In Britain we are lucky to be blessed with some fantastic hills and mountains, just a few hours drive from anywhere in the country! From beautiful rolling countryside to spectacular mountain peaks, there are a life time of stunning days out and adventures right on our doorstep. However beautiful the british hills are, they can be a hostile environment and present real challenges to the unprepared and ill-equipped hill walker.
Stay safe and have fun, by getting trained up by Granite Trails instructors. You’ll learn about the right equipment (we would recommend checking with us before you buy, so you don’t waste money on the wrong thing), how to navigate using map and compass and GPS (if your interested), hazards of hill/mountain travel, the weather and good route choice. All our staff are also experts on the mountain environment and you’ll learn about the flora/fauna, geology and local history of the area.
Remember everything we do is bespoke and tailored to your needs so here are some examples of what we do, but don’t hesitate to contact us if you cant see exactly what you need.
Let the adventures begin!
Navigation skills in a day!
If you enjoy a walk or a bike in the hills and national parks of Britain, then this is the day for you! Gain the confidence to plan and lead days out off the beaten track for yourself, friends and family in a safe, fun way. you'll learn where you can go, how to get there and how to stay safe. £40 per person, group discount for a group of 4 or more people. Small ratios for maximum learning! No previous experience needed as this course is led our professional instructors.
12th Nov, 19th Nov, 3rd Dec, 10th Dec, 7th Jan, 28 Jan.
Call or email for mid week or other date availability.
Dartmoor hill day
We are always out on the moors and we love it! Dartmoor is a great area learn the essential skills of hill walking, we use some of the most beautiful parts of Dartmoor for our great hill days. Dartmoor has been used as a challenging training environment for expedition teams and the military for many years and is well known for this. So whether you want to learn to navigate and look after yourself in this environment or just have a great day out and learn about the moors with one of our expert staff, Dartmoor is the perfect choice. Don’t forget you can finish your walk with a Devon cream tea or refreshing pint of local ale or cider, Perfect!
Hill skills course
This 2 day course is an intense intro to the skills you need to get out and explore the british hills and mountains. Based either on Dartmoor, Snowdonia or the Lake District, you’ll learn about navigation, route choice, weather, emergency coping strategies and equipment. All based in some of The country’s most beautiful places!
Mountain skills course
Up for some real adventure? This is the place to start. This 3 day course based in Snowdonia or the Lake District, gives you the skills and experience you need to get out and take on the challenges of the British mountains. We will cover the basics as included in the Hill Skills course (above), we’ll also get into some steep ground and scrambling terrain, and take in some classic mountain summits. A favourite course to work on of our staff! The only limit is your enthusiasm.
Winter mountain skills course
Don’t stop going hill walking just because its winter! Get the skills and knowledge you need to experience this special time of year. All of our instructors get excited about winter, and the ice and snow. Our 5 day winter course is based in Aviemore at the foot of the Cairngorm Mountains in the wild Scottish Highlands. This course covers, Winter mountain travel techniques, use of ice axe and crampons, avalanche assessment and awareness, winter weather, correct equipment, winter navigation, emergency techniques including building a snow hole and possibly sleeping out in one!(weather and conditions dependant). You’ll need a good standard of fitness and be prepared to be out all day in some very wild weather. Experiencing Scotland in the winter is a very special experience, especially after a hard day in the mountains, sitting by the fire with a hot chocolate or a local single malt whiskey! Check out our bespoke courses for winter 2016/17