Skills courses >> Mountain scrambling


From the classic horseshoes of Snowdon and Helvellyn, to the towering rock architecture of the North Face of Ben Nevis and the majesty of the Black Cuillin of Skye; the UK has a lifetime's worth of great mountain scrambles. Scrambling blurs the line between hillwalking and climbing with routes like Pinnacle Ridge on St. Sunday Crag and Curved Ridge on Buachaille Etive Mor requiring mountaineering skills in the wider sense. In a day the terrain might vary from simple walking to an airy ridge and easy-angled rock. Each require different skills and techniques for safe and efficient progress.

For walkers looking to extend their experience into the mountaineering arena a rock scrambling course or guided day will give you the skills required to make decisions, protect yourself and your party on scrambling routes of all grades.


Both Snowdonia and the Lake District offer superb scrambling including ridge routes, gullies and open faces. In Snowdonia routes like Crib Goch, the Bochlwyd horseshoe and Idwal Staircase offer superb routes to some of the highest summits in the area. Scafell, Scafell Pike and Great Gable on the western edge of the Lake District offer some fine mountain journeys with scrambles of verying levels of difficulty. 

Along the way we will look at route selection, equipment, forecasting conditions and techniques for safe movement on steeper ground. There is plenty of interest on these routes for anyone interested in geology, photography and natural history.

All equipment is provided (ropes, harnesses etc.) and you just need to provide your own clothing, boots and rucsack. No special footwear is required; just a robust hillwalking boot with ankle support and a well-maintained sole.


The Black Cuillin mountains of Skye are regarded by mountaineers as some of the finest and most technically challenging mountain terrain in Britain. The subsidiary buttresses that descend from the main ridge straight into the sea offer a wealth of superb scrambling opportunities. The volcanic rock, known as Gabbro, is famed for it's quality.

From the mountain summits there are incomparable views across the Atlantic ocean and the Islands of the Hebrides. The island has a wealth of interest for geologists, naturalists and photographers and anyone who enjoys mountaineering.

Join us on Skye in May or June for routes like the Inaccessible Pinnacle and Window Buttress.