Winter Skills Day Course


22 January 2017

Exciting opportunity for you to sharpen up your winter skills; or treat a loved one to an unrivalled opportunity to learn from one of only 2 fell top assessor’s in England. Graham, a qualified Summer and Winter Mountain Leader, holds the Single Pitch Supervisor Award for rock climbing, and is a Full Member of the Mountain Training Association. He will show you how to enjoy the mountains safely in all conditions.

A unique opportunity to learn, have fun & enjoy a fantastic experience with one of the UK’s leading experts. For each event Graham will guide you on a different route on the mountain, chosen according to snow and weather conditions and the ability of the group members. He will teach you the basic skills of snowcraft you need for safe winter walking in the fells and mountains of the UK. The day promises to be strenuous, informative, challenging, but also a lot of fun. Book now.

About the course

A Lake District taster day for anyone who wants to learn the basics of how to use an ice axe and crampons for winter walking. Lake District Fell Top Assessor, Graham Uney, will guide you through the basic techniques required for safe winter walking in the fells.

*Start point: 08.30am in Glenridding
*Postcode: / grid ref: CA11 0PD / NY385169
* Price: £85 adults only
*Length: 10-15km
*Duration: 8-9 hours
*Total ascent: 900m
*Highest point: 950m
*Grade: Strenuous
*A good level of fitness is required.


We provide all the technical gear for the day, but you are expected to have your own personal clothing and equipment. You will need*:

  • Full waterproofs (including trousers and gaitors)
  • Warm layers including a spare fleece/down jacket
  • Woolly hat and gloves, ski goggles, head torch and spare batteries
  • Rucksack (at least 30L), and winter walking boots (must be rated B1 or B2 to take crampons)
  • Packed lunch including a hot drink and spare snacks
  • You will also need an ice axe and crampons (rated at least C1 – not ‘spikes’) - Graham Uney, your instructor, has a limited stock of ice axes and crampons for hire. These cost £10 for an axe and £10 for a pair of crampons per day. These must be booked in advance, so please email Graham if you want to hire these items  

*The instructor reserves the right to refuse to take anyone on the day who does not have the correct personal clothing and boots. No jeans please, and avoid cotton baselayers.

Your instructor

The courses are run by Graham Uney who will be your lead instructor each day. Graham is the Fell Top Assessor on Helvellyn for Lake District Weatherline, so he knows the winter conditions out on the fells as well as anyone.


Subject to snow conditions, we are taking bookings for 1-day courses on the following dates, all starting at 08:30am:

  • 7 January 2017
  • 8 January 2017
  • 21 January 2017
  • 22 January 2017
  • 4 February 2017
  • 5 February 2017
  • 18 February 2017
  • 19 February 2017
  • 4 March 2017
  • 5 March 2017
  • 18March 2017
  • 19 March 2017
  • 1 April 2017
  • 2 April 2017
  • 15 April 2017
  • 16 April 2017

Book today

There must be a minimum of 2 participants / maximum of 8 for the courses to run. All courses must be booked in advance.

Where there is insufficient snow to teach winter skills effectively on the day of a course, an alternative mountain navigation course will be offered on the day.

Book early to avoid disappointment. Book now.

Private party bookings can be accommodated on other dates. Please contact Graham Uney to discuss.  
If you would like further details about the course contact Graham Uney by email: or call: 07393 764172

Disclaimer: Winter hillwalking is a potentially hazardous activity. Although all reasonable steps are taken to ensure the safety of people participating in the events listed, individuals do so at their own risk. Your instructor reserves the right to refuse to guide anyone who does not have appropriate clothing and footwear.

Terms and conditions

The Winter Skills courses are subject to our terms and conditions. By proceeding with a booking and attending one of our events you agree that these will apply.

These courses are delivered by our Fell Top Assessor, Graham Uney, who is contracted to deliver these sessions on behalf of the Lake District National Park Authority. Booking is through Web Ticket Manager only.

The following terms and conditions also apply to these sessions.

*Although all reasonable steps have been taken to ensure the safety of people participating in our events, individuals do so at their own risk. Hill walking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.
*All participants must abide by instructions issued by the course leader, including health and safety instructions. Anyone failing to abide by these instructions may be asked to leave the event if, in the opinion of the leader, their actions could jeopardise anyone in the group.
*If anyone leaves an event before the finish, either by agreement or having been asked to, the leader's duty of care will cease at that point.
*We reserve the right to alter or cancel an event if it is not safe to proceed. This is most likely in the event of extreme weather conditions.
*We reserve the right to exclude participants if they are deemed by the leader not to be adequately prepared. Please check event details, which will state if suitable clothing is advised or required - particularly in relation to footwear and clothing. Please ensure you have enough food and drink for the type and duration of the activity.
*We reserve the right to refuse participation if it is considered a person's conduct puts either themselves or others in danger. We accept no responsibility for personal property that may be lost or damaged during the event.
Medical conditions
*The event leader needs to determine, as far as possible, that participants are physically and mentally fit for that particular event.
*By attending the event you accept that  the leader will ask you to declare, in confidence, any relevant medical information that may affect your performance.
Attendance on events
*Maximum numbers apply to all events for health and safety reasons and group enjoyment.
Accessibility requirements
*Individual events will indicate suitability for people with disabilities.

Terms and conditions and third parties
Where third parties are involved, additional terms and conditions may apply.

*Bookings are taken directly through our website or the Web Ticket Manager website.
*You will be issued with a booking reference which you will need to present to the leader on the day.

Booking guarantee
Your credit or debit card details will be requested to purchase your ticket(s). Your credit or debit card details will be requested to complete your purchase and a "print-at-home" ticket will be generated. Full payment, as itemised, shall be debited and your account statement will identify the transaction as "DataSpace / WebTicketManager".

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Cancellation policy

Cancellation by you
A full refund or transfer onto another suitable Winter Skills course in 2017 will be given up to 7 days before the event.

Cancellation by us
If we need to cancel the event we will offer you a full refund (if applicable) or with your consent, transfer your booking to another Winter Skills Course in 2017.

In the event of adverse weather conditions

Most events have alternative routes in the event of adverse weather. The leader will make a decision on the day as to whether the event will proceed or an alternative be offered. His decision is final.

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