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HEAD OUT ON YOUR
NEXT HIKING ADVENTURE

GUIDED MOUNTAIN ADVENTURES BY COLIN

WELCOME TO MOORS to MOUNTAINS.

Thank you for visiting Moors to Mountains – a resource designed to help you get the most out of any outdoor experience, whether it be an adventurous ridge walk or finding some respite in the natural world.

Hello, it's Colin here. Since 2011, I have been organising and leading walks and expeditions across the UK. As a qualified Mountain Leader, my aim is to provide a means for you to enjoy the experiences that the great outdoors has to offer in a fun, safe and responsible manner.

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UPCOMING GUIDED WALKS.

Come along and get involved with Moors to Mountains on a private guided walk.

Here is a list of exciting outings that you can book on to. Please view the galleries for an idea of what to expect visually and click "Buy Tickets" to read a description of each walk or book spaces.

JULY 2024

  • Scafell Pike.
    Scafell Pike.
    Sat, 20 Jul
    Seathwaite Farm Car Park
    20 Jul 2024, 10:00 – 18:00
    Seathwaite Farm Car Park, Keswick CA12 5XJ, UK
    20 Jul 2024, 10:00 – 18:00
    Seathwaite Farm Car Park, Keswick CA12 5XJ, UK
    A scenic guided walk up England's highest peak via Grains Gill and Sty Head Pass.
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  • Helvellyn from Swirls Car Park. FULLY BOOKED.
    Helvellyn from Swirls Car Park. FULLY BOOKED.
    Sun, 21 Jul
    Swirls Car Park
    21 Jul 2024, 10:00 – 17:00
    Swirls Car Park, Swirls Car Park, Keswick CA12 4TW, UK
    21 Jul 2024, 10:00 – 17:00
    Swirls Car Park, Swirls Car Park, Keswick CA12 4TW, UK
    England's second highest mountain via an "easier" route.
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  • Blencathra and Bannerdale Crags.
    Blencathra and Bannerdale Crags.
    Sat, 27 Jul
    The White Horse
    27 Jul 2024, 10:00 – 17:00
    The White Horse, Threlkeld, Keswick CA12 4SY, UK
    27 Jul 2024, 10:00 – 17:00
    The White Horse, Threlkeld, Keswick CA12 4SY, UK
    An exciting guided walk over "The Saddleback" and onto a neighbouring Wainwright summit.
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  • Helvellyn from Swirls Car Park (2nd option)
    Helvellyn from Swirls Car Park (2nd option)
    Sun, 28 Jul
    Swirls Car Park
    28 Jul 2024, 10:00 – 17:00
    Swirls Car Park, Swirls Car Park, Keswick CA12 4TW, UK
    28 Jul 2024, 10:00 – 17:00
    Swirls Car Park, Swirls Car Park, Keswick CA12 4TW, UK
    England's second highest mountain via an "easier" route.
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AUGUST 2024

  • Kinder Scout
    Kinder Scout
    Sat, 03 Aug
    High Peak
    03 Aug 2024, 10:00 – 17:00
    High Peak, 165 Kinder Rd, High Peak SK22 2LJ, UK
    03 Aug 2024, 10:00 – 17:00
    High Peak, 165 Kinder Rd, High Peak SK22 2LJ, UK
    A classic circular route via William Clough, Kinder Downfall and Oaken Clough
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  • The Langdale Pikes
    The Langdale Pikes
    Sat, 10 Aug
    Great Langdale
    10 Aug 2024, 10:00 – 17:00
    Great Langdale, Sticklebarn Tavern, Great Langdale, Ambleside LA22 9JU, UK
    10 Aug 2024, 10:00 – 17:00
    Great Langdale, Sticklebarn Tavern, Great Langdale, Ambleside LA22 9JU, UK
    Tick off four Wainwright summits high above the Great Langdale valley.
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  • Rydal Caves and Grasmere.
    Rydal Caves and Grasmere.
    Sun, 11 Aug
    Rydal
    11 Aug 2024, 10:00 – 17:00
    Rydal, Rydal, Ambleside LA22 9LR, UK
    11 Aug 2024, 10:00 – 17:00
    Rydal, Rydal, Ambleside LA22 9LR, UK
    A fairly easy but beautiful walk around two of the smaller lakes.
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  • Wilton Fest 8km - Longworth Clough and Delph Woodland
    Wilton Fest 8km - Longworth Clough and Delph Woodland
    Sat, 31 Aug
    Wilton Quarries
    31 Aug 2024, 10:30 – 13:30
    Wilton Quarries, Scout Rd, Bolton, UK
    31 Aug 2024, 10:30 – 13:30
    Wilton Quarries, Scout Rd, Bolton, UK
    A shorter free community guided walk as part of the exciting Wilton Fest event.
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  • Wilton Fest 10km - Winter Hill and Longworth Clough
    Wilton Fest 10km - Winter Hill and Longworth Clough
    Sat, 31 Aug
    Wilton Quarries
    31 Aug 2024, 14:30 – 18:00
    Wilton Quarries, Scout Rd, Bolton, UK
    31 Aug 2024, 14:30 – 18:00
    Wilton Quarries, Scout Rd, Bolton, UK
    A slightly longer free community guided walk as part of the Wilton Fest event.
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GUIDED WALKS AVAILABLE FOR INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS.

My skills, experience and knowledge allow for exciting adventures across the mountains and hills of northern England, Wales and Scotland. Many of us spend time dreaming of scrambling up on a ridge, scaling a summit or just enjoying a serene view from a hillside wild camp. These are the areas of hill walking that I personally enjoy the most and it is my absolute pleasure to be able to share such moments with others.

Getting out and about is not always perceived to be easy for some individuals. I am happy to advise on suitable routes and organise a day out to suit your needs and abilities. This could include forest walks or lowland rambles, where there is usually an abundance of wildlife and natural or historical features to discuss and appreciate.

 

Please feel free to have a look through my website and send an enquiry over any time to discuss your requirements.

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TAILORED GUIDED WALKS FOR EVERY ADVENTURER.

Over the years that I have spent organising and guiding people up and over some of the most iconic hills and mountains the British Isles, many individuals have asked to tackle routes that present a sense of achievement upon completion. This might be making a traverse one of the famous Lake District ridges, such as Striding Edge or Sharp Edge, or perhaps climbing the highest mountain in Wales, Yr Wyddfa (also known as Snowdon), standing 1085m above sea level.

These sort of challenging routes are exactly what appealed to me when I was first cutting my teeth as a hill walker, and I still experience the same excitement and sense of adventure to this day when I take a wander along Striding Edge and up on to Helvellyn.

Managing groups across some mountainous terrain that may appear to be quite tricky or exposed has earned me a wealth of experience. I offer clients the peace of mind that they are in safe hands and with somebody who can make sound judgement on the varied terrain that we experience across British hills and mountains.

Wherever your inner sense of adventure is leading your gaze, it is my job to help you achieve that goal safely and responsibly. I prefer to keep my tailored walks to small group sizes to allow for me to offer my utmost attention and provide an informative experience along the way. Please fill out my contact form to enquire further.

 

MOORLAND MEANDERINGS.

Of course, not everybody is a thrill seeker. Just as much satisfaction can be absorbed for some by rambling across the rolling hills of the Yorkshire Dales, taking in the view an impressive Millstone Grit escarpment down in the Peak District, or simply exploring a new area of the Pennines.

I am dedicated to planning your perfect day out in the hills and, being based in the north est of England, I can offer you the opportunity to get out around some quieter, less trodden areas and bask in the beauty of the hills and moorland that we are so lucky to have around us.

ACCESSIBLE DAYS OUT
FOR EVERYBODY.

For those who find getting out and about in the great outdoors to be a daunting experience, let's break down those barriers.

The countryside, hills and mountain regions of the UK can be enjoyed by anybody and everybody. Even looking up at some impressive, gnarly peaks from a suitable vantage point down in the valley can captivate the imagination and fill one's heart with excitement. Relaxing forest walks where there may be an opportunity to spot birds, deer and other indigenous mammals, alongside assorted flora and fauna, can provide a very fulfilling day out for many.

I am passionate about helping others to get out, exercise and enjoy everything that the outdoors has to offer. Transport can be perceived to be a problem but, over the years, many of my walks and expeditions have been achieved by use of public transport.

If something is holding you back from reaching your outdoor ambitions, please do get in touch and I will do my utmost best to get you out and help you to have a rewarding experience.

UPCOMING GUIDED GROUP WALKS

Here is a selection of planned walking events that I have coming up in the near future. Please read the walk brief to decide whether it is for you. Group sizes and pricing will depend on the nature of the route, terrain and objective.

Adequate clothing and footwear will be required on all of my guided walks, please see my FAQ page for more information. Full details for each walk are available by clicking on the event.

Please feel free to fill in my contact form if you have any questions whatsoever.

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Heading out to the hills or mountains for an elongated period of time has to be the best way to immerse oneself in the natural beauty of the British Isles. Reaching a remote spot, far away from roads and civilisation, can evoke such feelings to cause even somebody who is new to hiking and wild camping to feel truly intrepid.


One of my greatest joys is taking others out to share such an experience, in a safe and responsible way. Whatever you'd like to take away from a multi-day hiking trip, my first and foremost responsibility is to design a route that will be entirely suitable and, more importantly, achievable for your own personal ability and aspirations.


I am very passionate to always ensure that wild camping is undertaken in an entirely responsible and environmentally sound a way. My intention is to pass on my practices and ethics to all clients who book a multi-day expedition with me in the hope of protecting the delicate and beautiful natural wilderness that the British Isles has to offer for future generations to enjoy.

YOUR NEXT VISIT
TO THE WILDERNESS.

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LONG DISTANCE TRAILS.

The challenge of completing one of the National Trail routes, such as the Cumbria Way or West Highland Way, can provide a momentous sense of achievement for many hikers.

The route planning stage has been done for us already on a recognised trail, but there are of course lots of factors to consider when undertaking such a walk. Accommodation, what meals to consider, baggage transfer and suitable length of daily stages are among the topics that I am frequently asked about. It is my job to not only guide you along any such trek, but to handle the responsibility of planning each stage and ensuring that everybody in the party is well prepared and equipped.

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WILD CAMPING EXPEDITIONS.

Many individuals and groups have contacted me to ask where they might start when it comes to embarking upon their first wild camping trip or “through hike”. Some of those who have sought my guidance and advice to have simply wanted to try one night out wild camping under the stars, but had no idea where to begin.I have been lucky enough to organise a great deal of multi-day trips in my years as an outdoor enthusiast, where longer routes have allowed time to be spent in areas of true wilderness that are simply not accessible via a regular day walk.

 

Such an expedition does not come without its challenges. There is a lot to think about logistically when planning a suitable route and choosing what equipment to pack, and of course having to carry a heavy pack over the course of a number of days requires certain levels of both fitness and stamina.

 

Aside from taking you on your first overnight adventure in the great outdoors, I am keen to pass on my skills, offer suggestions on suitable equipment and even provide certain items for you to use. As examples, this could involve a three day route that takes in glens and mountain passes across the wild country of Knoydart, visiting bothies along the way. Or, an idea popular with many walkers, a Wainwright “bagging” trip around the Lake District, wild camping at more isolated, “off grid” locations and ticking off multiple new summits.

Please feel free to fill out my contact form to discuss booking an expedition.

ABOUT
YOUR
GUIDE:

COLIN

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS THAT I OFFER.

Since 2011, I have been active in organising guided walks and wild camping expeditions across the UK. In that time, I have been lucky enough to spend time out on the hills and mountains, or on long distance trails, with many, many people of different backgrounds and abilities. This experience has enabled me to develop an extensive knowledge of particular outdoor areas, and a penchant for designing routes that are suitable for any individual or group.

To substantiate my experience, I am a qualified Mountain Leader. The award I hold is the SUMMER ML and so I am able to take you out in safe conditions, where snow and ice is not involved. If you are looking for winter walks that may involve graded winter scrambles or the use of crampons and axes, I'm afraid that I am not yet qualified to work in that area.

Of course, I also hold a specialist outdoor first aid certificate, awarded by Forest Routes Adventures – check out Nigel's website for information on the fantastic courses he operates. With this in mind, you can rest assured that I am fully equipped with a substantial first aid kit should there ever be need for it.

For further assurance, I am fully insured for all advertised activities and have a DBS certificate.

I am also a member of the British Mountaineering Council and the Mountain Training Association and stay active with walking groups in my local community, providing me with the means to be up-to-speed with current developments within the outdoor profession.

 

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AREAS WHERE I OPERATE.

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The Lake District tends to be my main stomping ground. Being fairly local and having completed the list of 214 Wainwright summits, my knowledge of the national park and surrounding area is incredibly extensive. I also regularly lead walks in around the West Pennine Moors, and the Dark Peak area where, along with the Lakes and Snowdonia, I have sound knowledge and have spent many years taking people across the hills and mountains.

While I have also spent a lot of time walking, wild camping and doing some guiding in Scotland, I am not in a logistical position right now to offer my services north of the border. Watch this space.

  • STURDY AND APPROPRIATE FOOTWEAR
    Waterproof two-season walking boots are usually my go-to, but some hikers prefer to wear Goretex trail shoes or similar. For summer scrambles, large clunky boots can sometimes hinder speed and agility. Also, specialist walking socks can make all the different to a comfortable day out on the hill. I personally always wear Bridgedale, who do a wide range of socks to suit all purposes.
  • A RUCKSACK THAT IS MATCHED TO THE DAY
    20 - 30 litre capacity is usually sufficient as a “day pack”, with room for food, water and spare items of clothing.
  • WATERPROOF COAT AND TROUSERS
    For any mountain walk, these items are absolutely necessary to have in your pack ready to deploy. On lower level or shorter walks, it is advisable to bring them along should the forecast deem appropriate.
  • COMFORTABLE WALKING CLOTHES
    Cotton garments are not always the best for hiking because they become saturated with rain or sweat, can harbour bacteria and also chafe. Merino wool or synthetic base layers are much better for walking at all times of year, with a suitable layering system to meet the weather conditions. A fleeced-lined jacket, soft shell coat or trousers are usually staple kit to wear or pack.
  • SPARE WARM LAYERS
    It's always a good idea to have some warm gloves, hat, a snood or “Buff” and, where possible, a warm insulated coat in the pack for lunch breaks or even just a cold snap.
  • FOOD AND DRINK
    Without a doubt, energy levels need to be maintained while partaking in any walk. Popular high-energy snacks like sandwiches, pies, sausage rolls, fruit, nuts, flapjacks and cake are handy to keep in your bag. In winter, perhaps a flask with a hot drink or soup can make a nice warming treat. An adequate volume of water should also be brought along to keep you hydrated, especially at the height of summer.
  • OTHER ITEMS
    Depending on the time of year, additional bits and pieces that I would advise to carry would include sunglasses, a cap, sun cream. As much as I like to see a keen navigator out on the hill, and fully encourage proper use of a map and compass, you do not need to worry about relying on these items and skills as it is my job to guide you. Nobody will ever be left to wander off and get lost or risk a dangerous situation.
  • WILD CAMPING
    To assess the most suitable equipment that will be required for any wild camping expedition, I prefer to have a discussion with clients individually. As I have found over the years, there is no “one size fits all” format for camping specifics. However, as a bare minimum guideline, you will need shelter (i.e.: an appropriate tent), cooking system, adequate sleeping gear, food, clean spare clothing, a head torch and toiletries. This is not a kit list and I am always happy to discuss what I personally carry for a wild camp at different times of the year.

EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS

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PRICING

The cost per person for advertised guided group walks will be advertised on each individual “event”. Pricing will depend on group size and the nature of the route, terrain and objective

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Get in Touch

Contact Colin

07535489950

 

Please text or WhatsApp and I will call you back at the earliest convenience.

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