Outdoor Courses

All welcome whatever your skill level!

Ever felt that uncomfortable “Not sure where I am” feeling? Want to head out into the hills with confidence? Tired of following your leader?

Why not learn how to read a map, take a bearing with a compass, estimate how long your walk will take and go safely and confidently into the great outdoors? Give yourself and friends a boost by learning a few tricks of the trade.

Days, afternoons or evenings, it’s your course!

Contact me if you would like to know more: freetimeoutdoors@gmail.com

Upcoming Courses for 2021

Download our Booking Sheet: Freetime Outdoors Booking Sheet

Freetime Outdoors Hill Skills one day.

A day in the Lakes. As much information as can be packed into a small space. From technical skills such as map and compass to emergency procedure and looking after your pals. The cost of this is a total of £175.00 a day for one-to-one. For groups £30.00 per person with a minimum of five clients and a maximum group of eight.

Evening Hill Skills.

A mini tour of hill skills. Working on navigation skills but throwing in plenty of other helpful hints and tips. Earlier in the year, dates would involve what I call a “walk into dark”. These are always well received and build confidence for cloudy days on the tops. Cost is £17.50 per person for a local evening, £25.00 per person for Lakes. A minimum of four clients and a maximum group of eight.

Contact me for booking on 077 66 916 702

Community Learning

Are you going in the right direction?

Maybe you’re a hill-walker raring to get back on the fells. Maybe you’re looking for some light relief from the grind of day to day business. If you’re looking for some hints and tips this is the one for you!

Building on Basic Hill Skills. We will look at understanding what information is available on a map. Navigation strategies for planning a route and section of route and navigating with a map and compass. We will take bearings from and to the map and study more advanced navigational skills and strategies. We will discuss emergency procedure, weather flora and fauna and geomorphology, group management and dealing with hazards.

An introduction to the basics of map reading and compass skills. We will look at understanding what information is available on a map. Planning a simple route and beginning to use a compass.

Hill Skills and Navigation

This evening course extends your understanding of hill walking and navigation techniques using appropriate equipment to go safely and confidently into the great outdoors. Six sessions, four classroom plus an outdoor evening navigation exercise and a day on the hills.

CLC00921B 4th November 2021 onwards. 6.00pm to 8.30pm plus a day 10.00am to 4.00pm £99.00

Hill Skills: Bigger Hills

Community Learning and Skills. This course takes the skills attained from the five week course and applies them to the real world, away from tracks and paths and into steeper terrain. Suitable also for accomplished walkers who want to extend their knowledge.

CLC00971B Great Wood 4th December 2021 09.30am – 4.30pm £38.50

Hill Skills Evening Navigation

An evening session on local fells. Usually in the dark. This course gives confidence in map and compass work and poor visibility.

CLC00971B 8th December 2021 6.00pm to 9.00pm £16.50

Hill Skills Essentials – Online

A basic introduction to the necessities of Hill Skills. Four sessions, two per week.

CLC00911A 8th November 2021 6.00pm to 7.30pm on Monday and Wednesday each of two weeks. £30.

Mountain Leader Award

Mountain Leader (summer) Courses run by Adventures of Cockermouth. Professional qualification. Contact us for more information or follow the stated links..

Mountain Leader Award Assessments and Training

Mountain Leader (summer) and Rock Climbing Instructor Courses run by Adventures of Cockermouth. Professional qualification. Please contact us for more information.

ML summer training. 20th and 21st April 2022 and 26th to 29th April 2022.


North Lake District. Split course. Places available.

This is a split training course. We meet on the Friday evening. We meet at 10 am on the first day. Residential accommodation may be available depending on how soon you book onto the course.  £395.00.

More courses being posted soon!

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