Here are some of the questions we frequently get asked. If you have any other questions please contact the relevant member of the team.
The programme for all courses starts on the Saturday morning straight after breakfast and we aim to be finished by 4pm on Sunday. For arrival, the centre is open from 7pm on Friday night. Whilst there is no formal programme on the Friday night it’s a good opportunity to meet the staff, the other candidates and discuss your requirements for the weekend!
No, our weekends are not combined training and assessment courses as a period of consolidation is required between training and assessment.
Sure, you’ll need to complete a booking form for each participant. If you intend to combine several payments please contact the Course Secretary to let them know.
Yes, all our courses include breakfast, packed lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast and packed lunch on Sunday. Indoor accommodation is also included in bunk rooms. You’ll need to bring your own pillow and sleeping bag. Where possible we try to have single sex dorms but we cannot guarantee this.
You can cancel or change your course up to 56 days before for no charge. After this a change will be treated as a cancellation and the following charges will apply:
We are not currently taking confirmed bookings but we are prepared to take provisional booking without a deposit. The reason is that we are governed by the guidance given to us by the Government, Scout Association, ScoutsCymru among others therefore we don’t know when the hostel will be opened again to residential groups of people.
We hope to open by April 2021 if not sooner, but as stated above that will guided by agencies outside of our control. When the hostel becomes open we will want a deposit to confirm your booking in accordance with the terms and conditions that were applicable prior to the lockdown. We are not liable for any change that may take place should the situation change back to a lockdown or other condition. However we will endeavour to return any deposit that has been paid which is in accordance with our policy following the lockdown in March of 2020.
In order to provisionally book the hostel YOU MUST send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to request the booking, a reply will be sent back once the booking has been made on our booking calendar.
Risk Assessments for the Hostel can be found here. You are expected to have your own Risk Assessments for the activities you are undertaking.
For Hafod Courses we have Risk Assessments for all activities we provide.
All of the staff and instructors at Yr Hafod are volunteer Scout Leaders and therefore we can’t hire our instructors out for Scout or external groups booked into our hostel.
We recommend you check your local area for permit holders using the permit search feature of Compass
or search for a local instructor to hire through the Mountain Training Association, alternatively why not book on one of our Explorer Scout Weekends?
You can cancel up to 29 days before for a full refund. For 28 days of less your deposit will be retained unless a like for like booking is made by another group.
In general terms Terrain 1 covers non-remote areas that can be considered hills and moors. Terrain 2 covers more remote areas and mountains.
In effect, Terrain 1 covers areas such as the Peak District, Brecon Beacons, Dartmoor (perhaps not the very middle), Cheviots, North Yorkshire Moors, Yorkshire Dales and the lower mountains of Snowdonia and the Lake District. Terrain 2 covers the higher mountains of the Lakes and Snowdonia and any ground in Terrain 0 and 1 areas that can be considered “steep ground”. Exmoor is mostly Terrain 0 with a bit of Terrain 1.
The short answer is yes. However, whilst these mountains clearly fall within the definition of Terrain 2 they do not present any additional difficulties above and beyond a Terrain 1 skill set. At Yr Hafod your assessor will be more than happy to issue you a Terrain 2 permit that will enable you to climb specific Terrain 1-style mountains that just sneak into Terrain 2 subject to a successful Terrain 2 assessment with adjustments for the difference between the two. We won’t issue this type of exception to mountains that are well into Terrain 2 and we won’t issue blanket permits for all mountains up to 810m, for example. Exceptions must be specific. Please contact the Course Bookings Secretary or speak to your assessor if you have any queries.
No, we will only issue leadership permits after a successful assessment. Supervision permits rely on a different set of skills that we cannot assess over a weekend. They also depend much more on personal suitability. We recommend you speak to your County Hillwalking Assessor.
Unfortunately not, the 0845 numbers redirect to our personal mobile phones but we’ve tried to keep things cheap and Our 0845 numbers are charged at local rate.
Our phone lines are staffed by volunteers so there aren’t any. You may or may not get an answer at any time of the day!
Remember you can always leave a message, include your name and contact details and we will get back to you.
You will neeed to make your profile visible to us if you want us to recommend a permit. Follow these steps to share the bare minimum information with us (and anyone else that knows your membership number).