Back to Top


  • The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Expeditions.

    aapLupine Adventure Co-operative are an Approved Activity Provider for the expedition section of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award. We can work with groups that are already established (though a school or youth group) and with individuals who we bring together to form a group (an open expedition).  

    Please select one of the two options below for further information.


    Schools and Youth Groups
    (Expeditions for Established Groups)


    Open Expeditions
    (Expeditions for individuals)


     DofE group




    Why Lupine Adventure?

    Lupine Adventure Co-operative is a not-for-profit, social enterprise made up of qualified Mountain Leaders and Youth Workers. We are an approved activity provider for the DofE expedition section.We are able to run the whole expedition part of the DofE or simply help with the bits you need help with. We have a pool of equipment that can be used by the participants and can even help the young people or your organisation apply for the funding to pay for it if your budget does not stretch.



  • Click on the link below to be taken to our specialist Hill and Mountain Skills website or read on for an overview of the courses.

    Hill Skills and Mountain Skills 

    Mountain-Skills-029Mountain Training (the National Governing Body of mountain leadership and instructing in the UK) administer and quality control 2 courses called Hill Skills and Mountain Skills. These courses are 'personal proficiency' courses, designed to equip participants with the skills needed to pursue their own hill and mountain walking. 

    Lupine Adventure Co-op has delivered these courses since their launch in 2014. In this time we have run 10 Hill Skills and 14 Mountain Skills courses, and trained a total of 118 candidates.


    Mountain Skills

    The Mountain Skills course is an ideal choice for walkers interested in applying their countryside walking skills to the mountain environment. Ideally, participants would have done some basic hill walking previously and have a reasonable level of fitness. The syllabus covers map and compass work, mountain weather forecasting, movement through steep ground, planning and preparation, emergency procedures, seasonal effects and the mountain environment. The course is run over 2 days in the main high mountain areas of the UK and Ireland. The minimum age for participants is 14 and there is no need to have extensive mountain walking experience. This course could be ideal to some as a precursor to taking the Mountain Leader Award.

    Mountain Skills Dates

    Course Location Price Updates Closing date for bookings
    25-26 May 2019 Mountain Skills Ambleside, Lake District

    £50 + Mountain Training registration fee of £20 (18 years and over, FREE for 12-17 year olds).

    We have had 3 bookings on this course and it is definitely running.

    Your course tutor Joanna Chitty has extensive natural history and field studies teaching experience. A qualified Mountain Leader since 2016 she is enthusiastic about encouraging people to explore the mountains of Great Britain.

    Book yourself a place on this course for a special price of £50 per person.

    16 May

    17-18 August 2019

    Mountain Skills Ambleside, Lake District

    £99 + Mountain Training registration fee of £20 (18 years and over, FREE for 12-17 year olds).

    We have 1 booking on this course and it will definitely run when we get another booking. Thinking about booking? Just do it!

    Your course tutor Clive Nutton has over 20 years experience as a mountaineer and outdoor educationalist. A keen naturalist he will regale you with stories and information about the natural world. 31 July.

    We are also able to run Mountain skills courses for groups on dates to suit you. Please contact us for a quote.

    Book Now

    Hill Skills

    Mountain-Skills-038The Hill Skills course is aimed at the beginner hill walker. The syllabus covers the planning of walks, the use of a map, the equipment required, the effects of weather, how to deal with emergencies and gain a valuable understanding of the upland environment. This course takes place in countryside and moorland areas where the skills will be transferable to many popular walking areas of the UK and Ireland. Again the course is 2 days long and is open to anyone over the age of 14.


    Hill Skills Dates

    Course Location Price Update Closing date for bookings
    6-7 April 2019 Hill Skills Langsett, Peak District

    £99 + Mountain Training registration fee of £20

    (18 years and over FREE for 12-17 year olds).

    Limited places - this course will definitly run

    This course is being run in conjunction with Ian Winterburn from Everything Outdoors. Ian is an accomplished fell runner and member of his local Mountain Rescue team. This course is suited walkers as well as fell, trail and road runners.

    To book on this course please call Ian on 07733 266595.

     This course ran successfully with 4 candidates.
    11-12 May 2019 Hill Skills for runners Langsett, Peak District  

    £99 + Mountain Training registration fee of £20

    (18 years and over FREE for 12-17 year olds).

    We run this course with a minimum of two participants.


    This course is being run in conjunction with Ian Winterburn from Everything Outdoors. Ian is an accomplished fell runner and member of his local Mountain Rescue team. This course is suited to fell, trail and road runners who want to improve their navigation and general hill skills. If you would like a more walking focussed course please look at our courses in May, June and August.

    To book on this course please call Ian on 07733 266595.
     This course was postponed. Keep your eyes open for future courses aimed at runners.
    22-23 June 2019 Hill Skills

    Edale, Peak District

    £99 + Mountain Training registration fee of £20 (18 years and over, FREE for 12-17 year olds). Your course tutor Joanna Chitty has extensive natural history and field studies teaching experience. A qualified Mountain Leader since 2016 she is enthusiastic about encouraging people to explore the mountains of Great Britain. 12 June

    As well as the date above we are able to run Hill Skills courses for groups on dates to suit you, Please contact us for a quote.

    Before attending these courses you will need to register with Mountain Training  (£20 for those 18 years old and over, 12-17 year olds FREE).

    More information is available from our Hill and Mountain Skills web site.

  • sheepThe Lowland Leader award is a Mountain Training Association qualification which has been designed for people who wish to lead groups on day walks in lowland countryside and woodland in summer conditions. The majority of the UK and Ireland is made up of this type of terrain so this award is ideal for teachers, youth group volunteers and walking club leaders in the vast majority of the country.

    The Lowland Leader Award is a two day training course followed by a 2 day assessment and will qualify you in the eyes of most organisations for taking groups out in Lowland countryside in the UK. There is a bolt on 'Expedition skills module' to be completed after you are qualified which some organisations may require you to do if you are in charge of taking DofE groups out.

    If Lupine Adventure run your expeditions then we will give you £150 off per day for each of your staff who have completed their Lowland Leader training and can therefore look after a group in Lowland Leader terrain under our direction. We can staff your expeditions with a maximum of half your trained staff and half our qualified staff.

    We understand that you may wish to discuss if the Lowland Leader is the appropriate qualification for you or your organisation and we welcome such enquiries.  If you do wish to discuss the Lowland Leader pathway, seek further information or explore the possibility of booking a bespoke course please contact us.


     malham tarn

    The pathway to becoming a Lowland Leader


    This is completed via the Mountain Training Website, you have to create an account on their Candidate Management System (if you don't have one already).

    You then register for the Lowland Leader scheme which will cost £44


    Before attending training you have to have logged 10 varied walks in lowland terrain where the use of a map was required. These could have been completed before you registered for the award. You then attend a 2 day training course.

    Consolidation period

    You then have to spend a bit of time putting what you have learnt on the training into practice.


    Before you attend assessment you have to have completed 20 walks in lowland countryside in different types or terrain (woodland, costal, farmland etc). You then attend a 2 day Assessment.


    Expedition Skills module

    If, after you have passed your Lowland Leader Award, you decide to you can opt to do the Expedition Skills Module. This Module takes one weekend to complete and is combined training and assessment in the one weekend.

    When you register for either the Lowland Leader or Hill and Moorland Leader scheme you'll automatically be registered for the Expedition Skills Module.

    The prerequisites for the Expedition Skills Module are as follows:

    • You must check that you are registered for the module on the Candidate Management System (CMS)
    • You must have passed a walking leader assessment (Lowland, Hill and Moorland or Mountain)
    • You must have logged an absolute minimum of 10 overnight camps; ideally in a variety of contexts
    • You must have assissted with at least two group camps (these can be included in your 10 personal camps)
    • You must have a valid 16 hour first aid certificate, relevant to your work as a walking leader

    The Lowland Leader Syllabus

    Lowland Leaders should be competent in the following key areas, all of which will be covered during your two day training course.

    • Leadership Skills and Group Management
    • Walking Skills
    • Planning a Walk
    • Basic Mapwork and Route Finding Skills
    • Equipment
    • Hazards and Emergency Procedures
    • Environmental Awareness, Conservation, Access and Land Ownership



  • Outdoor Activities in Yorkshire

    Families - Groups - Individuals

    Walking Challenges - Rock Climbing - Guided Walks - Skills Courses

    The Yorkshire Dales is Lupine’s local playground for all manner of outdoor activities with many of our staff truly “Yorkshire born and bred” having an intimate knowledge, and obsessive love for, this exquisite area. Some might say it’s “God’s Own Country”, and who dare contradict them?

    The area offers beauty and challenge in divine proportion…

    Walking Challenge Events – More than “just” the 3 Peaks

    For those wishing to raise money for charity or just push themselves among beautiful surroundings, Lupine can support a range of walking challenge events.

    • The Yorkshire 3 Peaks
      The Dales is home to the iconic 24 mile circuit of Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. The aim is to complete the walk in under 12 hours. More details can be found here
      Lupine supports the Friends of the Three Peaks to protect and enhance this inspirational landscape.
    • Alternative Challenges
      For those keen to avoid the crowds, there’s the alternative, 22 mile, Wharfedale 3 Peaks Challenge of Birks Fell, Buckden Pike and Great Whernside centred on Kettlewell. We’ve also developed our own, 23 mile, Caves, Waterfalls, Tarns and Mines circuit using picturesque and vibrant Settle as a start point and base for your celebrations.
      Please speak to us about bespoke ideas for your own Yorkshire Dales challenges.
    • For Children
      For children, Pen-y-Ghent or Malham Landscape Trail (perhaps with an ascent of Gordale Scar) and sections of the Dales Way make good sponsored walk routes. Contact us with your fund-raising plans. Walks can be developed in order to explore elements of the school curriculum or meet personal development objectives. If you’re a Bradford School, talk to us about the Bradford Opportunity Area scheme.

    panorama cropped

    Rock Climbing - God’s Own Grit and Classic Limestone

    almscliffeLupine provide a range of rock climbing activities using skilled and qualified instructors with great knowledge of Yorkshire Dales climbing venues, indoors and out. These include –

    Experiences and Skills Development

    • Climbing Experience – tasters for beginners, including individuals, groups of all sorts and children
    • Skills for Independent Climbing – the skills to “top rope” single pitch climbs
    • Skills for Lead Climbing – learn or develop lead climbing skills, placing runners
    • Skills for Multi Pitch Climbing – longer routes, managing stances
    • Movement Skills – coaching climbing efficiency, improving performance, bouldering


    Guided Climbing

    • Guided Experiences on Yorkshire’s iconic crags. To whet your appetite…
    •  Classic Almscliffe – guided climbing on the North West Face (VD-HVS)
    •  Pen-y-Ghent The Hard Way – guided climbing on the Summit Crags (S-VS)
    •  Simon’s Seat The Hard Way – guided climbing on the North Face (S-VS)
    •  Malham Cove The Hard Way – guided climbing on the Left Wing (VS-HVS)
    •  Brimham Rocks Safari – guided climbing among natural rock sculptures (VD-HVS)


    For Schools

    • Support for GCSE PE rock climbing and other work with schools. If you’re a Bradford School, talk to us about the Bradford Opportunity Area scheme.

    Speak to us about your Yorkshire rock climbing plans.

    Guided Walks

    Manchester Dogs at MalhamWith our wealth of local knowledge we can add value to your day or long distance walk.

    Day Walks

    • Explore the limestone landscapes around the southern Dales with our “Three Peaks Up and Under” walks. These follow Simon Oldfield’s itineraries, locating ancient settlements, potholes and other natural and cultural history curiosities, from his book, A three peaks up and under.
    • Let us guide you on Malham’s Landscape Trail. Ideal for groups preparing to study Geography or geology GCSE – limestone landscapes, faulting and glacial processes. Or anyone else interested in this unique and spectacular place.
    • Themed Walks – talk to us about spotholing and wild cave walks, geocaching, wildflower and heritage walks…


    Long Distance Walks

    The Yorkshire Dales has some fantastic long distance walking routes

    • 100 - 270 miles: Pennine Way, Coast to Coast, Wainwright’s A Pennine Journey
    • 80 - 100 miles: Lady Anne's Way, Dales High Way, Dales Way
    • 50 - 75 miles: Herriot Way, Ribble Way, Dales Inn Way, Nidderdale Way

    We can guide sections of these walks, taking care of the navigation and other logistics, leaving you free to enjoy the journey.

    Navigation Courses and Hill Skills

    Our navigation courses and Mountain Training Hill Skills coursescan all be run in the Yorkshire Dales for your local convenience or to enjoy these special landscapes.


  • climbing guided 3We offer a range of outdoor and indoor climbing courses to suit all comers:

    Climbing Experience sessions. If you have a group that you want to be taken climbing (school group, youth group, family etc.) then this is for you.

    Those wanting to learn or develop the skills needed for independent outdoor climbing will find the course for them from our range of ‘skills’ courses.


    Guided experience. For individuals or pairs wanting the full adventure climbing experience. This can include climbing classic routes in the mountains or on sea cliffs.

    In addition we offer bespoke courses so if you want something that you don’t see here, please ask. If you want advice about where you’re at with your climbing and how to take it forward then call or email us and we’ll be happy to discuss it.


    We run most of our outdoor climbing courses in Yorkshire, the Peak District, North Wales and the Lake District. If you have a different location in mind then let us know as we are often happy to run courses in other areas. 


    Climbing Experience

    Half or full day sessions climbing and/or abseiling at outdoor crags and shorter sessions (from 1 hour to 4 hours) on indoor climbing walls.

    Suitable for individuals as well as groups of all kinds; school and youth groups, stag/hen parties, work place groups, scouts, guides family and friends.

    Example Price: From £196 for a one day outdoor climbing for up to 8 people in Yorkshire or the Peak District (£140 for half day).

    Maximum Group Size: 14 people

    group climbing

    Skills for Independent Climbing

    This 2 day course is for people who want to learn to climb independently outdoors. It covers the skills needed to climb at single pitch crags using top ropes; skills which will open up a huge amount of quality climbing to you across the UK.  Top roping enables you to climb independently and is also a valuable building block for lead climbing. This course does not involve lead climbing.


    Example Price: From £329 for a 2 day course based in Ilkley.

    Maximum group size: 6 (from £55 per person)

    Previous experience required: Some outdoor climbing and/or climbing independently indoors.

    Syllabus includes:

    • Guide book use, grades and route selection
    • Anchor selection and assessment
    • Selection and use of appropriate equipment
    • Setting up safe top ropes
    • Belaying in the outdoor context
    • Movement skills for climbing on rock

    As with all our skills courses, the syllabus will be tailored to the needs of the individual so will vary from course to course.

    independent 1


    Skills for Lead Climbing 

    Learn the skills required to start leading climbs outdoors. This 2-day course is also suitable for those who are already leading outside but would benefit from some professional instruction to fine tune their skills. 

    Group size:  Up to 4 people.
    Price: From £422
    Experience required: Independent outdoor climbing and/or leading indoors.
    Syllabus includes:

    • Top rope systems including anchor selection and assessment
    • Belaying for the lead climber and the second in the outdoor environment
    • Equipment for lead climbing
    • Managing risks on-lead, including runner placement and selection
    • Guide book use, grades and route selection

    Please note that we do not guarantee that you will lead a route on this course. While this will be the aim it will depend upon the assessment of the instructor as to whether or not it is safe to do so. This assessment will take into account events on the day including the weather.

    In addition to this 2-day course we also offer 1 day and multi-day courses to provide a quicker introduction, a recap, or a more in-depth course. Please contact us to discuss a bespoke course.

    lead 1


    Skills for Multi-Pitch Climbing.

    Learn or develop the skills for multi-pitch climbing. Making the move from single pitch climbing to multi-pitch climbing offers new challenges and requires new skills. This course covers the skills you need to move into the multi-pitch environment, including, for those that are ready for it, multi-pitch leading. For those who already have multi-pitch climbing skills, this course can be tailored to develop those skills to a more advanced level. It is therefore suitable for 2 climbers at different stages in their skills and abilities. It can also be booked for a single climber.


    Often booked as a 2-day course, this is also available as a single day for those wanting a quicker introduction or to fine tune their existing skills, and as a multi-day course for those who have the time to go into extra depth.

    Price: from £195 per day

    multi 3



    Movement Skills

    Want to improve your grade, at bouldering, indoor wall climbing, or outdoor climbing? This is the course for you.
    Group size: Up to 6
    Price: From £102 per half day



    Guided Experience

    For anyone that wants to be taken multi pitch climbing, including on mountain crags and sea cliffs. This could be as an introduction to multi pitch climbing prior to going on a skills course, could be because there is a route you’ve always wanted to do, or could just be because you want the experience. Either way a day of guided climbing can make this happen. Like all our courses this is available as a gift.
    Suitable for 1 or 2 people.

    Price: From £195 per day.

     climbing guided 2

  • Charities – Corporate teams – Youth groups - Schools - Individuals  

    Whether your aim is to raise money for charity, a team-building exercise with a difference, or purely the satisfaction of completing one of these challenges, we can provide the event for you.

    As a not-for-profit social enterprise with an involvement in social and environmental issues, we are the natural choice for fundraisers. If you represent a charity or large group wishing to organise a sponsored event then please take a look at our Information for Charities and Large Groups page.

    In addition to mountain challenges we also run climbing, abseiling and mixed activity events. No challenge is too big or too small for us so if you don’t see what you want here then get in touch – we are happy to work with you to come up with the right event for you. 

  • 2018/2019 Winter skills courses & guided winter walking

    winter2014 013 photo


    Winter brings additional challenges to the mountain environment.  Snow, ice and extremes of weather can dramatically increase the danger for the winter mountaineer, but for those who wish to face these challenges when winter walking, the experience can be fantastic.


    Get together with friends and book one of our Winter Mountain Leaders to guide or train you or join an 'open' course on a set date.


    We have Winter Mountain Leaders available for bookings in the following areas throughout the winter.

    • Glen Coe / Fort William, Scotland
    • Aviemore / Caringorms, Scotland
    • Snowdonia, North Wales
    • The Lake District, Cumbria
    • The Yorkshire Dales, Yorkshire 

    To book a Winter Mountain Leader for a private winter skills course or for a guided winter walk it costs £150 + £25 per person per day for up to 6 people. Overnight expeditions will cost a bit more. If you want to set a location and date and then ask us to publicise your days walk on our 'winter email list' then just let us know. If you would like to join this list to be notified when we are going out over winter at short notice then you can do at the top of the page.



    Click here to Book Now


    Winter Skills long weekends.

    We run these courses over 3 days but if you can't stay for the Monday then just knock £85 off the price

    On the first two days of the course there is a heavy empahasis on learning the skills and the third day is where we put it all together on a day walk. The benefits of day 3 cannot be understated as this is where everything learnt on the previous two days consolidates.


    Dates Location Instructor Price per person
    19-21 January 2019 Glen Coe Andy £255
    2-4 February 2019 Glen Coe Andy £255




    The aim of this course is to train you in the skills needed to operate as a winter walker in the British Isles. You will learn how to use an ice axe, crampons and winter boots to their full as well a covering weather, snowpack, avalanche avoidance and route planning on a daily basis.No previous winter walking or winter mountaineering experience is necessary to attend this course.


    The course starts each morning interpreting weather and avalanche forecasts before setting out. On the hill the course moves from teaching the basics of using an ice axe and crampons to learning to arrest a slip or slide safely. Avalanche awareness and snowpack analysis is an underpinning theme throughout together with navigation and route choice.


    The exact syllabus will vary depending on weather conditions and what you are most keen to learn. 



    Areas we will cover

    • Weather and avalanche forecasts,
    • Kit and kit organisation,
    • Ice Axe / self arrest,
    • Movement skills with and without crampons,
    • Ice Axe use when walking,
    • Navigation,
    • Route choice,
    • Emergency shelter building,
    • Avalanche and snow pack analysis.


    Courses will run with qualified Winter Mountain Leaders with a maximum ratio of 1:6 so that you can gain the most from the experience.

    Courses will be run with a minimum of 2 participants.

      Click Here to Book Now



    Please take a look at the winter kit list. If you need to borrow anything then just ask and we will bring it along. We may not have suitable boots your size, if we don't then we can advise you on where you can hire them.