Winter Hillwalking

Ready to take hillwalking to the next level? Why not request a permitted member of our Hillwalking and Trekking ASU who can take you out in Winter conditions? Weather permitting, learn how to use an ice axe and crampons!

Availability is by confirmation only. Most availability is at weekends but some permit holders may occasionally be able to help on weekdays with enough notice.

N.B. Party sizes are limited to seven (including adults).

To book/see the calendar for this resource, you must hold an Adult Appointment in Scouting or Girlguiding and have the appropriate permissions applied. Please log in if you are already a member or register an account.


Hill walking is the activity of walking in hilly or mountainous regions without the need or use of ropes. Its super adventurous and you get to see some fantastic views!

Essential equipment

If you’re walking in mountainous regions, like North Wales, the Lake District or the Scottish Highlands, be prepared for more challenging weather. It is important to be properly equipped as conditions can vary dramatically from valley to mountaintop, regardless of the season. Walking on an exposed mountainside, you can quickly become susceptible to wind chill. The combination of high winds and cold air can dramatically lower your body temperature to potentially fatal levels of hypothermia.

Warm and waterproof clothing, a map, compass and good navigation skills are essential, and in addition to the standard equipment for country walks, you should also carry/wear:

  • Synthetic Baselayers
  • Fleece top & spare
  • Synthetic Trousers
  • Waterproof Jacket & Trousers
  • Synthetic Liner Socks
  • Wool Socks
  • Walking Boot
  • Rucksack (with waist support)
  • Food and water
  • A survival bag – a heavy-duty bag that keeps your body insulated from the cold in an emergency. See an example on the Cotswolds Outdoor website
  • A head torch torch and spare batteries
  • Map & Compass
  • A whistle (six blasts of a whistle or six flashes of a torch is the international distress signal)
  • Additional warm clothing (including hat and gloves)
  • High-energy rations (such as mint cake, chocolate, or dried fruit)
  • A first aid kit
  • Suncream