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Walk with Confidence

Posted on May 16, 2011 @ 2:41 PM in Walking

Northern Ireland is full of great walking opportunities over varied terrain. For those looking to walk 'off the beaten track', there are some great routes and trails available in mountainous regions such as the Sperrins and the Mourne Mountains. Check out our Walking Areas page for more information, route descriptions, images and maps for the most popular hill walking destinations in Northern Ireland.

This summer there are a number of hill walking courses available designed to equip walkers with all the necessary preparation and navigation skills needed to walk with confidence in the hills. Below, WalkNI.com have outlined a few hill walking courses available in the Mourne Mountains during the next few months.



2 Day Hill Walking Skills - £173 per person
Sat 21 May

This 2 day overnight course is suitable for complete beginners or those who want to improve and/or refresh established hill walking skills. The courses will teach the basics of planning and preparing for walks, including route choice, fitness and equipment choice. Participants will learn the basics of hill walking skills and methods of mountain navigation including map interpretation and compass techniques. The course will also cover the basics of mountain safety such as hazard awareness, avoidance and emergency procedures as well how to enjoy the natural environment responsibly using the principles of ‘Leave No Trace'.


Show Me The Way To Go Home - £30 per person
Fri 3rd June (Evening Course)

This evening course is suitable for anyone wanting to learn or boost their navigation skills for walking in mountainous terrain. Course ratios are small and tailored to the individual needs of participants. Topics covered will include grid system and references, map orientation, feature identification, understanding contours, what to do when lost, planning a safe walk and use of a compass.


Hill Walking Emergencies - £76 per person
Sun 19th June

Ideal for either complete beginners or those who have tried hill walking before and wish to move to the next level. This course will cover the basics of planning and preparing for your walking trip including route choice, fitness and equipment choice as well as the basics of mountain safety such as hazard awareness, avoidance and emergency procedures.


Introduction to Mountain Skills & Navigation - £45 per person
Sat 2nd July or Sun 3rd July

This course is for those who are interested in walking around Northern Ireland's beautiful mountains but have never felt comfortable using a map. This course will teach you how to navigate safely along with the skills needed to have an enjoyable day in the hills.

Night Navigation Introduction Evening - £30 per person
Sat 2nd July or Sun 3rd July

If you are interested in walking around our beautiful mountains but have never felt comfortable about reading the map at night then this is the course for you. Have a go at practicing those navigation skills in the dark or low visibility, under the safe watchful eye of a qualified instructor.


It is recommended that anybody walking in the hills has a basic knowledge of map reading and navigation and is aware of the basics of mountain safety. All the courses above will enable walkers to set off into the hills with complete confidence.

Chris Armstrong

Chris Armstrong
Chris Armstrong  Mountain Bike Officer

Chris looks after all things mountain biking in Northern Ireland ...it's a tough job but someone's gotta do it!

3 comments have been posted in reply to this article

Posted by Anthony Mills on August 5, 2014 @ 2:56 AM

Hi do you have any more beginners courses coming up at all? If not could you point me in the right direction of where to find a course. Thanks much appreciated Tony.

Posted by WalkNI on August 7, 2014 @ 10:38 AM

Lot’s of courses are listed on the WalkNI.com events calendar so I would suggest having a look here as it is regularly updated. http://www.walkni.com/events/

If you can’t see anything appropriate here, there are a number of providers who offer beginners courses, simply give them a call to check dates and availability.

Tollymore National outdoor Centre


028 4372 2158


Life Adventure Centre





Mountain Sojourns


077 4028 5794


Posted by Arff Slivani on April 27, 2015 @ 8:01 AM

Nice work walking in the nature with fresh air really I like it

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