SAFETY and navigation skills in tackling the Yorkshire fells were taught at a hill skills weekend at Malham Tarn Field Centre, organised by the Yorkshire Dales MIllennium Trust.

The group of eight people, who work alongside disadvantaged community groups in urban areas, were also graduates of the YDMT People and the DALES outreach project.

They were instructed by Cat Forster – a fully qualified mountaineering instructor who led the course thanks to funding from Mountain Training England.

Under her guidance, the group learnt about the importance of planning, walking skills, clothing and equipment, the impact of the weather, navigation skills, environmental knowledge, hazards and emergency procedures in the hills.

She said: “Everyone in the group showed a good understanding of all the different aspects of the course and I hope they all go on to enjoy more fantastic days out in the Yorkshire Dales and further afield.”

At the end of the two-day course, they were awarded the official Hills Skills accreditation – a nationally recognised qualification signalling their competence in hill walking.