General Course Information

  • Courses are of 2 day duration, with a mix of week and weekend options.

  • A Mountain skills course may include an evening session.

  • The aim is to provide you with the best possible environment for you to learn new skills, and from experience this is best achieved by delivering training that is very practical, in great locations, and above all is enjoyable and sociable!

  • Group sizes are small (maximum of 8 candidates per tutor).

  • ‘Rock and Roam’ is an AALA licenced organisation and is therefore able to include under 18’s. There is a 14 years minimum age limit however.

  • We are fully insured.

  • The cost includes OS map and compass for the duration of the course.

  • NB: Please provide a packed lunch for both days, your own walking boots and full waterproofs.

  • Sorry, we are unable to cater for dogs.

  • Accommodation.   Bunkhouse, YHA or camping.

Your Tutors


Courses are run by Paul and Mark (please see ‘About….’ and ‘Instructors’ elsewhere on the website for more details). Aside from both being very experienced walkers and mountaineers, qualified to lead groups anywhere in the UK and in any season (Winter Mountain Leader Award) they both have a teaching and coaching background and they enjoy what they do!

What to expect.......

On day 1 we will introduce you to the skills ie your ‘kit bag’ of tools! Some of this will be through an introductory session indoors but we will quickly be progressing onto the hillside to practice some of the theory and introduce other skills elements. We will always remain flexible in order to make best use of the weather but ideally we’d like to include in day 1 a short journey with opportunities to practice, talk, look, ask and enjoy!  We'll also plan day 2 which will be focussed on a full days walk, practicing and applying skills learnt.


The terrain we will be walking across will include uneven ground, rough and rocky terrain, stiles, stream crossings, fields, moorland, hills and/or mountains (including summits), tracks and lanes, as well as a number of steep ascents and descents.  We may of course experience and have to manage adverse weather conditions. Part of the attraction of valley, hill and mountain walking is the challenge of tackling these different conditions. We have a wealth of experience dealing with all ages and abilities and every effort will be made to minimize potential hazards; however, the very nature of hill and mountain walking involves a certain level of unavoidable risk of accident and/or injury. By taking part in this activity, you are aware of and accept these risks.