Outdoor skills, training & coaching for all abilities
Whether you are new to walking, or you are working towards one of the mountain training walking qualifications, I offer coaching sessions in a relaxed, friendly, inclusive and supportive environment. If you don't have the confidence to go it alone or you'd like some support to access the countryside, I will develop a bespoke session based on your goals. I can offer courses in navigation, expeditions, guided walks and camp craft.
I am also available as a freelance Mountain Leader for other outdoor organisations in the UK.
Walks & Group Events
Do you need a fully qualified ML (mountain leader) for an event, group walk or activity? Do you have a family holiday planned and would like a leader to arrange the walking or are you on holiday in the UK and want a walking guide? I will plan and lead your walk for you, taking the responsibility of the navigation for the day whilst you relax with your family and friends. I am available to lead day walks in the Peak District and I can also travel to other areas of the UK for weekends or longer. I also work freelance for other outdoor organisations and I offer competitive rates as a fully qualified, insured and experienced summer ML.
If you are training for the Summer Mountain Leader award, or you're a walk leader who needs to improve map and compass skills, I offer a variety of navigation courses for all abilities. These courses are also ideal for Lowland Leader, Hill and Moorland Leader, private groups and for anyone wanting to learn to navigate, or improve their navigation. I am accredited to deliver NNAS (National Navigation Award Scheme) courses and I have experience of delivering and putting together bespoke sessions based upon requirements and experience. I also run sessions for Girl Guides, Scouts and young people who may be working towards DofE. If you already have some knowledge of map reading and have reasonably good compass skills, I offer advanced sessions including night navigation, contour only navigation and GPS technology and online mapping.
Expeditions and Adventures
Have you always wanted to try wild camping or a multi-day expedition but don't know where to start? Do you want to explore a new area of the UK on foot, or do you need to brush up on your Mountain Leader expedition skills for an upcoming assessment? I offer bespoke expeditions and trips based around your needs. If YHA trips or B&B's are your preferred choice of accommodation then let me guide you, help you with the planning and navigation, whilst leading and supporting you on a walk of your choice with the itinerary chosen by you. Multi-day walks and mini expeditions, whether linear or circular, are great fun. They are exciting and rewarding from start to finish. If wild camping has been on your bucket list for a while, why not give it a go - watching the sunset or seeing the sun rise from the mountains is an experience you will never forget!