Mountain Walking

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Mountain Walking

All the mountains around Eryri (Snowdonia) National Park, big and small, offer inspiring days out. It is a great chance to explore the mountain environment away from everyday life. We offer simple walks over rolling hills to steeper roped scrambles up the iconic rocky mountains of North Wales.

With the combination of physical exertion and inspiring views, there is always an immense team satisfaction of gaining the mountain top. 

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You can't beat the mountain views, stretching from the Irish Sea to inner Snowdonia.

"It was hard work, but it felt great to get the top of Snowdon"
Bethany Smith

Mountain Walking

We are fortunate to have hills and mountains of all sizes in North Wales. Our qualified instructors involve all individual group members during the planning stage. This allows the group to make the day their own, whilst also ensuring it is achievable. On the hill, group members often have the opportunity to lead the way and all are encouraged to look after fellow team members.

To give the group a greater sense of adventure, we often head away from the regular paths for a true mountaineering experience. 

Scrambling Snowdonia North Wales


Scrambling can be classified as an activity somewhere between rock climbing and mountain walking. You will require the use of your hands on the rocky buttresses for upward progress.

There are plenty of classic grade 1 scrambles that are used around Eryri (Snowdonia), these being scrambles that can often be safely managed without ropes. Mountains like Tryfan are well known scrambling venues with many iconic lines. Groups often enjoy the extra excitement and enjoyment gained from scrambling.

Mountain Navigation

Mountain navigation can be an extra element for the group to take responsibility for. This can be as a brief introduction to a map and spotting features along the journey, or as a more in depth look at route planning and the use of a map and compass as part of a navigation course. We also run Mountain Leader training, assessment and refresher courses.

This environment lends itself to the hill and mountain aspects of the GCSE and A-Level PE syllabi and provides extensive options for BTEC Public Service expeditions.

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Learning Outcomes

For Outdoor Education Courses

  • Show respect for the environment around us.
  • Persevere and show resilience to achieve a goal and complete a journey.
  • Identify key features on a map.
  • Navigate a route using a map and compass, with support when necessary.
  • Caring for others on the team ascent. 
  • Identify mountain flora & fauna, glaciation and geology to GCSE and A-level standards.

Activity Venues

From Arete Outdoor Centre we have views of Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon), the Glyders and Carneddau mountain ranges, which contain the 3000ft peaks of North Wales. They offer days out on rounded hills or rocky scrambles. Popular peaks include Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon), Tryfan and Elidir Fawr.

Around the main ranges are smaller peaks, commonly for primary pupils, such as Moel Eilio, Cnicht or Crimpiau.

Mountain Walking Courses

Mountain Walking forms part of our outdoor education courses at Arete, it is popular full day activity. Through the outdoor adventures, and residential stay, we incorporate a range of educational benefits for the pupils. Mountain Walking can also be part of geography field work, looking at the mountain environment.  These studies can include glaciation, weather and navigation.

Courses of all lengths available throughout the year. A dedicated and experienced instructor is allocated per group. They will tailor the outdoor education programme, that will be flexible to adjust to pupil progression and weather.

Costs: As an example, a 5 day fully catered course starts from just £235 per pupil for courses in November – February.

How to Book: Please email or use our contact form. Let us know the time of year, approximate size of course, year group and any aspirations or learning objectives you may have.

 See our Primary or Secondary section from more information on our outdoor education courses. We also have a general Teachers & Leaders Guide.

All of our activities, including mountain walking, can be booked as a private session for any type of group. Mountain walking is usually a full day activity although a smaller mountain can be completed in half a day.  It is also possible to combine with one other activity for a full multi-activity day. Possible combinations include mountain walking and canoeing, abseiling or rock climbing.

Costs: Regardless of activity combinations, £70 per person for a full day of activity, £50 per person for half day of activity.
Minimum payment of £280 for a full day or £200 for a half day of activity.

Discounts: For groups, every 10th person can attend for free. 10% discount for schools, colleges, scouts & guides, cadets and certain youth charities.

Ratios: We run our courses at low ratios of 1:11 or less to ensure your safety and maximum participation.

Included: Safety kit, walking boots, rucksacks and waterproofs as necessary. Transport can also be provided if you are staying at Arete Outdoor Centre.

How to Book: Please email or use our contact form. Let us know your preferred date, approximate size of course, year group and any aspirations or learning objectives you may have.

More information: Please see our page on Adult Groups, Youth Groups or Family Activity.

We run Gold DofE Residential courses and Summer Camps during the holidays. Mountain walking can form a part of this 5 day multi-activity course. The accommodation is fully catered. You will meet like-minded individuals and have a great week of adventure.

2018 Dates: 20-24 August, 27-31 August.

Cost: £295 per person fully catered

How to Book: Please email or use our contact form. Let us know you preferred date.

More information: See our Gold Residential or Summer Camp page. Alternatively contact us if you have further questions.