Winter Walking

Winter skills

My first winter walking experience was with friends in the Lake District in the early 1980s.  We knew nothing of weather, snow, ice, self arrest and were convinced avalanches happened on the big mountains overseas!  We had an ice axe each, but no crampons.  We did not know how to step cut, cut a ledge or even how to carry the axe properly.  

Will Manners Lake District Winter Walking 1983
Sporting my finest hat and home made gloves in 1983!

We survived – just!  There is a shortcut though, join me and we can bypass the ‘error learning’ by gaining skills and confidence so that the stunning British winter hills can be more accessible.

A single day out will be valuable, but since the weather sometimes blesses and sometimes challenges, changes a minimum of two days is advisable. 


A good base of summer walking experience is advisable.  Areas we would aim to cover (subject to weather and conditions) include:

  • Planning
  • Weather and avalanches
  • Use of ice axe and crampons
  • What’s in my rucksack? 
  • Winter navigation 
  • Emergencies and evacuation (how to get off / back off)

Winter mountaineering


Whatever your experience, expect to have great days out, learn lots and gain in confidence.  Let us know what you fancy and we can plan to suit. Winter walking ratios are 1:1 to 1:6. Prices are here.