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Hillwalking is the movement through and over hills and mountains without the planned use of a climbing rope or other climbing aids. It can take place within the UK or in any part of the world which has mountainous terrain. Outside the UK it is usually referred to as trekking, but the principles are the same and the necessary skills are similar.

Hillwalking can take place under summer or winter conditions or, if outside the UK, even under desert or jungle conditions. Obviously the equipment, skills and experience required vary accordingly. Because walking is an everyday activity which we all do, the skills and experience needed are sometimes under-estimated and it is prudent to start from the assumption that it is quite different from a walk in the local park or along a canal towpath. However, mastering the skills needed is not difficult or overly technical.

How to run/provide hillwalking

There are 3 ways of running Hillwalking in Scouting. These are:

  1. Scout-led activity - running hillwalking yourself or using someone else in Scouting

  2. Externally-led activity - running hillwalking using an external provider

  3. Activity for adult groups - running hillwalking for a group entirely of adults

Useful links

The National Governing Bodies for hillwalking are:

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