Winter Hill Walking Days

Winter Hill
Walking Days

Too many potential adventurers are missing out on the very best of Britain. The mountains of Wales, Scotland and England have a totally new character in winter, yet to most they seem off limits when coated with snow. This however is when the hills are at their most beautiful; a wonderland of snow and ice, free from crowds, as wild and challenging as anything you’ll find in the Alps or Pyrenees. A winter weekend with Fitways’ qualified mountain guides could completely change your life!

We can tailor weekends to your specifications; whether you want to learn the skills necessary to travel in the mountains in winter, would like to experience classic, familiar routes in a new way, or want to take on a hardcore challenge, Fitways can devise a bespoke solution in any range in the UK.

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Testimonials:

“Thank you so much team Fitways for such a great weekend in the hills. We couldn’t have wished for better conditions or tuition. I already can’t wait to get back into the snowy hills again!”

 

Price:
£90-£200
Days:
1-2
Daily walking time:
7 hours (Average) 
Altitude:
1,000m of ascent (average) 
Grade:
Moderate
Max team size:
8 People
Available dates: 
 
 

Note – There needs to be a minimum of 5 people booked for this trip to run

Private trips

For groups of 4 or more we are able to run private events on weekdays and weekends other than those listed. Please contact us to discuss your requirements in detail.

Location

For groups of 4 or more we are able to run mountain training events in other locations, including the Lake District and the Peak District. Please contact us to find out more.

Experience required

Some summer hill walking experience required

Want to come along, but only have 1 free day?

No problem, providing we have spaces, you’d be most welcome to join us for a single day.


The routes

Rather than specify the route we will be taking in advance, the Fitways Adventures team prefer to make this decision in consultation with our guests. The conditions and weather forecast will also play a key role when determining the optimum route choice. If you have a particular route or mountain in mind, please let us know in advance so we can make every effort to accommodate your wishes.

Example walks/regions

Snowdonia National Park (North Wales)

  • Snowdon – via the Watkin Path
  • The Carneddau
  • The Glyders
  • The Arans
  • The Moelwyns
  • Cadair Idris
  • The Rhinogs

The Lake District

  • The Langdale Pikes
  • Bowfell & The Langdale Pikes Langdale Pikes
  • The Loweswater Fells
  • Glaramara, Allen Crags, Great End and Seathwaite Fell
  • Causey Pike, Scar Crags, Outerside and Barrow
  • The High Dodds & Clough Head
  • Haystacks & Great Gable
  • Hartsop Dodds and Crags Circular
  • Riggindale Crag, High Street and Mardale Ill Bell
  • The Kentmere Horseshoe
  • Ullswater’s South East Fells
  • Bowscale Fell and Bannerdale Crags
  • Helvellyn from Glenridding
  • Nethermost Pike, Dollywaggon Pike, Seat Sandal, Fairfield, Hart Crag, High Pike and Low Pike
  • Greenburn and Helm Crag
  • The Skiddaw Range
  • High Street and Stony Cove Pike
  • Helvellyn from Legburnthwaite
  • Scafell and Scafell Pike
  • The Mosedale Horseshoe
  • Crinkle Crags Bowfell & Esk Pike
  • The Coniston Fells
  • Great Gable via Sourmilk Gill
  • Helvellyn from Wythburn

The Brecon Beacons

  • Pen y Fan from Cwmgwdi near Brecon
  • Hay Bluff & Twmpa, Black Mountains
  • The Sugar Loaf from near Abergavenny
  • Waun Fach & Y Grib from Pengenfford (Castell Dinas)
  • Fan Fawr & Fan Frynych, Fforest Fawr
  • Fan Nedd & Fan Bwlch Chwyth, Fforest Fawr
  • Waun Fach from Castell Dinas, near Talgarth
  • Pen y Fan & Corn Du from Cwmgwdi
  • The Black Mountain, Brecon Beacons
  • Fan Frynych & Fan Llia, Fforest Fawr
  • Fan Gyhirych & Fan Bwlch Chwyth, Fforest Fawr
  • Fan y Big from Torpantau
  • The Brecon Beacons from the Taf Fechan Forest
  • Cwmyoy & Hatterrall Hill from Llanthony Priory
  • The Hatterall Ridge from Llanthony Priory
  • Fan Gyhirych, Fan Nedd & Fan Bwlch Chwyth
  • Highest Peaks of the Brecon Beacons

Included in our 2 day Winter Hill Walking package

  • A friendly welcome (At the start location) 
  • Safety Briefing
  • Fully qualified Winter Mountain Leader
  • Safety equipment – carried by your Mountain Leader
  • Packed lunch
  • Tea & Coffee on the mountain
  • Introduction to crampon and Ice Axe techniques
  • Winter equipment – Ice Axe & Crampons & Walking Poles
  • Advice on outdoor clothing & equipment
  • Basic navigation instruction
  • Emergency equipment & procedures
  • 6-7 hours of mountain walking/day
  • B&B on Saturday night – twin room (£30 single room supplement)
  • Drop off after the event en route between the course location and Maidenhead

Not Included

  • Evening Dinner

Included in our 1 day winter walking package

  • A friendly welcome
  • Safety Briefing
  • Fully qualified Winter Mountain Leader
  • Safety equipment – carried by your Mountain Leader
  • Packed lunch
  • Tea & Coffee on the mountain
  • Introduction to Crampon and Ice Axe techniques
  • Specialised equipment – Ice Axe & Crampons
  • Advice on outdoor clothing & equipment
  • Basic navigation instruction
  • Emergency equipment & procedures
  • 6-7 hours of mountain walking

Extra Info

Note – There needs to be a minimum of 5 people booked for this trip to run

Private Trips

For groups of 4 or more we are able to run private events on weekdays and weekends other than those listed. Please Contact Us to discuss your requirements in detail.

Location

For groups of 4 or more we are able to run mountain training events in other locations, including the Lake District and the Peak District. Please Contact Us to find out more.

What’s next?

After just a single day of winter hill walking, people often become hooked. If you decide this activity is for you then why not attend one of our Winter Skills Courses. You’ll quickly learn all the skills you need to venture out on your own in full winter conditions. If you fancy trying something a little more challenging you could always sign up to one of our fully organised mountain challenges such as the Winter 3 Peaks.

Travel & Logistics

For The 1 Day Event

We’ll communicate details of the start location (which will include parking) prior to the trip start date.

For The 2 Day Event

 You will meet your Mountain Leader at the start of the event – full details (with directions & parking information) will be communicated in advance of the event.

Equipment List

  • Map (Fitways can provide)
  • Compass (Fitways can provide)
  • Warm Gloves – 3 pairs including liner gloves
  • 2 x Warm Hat (covering ears)
  • Spare socks
  • Balaclava
  • Quality Waterproofs (Jacket & Trousers)
  • Backpack (35 – 40 Litres) Do ensure your equipment is in a waterproof bag
  • Mobile phone (in waterproof case)
  • Blister plasters (suggest Compeed)
  • Personal First Aid kit (Your Leader will carry a Master First Aid kit)
  • Sunglasses
  • Goggles (Ski goggles are ideal)
  • Camera (optional)
  • Spare warm fleece
  • Optional: GPS
  • Overnight bag including a change of clothes for the evening
  • Water Bottle (1-2 Litres)
  • Flask
  • Crampons (Fitways can provide)
  • Walking poles (Fitways can provide)
  • Ice Axe (Fitways can provide)
  • Gaiters

Equipment to be worn on the hill

  • Walking boots (Sturdy – B1 Rated or higher)
  • Warm socks
  • Walking trousers (medium or heavy weight) – no jeans
  • Base Layer (long-sleeved top – not cotton)
  • Sports top or fleece (not cotton)
  • Windproof outer layer (Soft shell is ideal)

Maps that cover the Brecon Beacons

OS 1:50k Landranger Series 160 Brecon Beacons / Bannau Brycheiniog


Maps the cover Snowdonia National Park

OS 1:50K Landranger Series 115 (Snowdon/Yr Wyddfa)

Maps that cover the Lake District

OS 1:25k Explorer Series OL4 The Lake District NW area
OS 1:25k Explorer Series OL6 The Lake District SW area
OS 1:25k Explorer Series OL5 The Lake District NE area
OS 1:25K Explorer Series OL7 The Lake District SE area

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