Further Reading

If you would like to find out more about hillwalking in the UK, there are a host of online resources including:

The following books give more detailed information, and are especially recommended for those wanting to begin to lead or second walks, and go on to do Moutain Leader Training.

  • “Hillwalking”, by Steve Long – the official handbook of the Mountain Leader and Walking Group Leader schemes (the club has a copy that can be borrowed)
  • “Mountaincraft and Leadership”, by Eric Langmuir – A handbook for mountaineers and hillwalking leaders in the British Isles
  • “The Mountain Skills Training Handbook”, by Hill and Johnston

Navigation

  • MCofS Navigator’s Dozen – a guide to the 12 most important navigational skills, on the Mountaineering Council of Scotland’s website
  • “Navigation in the mountains”, by Carlo Forte
  • “Mountain navigation”, by Peter Cliff

Winter Skills

See the Mountaineering Council of Scotland website for basic information on walking in winter. “Winter skills: essential walking & climbing techniques” by Andy Cunningham and Allen Fyffe is recommended reading for anyone who hasn’t been out in the hills in winter before, and includes information about the use of crampons and ice axes. The club has a copy that can be borrowed.

Weather

  • Mountain Weather Information Service – Excellent, detailed regional mountain forecasts for the next three days, published every evening and revised in the morning.
  • MetOffice – Provides detailed forecasting for the whole of the UK.
  • yr.no – Also provides detailed weather for the whole of the UK, including detailed weather for specific mountains.
  • sportscotland Avalanche Information Service – This site provides daily avalanche forecasts for the main skiing regions in Scotland. This is also critically important for hill walkers. They also have a blog which gives first-hand reports from people who’ve been on the hill to check the snowpack condition.
  • “Weather for Hillwalkers and Climbers” by Malcolm Thomas

Walking routes

  • WalkHighlands – useful for planning walks and keeping track of where you’ve been, and has a very active community.
  • Munro and Corbett books – The club owns a couple of each which we bring on trips to aid route planning.

Safety

Access

Accommodation

General Interest

  • “Hostile habitats – A guide to Scotland fauna, flora and landscape for hill walkers.” The club has a copy you can borrow, and we also bring it on club trips.