Walking is an excellent way to improve physical health. The slower pace (compared to running or cycling) also allows the more inquisitive walker to take notice of their surroundings, spot wildlife, and identify plant-life and geological features.

Just getting out for a short walk in local parks, woodland, or nature spots can help to improve mental health. In fact, many villages, towns, and cities have local walking groups. These are a great way to meet likeminded people and provide opportunities to explore different areas.

There are also more challenging types of walking, such as hill and moorland hiking, and mountaineering. These can encompass everything from short fell walks through to full expeditions with wild camping.  Some popular UK routes can include scrambling, others roped climbing, and the more technical routes a combination of both.

Progressing onto more technically demanding routes from simple hikes is a sensible approach. This allows for the development of the necessary skills and competence to keep you safe in challenging and changing environments – see our “Safety” page for more info on skills development.

We would recommend that, if venturing into mountainous terrain for the first time, you do so with experienced people.  There are many qualified UK instructors and leaders that can be employed to safeguard groups, as well as inform and instruct the necessary skills to enjoy the hills safely. Qualified instructors and leaders can be found on the Mountain Training Association: Find a leader database.

Associations and Groups

The links below will take you to a number of interest groups, associations and resources.  These include the governing bodies of UK mountaineering, which you can join as a member to gain benefits that include insurance, organised events, and newsletters.  The membership fees are also used to fund environmental projects such as the construction of designated paths on our hillsides.

We have also included links to the National Training Centres that provide various outdoor training courses.  It should be noted that many of the MTA qualified leaders and instructors can provide training courses as well, so it’s always worth speaking to a local instructor / leader to see what they can offer.

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Will4Adventure provide hill & mountain skills courses and adventure activities for all abilities. Peak District, Snowdonia, Lakes and overseas treks.

 Mountaineering and Hiking /  UK Wide

Walking for Health is England’s largest network of health walks with over 375 active schemes, helping people across the country lead a more active lifestyle....

 Mountaineering and Hiking /  UK Wide

Tollymore National Outdoor Centre has a long history in providing skills and leadership based courses for various types of groups and individuals which introduces participants...

 Mountaineering and Hiking /  Northern Ireland

The Walking Dad is a keen fell walker and actively promotes his passion via podcasts on Facebook.

 Mountaineering and Hiking /  UK Wide

As the National Centre, Plas y Brenin develops the people that develop the outdoor sector – from instructors to centre managers to expedition leaders to...

 Mountaineering and Hiking /  Wales

OutdoorLads is a friendly group of gay, bisexual and trans men who get together to enjoy adventures and activities. Our events are run by volunteers all over...

 Mountaineering and Hiking /  UK Wide

Ordnance Survey is the national mapping agency of the United Kingdom which covers the island of Great Britain.

 Mountaineering and Hiking /  UK Wide

With stunning landscapes and the most enlightened access laws in the world, Scotland is a unique and special place for mountain adventures, whether you enjoy...

 Mountaineering and Hiking /  Scotland

The Mountain Training Associations is the support and development branch of Mountain Training. Its full members are walking leaders and climbing instructors who are committed...

 Mountaineering and Hiking /  UK Wide

We are a volunteer-led peer support walking group, offering a non-judgemental ear to people who have experienced mental health issues. Though our admin team, led...

 Mountaineering and Hiking /  UK Wide

Glenmore Lodge is ideally situated to deliver a full range of mountaineering activities. Their mountaineering department offer courses in the UK and abroad in climbing,...

 Mountaineering and Hiking /  Scotland

The British Mountaineering Council is the national representative body for England and Wales that exists to protect the freedoms and promote the interests of climbers,...

 Mountaineering and Hiking /  UK Wide

A Mountain Guide is someone with the IFMGA carnet, the highest qualification in the world for leading people in the mountains, whether skiing, climbing or...

 Mountaineering and Hiking /  UK Wide


Please feel free to contact us via e-mail if you have any questions on how to get started on your next adventure.  We’re more than happy to help identify walks for you that will suit your level of experience, fitness and aims.