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:
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 1 assessment. 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!