"I have walked with Patrick on several trips now and thoroughly enjoyed all
of them. Patrick has a superb skill for judging the fitness and skill level of the group he is leading and planning the routes
accordingly. He achieves a great balance between encouraging people to push themselves a little beyond their comfort zones
and knowing when its all becoming a bit too much! I have tackled mountains I would never have thought myself capable of, and
under Patrick's supervision did it with a smile on my face and real sense of achievement at the end. My confidence scrambling
has improved no end and I can't wait to get out onto the next mountain! Patrick's leadership style is excellent -
he feels like a very safe pair of hands without being too overbearing and his inclusive style make you really feel like part
of a team."
Never have been up a mountain before, and nervous of heading out on your own?
Is there a mountain that you have
always wanted to climb, and would prefer to do it with professional support?
Are you doing a challenge walk, and need
to get some valuable 'mountain miles' under your (new) boots?
We can take you on a mountain journey, enabling you to experience
the mountain environment, but without the worry of route planning and navigation. Once on the hill, we introduce you to the
skills that you will need to develop, should you want to head out under your own steam in the future. Along the way, we can
discuss the clothing and kit that you will need. Routes are tailored to your preferred mountain area and level of fitness.
The options that we offer include:
Regular guided walks in the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains
introductory mountain walks
Guided walks up Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mount Snowdon
Three day 'Introduction
to the Mountains'
Introduction to 'wild camping' (see the Mountain Skills section)
also provide guided walks up any mountain in the UK that you wish to climb.
Introductory Mountain Walks
Brecon Beacons, South Wales
Pen-Y-Fan is the highest mountain south of Snowdonia. Our route starts from the south and provides relatively gentle
gradients on good paths. With the highest point being not far short of 3000 feet, this is a real mountain experience. Once
up on the ridge, we ‘tick off’ three summits as well as Pen-Y-Fan itself, all the while (weather permitting!)
accompanied by stunning views north into mid-Wales.
Note that we run this walk (and local variations) on a regular basis as a day trip starting from
outside London, with pick-ups along the M4 corridor.
Snowdonia, North Wales
This lovely mountain offers a couple of options, depending on the preferences of the group. We normally do a circuit
from Capel Curig, passing the lake of Llyn-y-Foel on the way up. Many people rate Moel Siabod highly because once on top there
are some of the best views of the big peaks of Snowdonia. The return journey follows an easy path down to the National Mountain
Centre at Plas-Y-Brenin, and short woodland walk back to the car park.
Lake District, England
Crinkle Crags & Bowfell
These are picturesque mountains at the top of wonderful Great Langdale. We start our walk at the Old Dungeon Ghyll
pub (something to look forward to at the end of the walk!) and initially cross typical Lakeland upland farming country before
entering Oxendale and starting the hard work as we head up towards the tops. Once up on Crinkle Crags we get views to both
the popular Langdale Pikes, and to the Scafell massif. From here there are a couple of options to either continue onto Bowfell
(and beyond) or descend back to Langdale, depending on energy levels.
The National ‘3 Peaks’
Ben Nevis (Scotland), Scafell Pike (England), Mount Snowdon (Wales)
No, not the 24-hour challenge! We
recognise that many people, not otherwise keen hill goers, harbour ambitions to climb at least one of the highest mountains
in each part of mainland Britain. We can enable you to achieve this ambition, whether your ambition is Snowdon in Wales, Scafell
Pike in England or Ben Nevis in Scotland. All three of the mountains offer a choice of route to the top and we will lead you
on a route that matches your ability and offers the best chance of getting to the summit.
Introduction to hill-walking weekend
For those with a little more
time to spare we offer a three-day mountain experience. This gives you more flexibility about what you do and more quality
mountain time under your belt. We
can tailor this to any mountain area in the UK.
Our three-day packages include:
Arriving on Thursday evening at our comfortable base in Betws-Y-Coed, we get a chance to get to know each other and
sort out kit for Friday. On Friday we head up Moel Siabod, a lovely mountain that rises above the village of Capel Curig and
that offers superb views of Snowdonia. On Saturday we aim to get you to the summit of one of the ‘Welsh 3000’s’
and depending on the weather and your preferences this might be Snowdon or at least one of the Glyders. On the Sunday we do
a shorter day, with our target mountain dependent on your recovery from Saturdays exertions.
with the Snowdonia trip, an evening arrival on Thursday enables us to sort out kit and discuss plans. On
Friday we head to the Langdale valley and a walk in the Langdale Pikes, lovely mountains that offer superb views to the high
peaks of the Scafell and Helvellyn ranges. On Saturday we have a longer day, as we aim to complete the Fairfield Horseshoe,
a marvellous high mountain route. At the end of the day we walk straight back into Ambleside for a well earned cuppa (or something
stronger) and a cake. On
the Sunday we travel a short distance to Grasmere, and walk a short circuit that enables us to be back at the cars by early