Appreciation Of The Hills


Next course: 24th & 25th Sept 2022
8th & 9th Oct 2022
Duration: 2 Days
Max group size:12 participants
Additional costs: None


  • Learn how to look after yourself in the mountains
  • Map and basic compass skills
  • Mountain Hazards
  • Access & responsible mountain use
  • Leave No Trace
  • Equipment

What`s included

  • Expert tuition
  • Training room
  • Direct access to the mountains
  • Parking
  • Tea & Coffee
  • Use of maps and compasses

Appreciation of the hills

Welcome to the Louth Leader Partnership Appreciation Of The Hills course. This free course is run over two days in the Cooley Mountains. The course covers a wide range of topics from mountain access, navigation and mountain safety.

Course is now full- to add your name to the waiting list please scroll to the booking form at the bottom of this page. Completing the form does not guarantee a place.

This exciting and informative course is provided by – experts in adventure since 1999. As with all our mountain courses we take a practical hands-on approach to learning. It’s necessary to include some tabletop elements in the course but we’ve found that the best learning location is found in the outdoors. This combined with highly knowledgeable instructors who not only have a passion for the mountains but also love to teach and share their experiences results in a unique learning experience for participants.

Participants are always encouraged to share their experiences and methods with the group. Even we, as trainers, have come home from courses like this having learned something new from participants that we can then share with others.


Day 1

  • 10am – meet
  • 10:30am – Indoor presentation on the environment, our impact on it as walkers and how we can lessen our impact
  • 11:00am – mountain hazards and how to stay safe in the hills
  • Lunch
  • 1:00pm – continuation of skills session
  • 3:30pm – course debrief and evaluation by participants
  • 4:00pm – course finish.

Day 2

  • 11am – meet and greet, course outline
  • 11:30am – indoor session covering basics of map reading
  • 1:00pm- outdoor session covering practical skills of map reading
  • Lunch
  • 3:00pm- environmental walk & talk regarding sheep habitat and conflict with dogs
  • 3:00pm- continuation of skills session
  • 6:00pm- finish

The venue for this course is Mullaghbouy Centre, Castlecooley.

Navigation SKills

What you’ll need to bring:

  • Full rainwear
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Hat & gloves
  • Extra fleece
  • Good boots
  • Basic first aid kit: blister pads, roller bandage, pain killers, plasters
  • We can lend you a compass for the course but you can also buy them in store.

Expert tuition

Our instructors are highly qualified and have many years of experience on the mountains at home and abroad.

Course FAQs

How many days is the experience?

Each element is 2 days, we ask that you only register your interest if you can commit to the two days

Do participants need experience?

No, experience is necessary

How many participants will there be?

We have space for 12 but work on a ratio of 1:6.

Do I have to pay for this course?

No, this course is fully funded by Louth Leader Partnership

What kit do participants need?

We’ll provide a full kit list in advance. But your usual hill walking kit is required.

Are under 18s allowed to join?

Unfortunately, no. This course is strictly for adults only.

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