday evening. We don’t provide food on Friday night as we expect people to arrive at different times. You will need to provide your own lunches. There is no shop in Bamford itself and the nearest small supermarket is around ten minutes drive away so it may be easier to bring a packed lunch with you.


  • Two and a half days tuition with experienced instructors

  • Three nights accommodation

  • Three breakfasts

  • Two dinners

  • EC Host


This course runs from 7pm on Friday 3rd to around 4pm on Monday 6th May, 2019 (the early May bank holiday weekend).

BOOK NOW to take advantage of our discounted earlybird pricing!

  • Discounted earlybird price is just £259 for EC CLUB Members (if booked before Friday 8th February 2019)

  • Discounted earlybird price is £274 for non-CLUB Members (if booked before Friday 8th February 2019)

  • Standard price is £274 for EC CLUB Members

  • Standard price is £289 for non-CLUB Members

To book you'll need to pay a £99 deposit when booking with the balance due by Friday 8th March 2019.

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Fantastic course, bridges the gaps in knowledge not provided by other skills courses
I can already tell the connections I’ve made on this course will be valuable in the future
Find out what it takes to lead rather than follow.
An excellent introduction to the knowledge and skills needed to lead expeditions and adventurous journeys... I feel super inspired and excited to make the next steps


If you'd like to know more about this weekend or have a particular question about this or any of our adventures, please email enquiries@explorersconnect.com or call the office on 0117 405 7497 during normal office hours and we'll do our best to help you.