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

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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.

Mountaineering Courses – Surrey/GLSW Scouts

Contact: David Adamson

Skills courses (Mountain Skills and Remote Camping Skills) are run each year, that are suitable for people requiring an introduction to the activity and those wishing to develop their skills and/or prepare for formal assessment. They involve a day pre-meet held locally and a weekend in the hills, usually in Snowdonia. Assessment can normally be provided by prior arrangement.

These courses can be tailored to meet the needs of most people and previous experience is not necessarily required, however, participants must be physically fit. The courses are ideal for Explorer or Network scouts or Leaders seeking Adventurous Activity Permits and will act as training and preparation for formal assessment. Assessment may be possible on these courses but must be previously arranged through the Hillwalking Permit registrar.

Some other opportunities are listed in Appendix 2 for mountaineering training with organisations offering courses that are suitable for Scouts and/or Leaders.

Surrey Scout & Guide Mountaineering Club


The Club is a joint organisation of the Scout and Guide Counties of Surrey and Greater London South West. It organises ‘Away Meets’ in the Mountains and evening ‘Home Meets’, usually on the 2nd Tuesday of the month in the lounge at the Toby Carvery, Cheam Road, Ewell.

They hold a minimum of two away meets per year to the mountains (generally February and October) plus a number of local day walks in the Surrey Hills or other southern country venues through the spring and summer months. The club welcomes any members of the scout association over the age of 18 who would like to gain mountaineering experience or simply have a fun weekend away with other adults.

All Members of the Movement are welcome to come to any of the indoor meetings and any away meets. For further information, please contact the secretary.

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
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