Guided Mountain Days & Big Adventures

I put on a number of planned guided trips throughout the year which are open to anyone:


Day Walks - Mountain Challenge Days - Munro Bagging (single days through to wilderness treks) - Special Events (Dark Skies Festivals & Educational Days Out)


These are also social in that you can meet people with similar interests, start new friendships and explore more.

Have a look below at what takes your interest!

Some events such as outdoor to climbing tend to be publicised on our Facebook page at short notice (as climbing is so weather dependent). So do follow our page.


Guided Mountain Days & Big Adventures

Challenge yourself. See Britain as you've never seen it before.

Whatever the weather is doing, heading up to the highest mountains in Britain can be exhilarating, rewarding, mindful and profound experiences. Escaping the normal hustle and bustle of normal life for a day or more.

Whether it's a first venture into the higher mountains, your first wilderness camping excursion, to come and bag some Munros or Wainwrights, or meet new people, we have numerous open events each year that cover everything from single hill day walks, a weekend of separate walks in an area through to multi-day wilderness wildcamping treks. We love the natural world and the rewarding experiences it can bring. We also put on and support special events - including supporting the Dark Skies Festival, mindfulness night walks and educational days looking at mountain flora and fauna


Some events we announce at really short notice on the AFS Mountaineering Facebook Page when we get a weather window so do "like" the page to get updates!


But I have a number of planned events that are open (not private bespoke events) and these are shown below. If you have a bespoke request for a guide, please see the Adventures for You page.  These events are there for you to come along and experience something new.

I deal with the route planning and guiding, leaving you to enjoy the day, take photographs, have a new adventure and chat to folk!

I grade the walks and trips with a grading system of 1-5 (where 1 is a straight forward beginners day on good tracks and 5 are long and strenuous mountain days).


Level 1 - Short Easy Hill Walks

These are either quite short routes and/or follow good paths and tracks on approach, ascent and descent. There may be short steeper sections but on a path. Moderate level of fitness is required.


Level 2 - Longer Easy Hill Walks

Approach on tracks or good paths. May include grassy ascents and descents. Decent level of fitness with a moderate level of stamina required for the day.


Level 3 - Moderate Mountain Day

Approaches and terrain not necessarily on paths. Some steep ascents or descents. May include occasional boulderfields or scree and some ridge walking. You will want to have undertaken some previous walks in the mountains (e.g. Ben Nevis Tourist Track, Snowdon Llanberis track, Scafell Pike from Wasdale)


Level 4 - Challengin & Long Mountain Day(s)

Long approaches which may be over rough terrain. Several steep ascents or descents. Some rough terrain (boulderfields, scree, bogs or deep heather). Possible and occasional easy ungraded rock-scrambling which will be highlighted in the event description. You will need to be a fairly regular hill walker in different weather conditions and have a good level of fitness and stamina. Taster wilderness trips fall into this category.


Level 5 - Challenging & Long Wilderness Mountain Day(s)

These will be similar to a red Level 4 event except that we will be wilderness backpacking for several successive days (therefore carrying our camping kit and food for several days). The additional weight and bulk can add to the difficulty on even quite easy terrain. You will need to be a regular hill walker in different weather conditions and have a good level of fitness and stamina.


The upcoming published events are shown below. These are regularly updated. Please click on each to find out more about a particular event and book. Any questions please just get in touch. To find out about courses please see the main Skills Courses page in the top menu.

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Autumn 2021

(October - December)

Autumn can be a magical time of year, a feast of colours - with the trees as well we the golden sunsets. It is a time of harvest and mists, sunshine and storms. We have a number of evening and sunset walks to enjoy what the season has and we're working with Adventures for the Soul to introduce mindfulness elements into the evening. So no matter how stressful 2020 has been so far, and is likely to continue to be - take some time out to be at one with nature and find some peace.

Geminids Dark Skies December 2019


Dark Skies & Mindfulness

In collaboration with Adventures for the Soul

Level 1 walk - Short easy hill walk

Adventures for the Soul and AFS Mountaineering put on a range of night walks on the North York Moors. These are very much based around mindfulness and at times Yoga. For a full range of dates, please see the Adventures for the Soul website or click here.


For more information and to book:


Keswick from Skiddaw, 31st December 2019


New Year's Eve on a Mountain!

21:00 Friday 31st December 2021 - 02:00 Saturday 1st January 2022

Level 2 walk - Longer easy hill walk

Normal life has completely disappeared in 2020. Doing things we took for granted is a thing of the past. So do something different for New Year! Come out and celebrate the start of (hopefully) a better 2021 from the summit of Skiddaw near Keswick in the Lake District! This mountain stands at 3,050ft but we start high up making the ascent far easier! There will be two guides as well as something sparkly to drink when the clocks strike! This is suitable for family groups. For more information and to book, please click here



Winter 2022

(January - March)

During Winter 2022 (January - March) I will mainly be around Aviemore, Glencoe and Fort William running winter skills courses. However it is likely that I'll put on some guided day walks around some of the Munros in the area. This will be entirely weather dependent and will be announced on our Facebook page. I'm also involved with the North York Moors National Park Dark Skies Festival! The planned events are below:

Views from Lovely Seat over the Yorkshire 3 Peaks, 2nd January 2017


Great Shunner Fell, Yorkshire Dales

Sunday 2nd January 2022

Level 2 walk - Longer easy hill walk

Great Shunner Fell lies at the head of the famous Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales. It is a magnificent hill which gives commanding views down the dale and around the whole area on a clear day. There is a good path up to the summit which gently climbs up to the summit from Hardraw near Hawes. From here we have the option to head off piste down to Buttertubs pass and up the neighbouring summit of Lovely Seat which gives even more impressive views down to the famous Yorkshire Three Peaks despite its slightly shorter stature.


For more information and to book:


Ingleborough Summit, January 2017


Yorkshire Three Peaks in Winter

Saturday 29th January 2022

Level 4 walk - Challenging and Long Mountain Day

We're going to take in these three magnificent hills in winter. We may even get some spectacular sunrises/sunsets (weather dependent). Heading out to the hills in winter can be hard work but incredibly rewarding. It can be a truly wild experience!

For more information and to book:


Beinn a'Ghlo in January 2017


Beinn a'Ghlo & the Blair Atholl Munros

Tuesday 8th - Thursday 10th March 2022

Level 4 walk - Challenging and Long Mountain Days

Beinn a'Ghlo is a huge mound boasting 3 Munros. Beinn Dearg and Carn a' Chlamain are two remote Munros that are accessible, but requires long days out in winter. These impressive mountains are big days out but hugely rewarding experiences.

For more information and to book:


East ridge of Carn Mor Mheadonaich in the Nevis range, January 2019


Ben Nevis in Winter
Saturday 11th or Sunday 12th March 2022

Level 3 walk - Moderate Mountain Days

Attempting Ben Nevis in winter is a major but rewarding challenge. It is one of the few places in Britain that can keep snow all year round and one of the first to get snow in Autumn. Winds can blow at hurricane strength at the top and white out blizzards are common. There is no guarantee that we will make it to the summit. But we will have an incredible winter day in the mountains regardless of how far we get! 

For more information and to book:


Glenshee, March 2006


The Glenshee Munros

Tuesday 15th - Thursday 17th March 2022

Level 3 walk - Moderate Mountain Days

The Glenshee Munros are arguably straight forward. The large eastern plateau offers 6 Munros in a day in summer whereas to the west lies the Cairnwell three. Behind these are some slightly remoter and more challenging hills though compared to their more northern cousins on the higher main Cairngorms Plateau, they are relatively straight forward. These can be great late winter days out. The ski centre detritus litters these hills in summer making three of them at least rather grim and sad places. Once past the ski areas they offer fabulous days walking.

For more information and to book:



Spring 2022

(April - June)

During Spring 2022 (April - June) I will mainly be around the Highlands of Scotland on the Munros! Early spring can be positively alpine. Warm in the glens, sunny clear blue skies and crisp snow-capped mountains. The planned events are below:

The Glen Lyon & Schiehallion Munros

Wednesday 6th - Thursday 7th April 2022

Level 3 walk - Moderate Mountain Days

The circuit of the four Glen Lyon Munros is a very satisfying day out - Carn Gorm, Meall Garbh, Carn Mairg and Creag Mhor. There is a good track to begin with and a mountain path around aided by old fence posts that are useful in poor visibility. These four Munros on the north side of Glen Lyon lie on a mostly broad and undulating ridge. Schiehallion is a historic Munro used for some very early scientific experiments and the first to introduce contours onto a map!


En route up Stob Binnein, October 2019


The Crianlarich Munros

Saturday 9th - Monday 11th April 2022

Level 3 walk - Moderate Mountain Days

The Crianlarichs are epic. They are the first mountains over 1100m in Britain when travelling up from southern Scotland, England or Wales. There are 7 of them which we'll attempt over 3 days. This is a whole mountain range! And it's stunning. They can be done in a single huge day but we'll be ticking them off over 3 days.

Cairngorms, August 2020


Cairngorms 4000s Wilderness Trek

Saturday 23rd - Sunday 24th April 2022

Level 4 walks - Challenging & long mountain days

There are 5 Munros over 4,000ft in the Cairngorms (the only other 4,000+ft mountains in Britain are over with Ben Nevis). The Cairngorms are huge rounded lumps with deep glens. We'll take in all 5 of these giant Munros (plus a few other Munros en route) over two days with a wildcamp half way round. Experience the wilderness like never before! If you're new to wildcamping this could be perfect for you.


Fisherfields, May 2008


Fisherfield Wilderness Munro Trek

Saturday 14th - Monday 16th May 2022

Level 5 walks - Challenging & long wilderness mountain days

Perhaps the last wilderness left in Britain and arguably the remotest Munros. These can be done individually over several extremely long days. Or you can head into this magnificent area and wildcamp. This enables you to explore this stunning area - home to some of the best views in Britain. Perhaps given the effort it takes to get there!



Guided Trips & Special Events - Frequently asked questions

Is this suitable for me?

It depends on what you are after in terms of an experience and how much walking experience you have! I will always try and accommodate everyone but if unsure please drop me an email. The walks are graded on a 1-5 scale and you can find out more about this in the General FAQs or at the top of this page

What do I need to bring?

You can see the recommended kit list here. I can provide spares and other bits of equipment so long as you let me know in advance! I'll do my best to bring stuff along. Don't go and spend a fortune on gear - I can talk about what's good and what might work for you when we meet - especially on beginner days.

Where do we meet?

Please click on the individual event to find out about the meeting time and place. Due to conditions underfoot I may have to alter the start point (this can especially be true in the Fisherfield trip!). If that's the case I'll send an email to anyone booked to come on the trip.

I'm coming from further afield, where can I stay nearby?

This is up to you depending on your budget. I can make recommendations nearby should you be unsure. Simply send me an email

What's not included?

Accommodation (if applicable), Food, Personal Insurance, Personal equipment, Transport

How much is the event and how do I book?

The events are priced individually based on how complex they are and where they are. To book please see the individual event pages and ensure you have read the Terms and Conditions and the recommended gear list for the particular activity/season.

I can't make the dates you are offering but I want to do the trip

That's no problem - Just get in touch with me and I'll see what dates you are free and whether I am too. Please also see the Adventures for You page. I tend to run the popular events each year.

What are the Terms & Conditions?

Please see the Terms and Conditions section by clicking the link. You can also see the Disclaimer and Privacy Policy.

I've got some more general questions...

Please see the General FAQ section by clicking the link here. If you've still got questions then please get in touch!


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