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Mountaineering (Hill Walking)

Mountaineering (Hill Walking)

Do you enjoy the hills, the views and spending time with like minded people? Do you want to become authorised to take parties out yourself – we can help!

We can offer you great hill walking skills and training weekends!

County Adviser/Assessor: David Adamson

David Adamson, Dai Cowx, Paul Davies, Paul Frame, Jonathan How, Brian May, Howard Park, Eileen Wingrove, Martin David


Mountaineering Permits

The Adventurous Activity Permit Scheme applies to Hill Walking and Mountain Biking.

Persons leading parties in Terrains One or Two (see definitions below) will require a formal permit. Terrain Zero does not require any formal permit though general expedition/activity requirements apply.

The relevant NGB Qualification depends on the terrain you wish to walk in. For Terrain 1, this is “Walking Group Leader (WGL)” and for Terrain 2, this is “Mountain Leader (ML)”. Check with ACC (Activities) for possibilities of grant aid for all Leader Training Courses.

The following rough guide indicates that demanding hiking can be undertaken to suit all needs. Full definitions are given in POR (see rules 9.26 to 9.32).

  • Terrain Zero – Any area under 500 metres and within 30 minutes walk of a road or habitation. This applies to most of southern England.
  • Terrain One – Any area over 500 but under 800 metres high that can be accessed without any resort to scrambling and is within 3 hrs of a road or habitation. This terrain occurs on Dartmoor, Peak district and parts of Snowdonia, the Lake District and Scotland.
  • Terrain Two – Any area over 800 metres and/or that an element of scrambling may be required. This terrain applies to areas around the summits of several peaks in Snowdonia, Lake District and Scotland.
  • Winter Conditions – Any occasion when snow and/or ice conditions are present or can reasonably be expected and cannot easily be avoided. This not based on time of year.
  • Summer Conditions – Any occasion when Winter Conditions are not present. This not based on time of year.
  • Walking Group Size – Minimum 4 and maximum 7. There has been a proposal to change this rule – for the most recent information consult or the County Mountain Activities Adviser.


How can I get involved?

There are two SASU that support this programme areas.  Visit their pages and get involved in what they do!

PEAK SASU (training and experience)

Surrey Scout & Guide Mountaineering Club SASU (experience building)



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