Skills Courses

Whether you are interested in trying something for the first time, refreshing forgotten skills or honing your technique, Glaramara offers a wide range of skills courses to suit many needs. All courses at this level are run by extremely experienced and very highly qualified members of our team. All specialist and safety equipment is provided and issued to you from our well equipped store.


These courses are aimed at people who have some experience of caving and would like to further their knowledge and skills. They generally take place in the Yorkshire Dales or the Northern Pennines.

  • British Caving Association (BCA) Cave Leader Training and Assessment – for those who wish to lead and take responsibility for groups of novices in the underground environment.
  • SRT – Single Rope Technique – an introduction to techniques for exploring vertical cave systems – abseiling down the rope and climbing back up again.
  • Ladder and Lifeline – traditional techniques for vertical cave systems.
  • Guided trips into deep systems – eg. Alum Pot, Swinsto Hole, Jingling Pot, Bull Pot, Simpsons Pot.

Please contact us to discuss your specific requirements.

BCA Approved Provider
Association of Caving Instructors


Mountain Biking

Depending on your current skills and experience we are able to tailor a mountain biking adventure specifically for you.

Whether you want stress-free guided rides through the Lake District mountain trails, or to simply spend time breaking down the core skills to become a better rider, we can cater for your needs.

Our enthusiastic, experienced and qualified instructional team are on hand to maximise the benefit of the time you spend with us.

Please give us a call to start creating a mountain biking adventure package today.

mountain biking

Mountain Navigation Courses Lake District

This course is for those who venture out into the hills but are not confident in their navigation skills, particularly in poor weather or at night.

We build on your previous experience and cover:

  • Map orientation
  • Map scales and symbols
  • Grid references
  • Contour interpretation
  • Micro navigation strategies
  • Pacing and timing techniques
  • Use of the compass and waling on a compass bearing
  • Relocation

We offer National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) accreditation at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels if you require.

Please contact us with your specific requirements.

Mountain Scrambling

This course is for those with some hillwalking experience who would like to extend their knowledge onto steeper and rockier terrain. We consider your previous knowledge and experience when choosing a venue in order to make the most of what the local Lakeland fells have to offer.

Close to the centre we can take on Cam Crag Ridge in Langstrath, and further afield we have the classic ridges of Striding Edge, Swirral Edge, Sharp Edge and Pinnacle Ridge. In the south Lakes we can have a short day out on the Bell or Tilberthwaite Ridge near Coniston, or a longer day out scrambling up Stickle Ghyll and Jacks Rake in Langdale.

Along the way we will give you valuable information about:

  • Scrambling techniques and movement on steep terrain
  • Planning a day in the mountains
  • Using guidebooks to pick suitable routes
  • Weather considerations
  • Hazard assessment
  • Simple ropework to protect leader and the rest of the team

Please contact us with your specific requirements.

Rock Climbing Courses

Rock Climbing skills courses are aimed at those who have already enjoyed an introduction to the sport and would like to gain further knowledge with the intention of learning the relevant skills to be able to confidently climb outdoors ‘under your own steam’.

Our courses are tailored to your specific requirements and previous experience.

A course can cover:

  • Technical Equipment – choice, correct fitting, use and limitations
  • Coaching Movement techniques on rock
  • Choice of venue and climb taking into account personal aspirations and weather
  • Introduction to ropework – knots and belaying
  • Leader placed protection and lead climbing considerations
  • Anchor selection and use – stance organisation on multi pitch routes
  • Descending safely – scrambling and abseiling

Please contact us directly to discuss your ideas further.

rock climbing at Glaramara