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General information about Mountain-Trips courses

Course information

Courses generally start at 9.30am and run to 4.30pm although we often finish later at around 5pm.

The meeting place for the course will depend on the venue. Sandstone courses will either meet at Bowles rocks car park or Harrisons rock car park. Bowles is extremely easy to find as it is signposted from the A26 between Tunbridge Wells and Crowborough. Bowles is also a ski centre so the signpost has picture of a skier on it. Harrisons rocks is a bit harder to find as it is on a back road between Groombridge and Eridge Station. More details can be found here. Peak District courses normally meet at Stanage edge car park, directions for this can be found by clicking on the interactive map and finding the correct blue marker near Sheffield. North Wales courses will either meet at Pete's Eats or the Pinnacle Cafe in Capel Curig

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Booking conditions

To reserve your place on a course you will need to pay a non-returnable deposit as soon as possible, this must be paid 8 weeks in advance otherwise the course may not run. Full payment or the remainder of the course must be paid 2 weeks before the start of the course.

The fee will cover all instruction and equipment (please see below for more details) but I will not be able to provide food, accommodation or any insurance.

Equipment needed

Mountain-Trips will supply all technical safety equipment such as ropes, harnesses and helmets. You will need to bring your own waterproofs and suitable clothes for the expected weather conditions. All the venues can be cold at the start and end of the summer and it is better to have too much than too little. It is useful to bring a ruc sac for all the courses and these are essential for all the courses in North Wales. You will also need to supply your own walking boots for scrambling and hill walking courses. I can provide climbing shoes for all the courses but I will need to know your rough shoe size so I can bring the appropriate shoes with me.

Please click here for general kit lists.
Information about buying your equipment can be found here.
All equipment can be hired from Outdoor Hire.

Accommodation in North Wales

Llanberis Hotels + B+Bs.

There are a lot of accommodation options, but this town is not as set up for tourism as Betws-y-Coed. Hotelscombined is a independent website that has some information about Llanberis.

Anita's B+B is a friendly bed and breakfast and Bens bunk house is a new site just outside Llanberis. Pete's Eats is a classic simple café, where most of the local climbers hang and offers a variety of basic accommodation. The Snowdon House in Nant Peris has a basic bunkhouse (I would not recommend it), a campsite and a cottage to rent. There are two other campsites in Nant Peris - Cae Gwyn and Ty Isaf. The Llyn Gwynant campsite is good in a wonderful spot outside Llanberis at Llyn Gwynant. I often stay at Mountain Farm campsite in Llanberis as it allows fires and dogs, it is very basic but with amazing views.

Capel Curig Area

rock climbing and camping

Capel Curig is central to both the Llanberis and Ogwen Valleys and is therefore a good place to base yourself for easy access to most of Snowdonia. There are not a lot of amenities here, there is a single shop - Pinnacle Stores and a couple of outdoor shops

The town has a website that outlines all the accommodation options and attractions. The Dolgam campsite is just on the outskirts of Capel Curig, but all of the hotels and pubs are within 10 - 15 minutes walk. Lots of space and flat, but it will get busy on sunny summer weekends. The Gwern Gof Uchaf campsite is in a perfect spot and has good showers but only two outside toilets. There is also a good bunk house but this does not have any extra toilets. The very similarly named Gwern Isaf campsite also lies in the valley and is a little closer to Capel Curig, but Gwern Gof Uchaf tends to be a bit better.

Betws-y-Coed Area

Betws-y-Coed is the tourist centre for the whole of North Wales. Town website is very good and can provide you with lots of extra information. The town also has a link with main train line at Llandudno Junction on the coast.

There are a huge range of hotels, B and B's, cottages to rent and bunkhouses, the choice will depend on what you would prefer. I would recommend booking early as this is a very popular destination.

Swallow Falls campsite just above Betws-y-Coed is probably the most popular site - outside the village, but next to a pub and there is another campsite close the village centre called Riverisde Touring Park.

Accommodation in the Peak District

camping in the wye valley

Hathersage is the main centre for the Peak District but there are also many other local towns that have accommodation. I would recommend looking at for all the local options. I often use North Lees Campsite at Birly Lane, Hathersage, Derbyshire, S32 1BR (01433 650838). This campsite is extremely close to Stanage rocks but due to its popularity you will need to book a couple of weeks in advance.

Accommodation for Southern Sandstone course

As this area has many large towns nearby there is not a shortage of places to stay. Tunbridge Wells has a good website.
For camping I would recommend Forgewood campsite which is only 5 minutes drive from the rocks where my courses run.


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