Upcoming Day Walks

Available for booking on specified dates and with a maximum capacity of 6. Whether you are an individual, a group of friends/family or an organisation planning a staff team building day, check our route summaries, decide which is for you and book directly via our website.

*Future dates will be posted here and on Facebook. If you already have a group and a date in mind, just get in touch.

Learn more and reserve your place.

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Private Guiding

Young Ascents aims to provide an enjoyable and rewarding experience for all those who hike with us.

We can plan and deliver navigation instruction and tailor made trips ranging from gentle to challenging, taking into account the specific needs and aspirations of the individual/group. 

If visiting from abroad, this is great way to see the natural beauty of the UK and Ireland.  The possibilities are endless and all queries are welcome!

Find out more about Private Guiding.


Courses in Navigation

The ability to navigate competently in a variety of terrains is a necessary skill for all outdoor enthusiasts.  This includes participants in a wide variety of activities, for example: occasional walkers, fell runners, orienteers and adventure racers.  We all have to start somewhere and successfully completing a course is a great way to gain confidence and personal competence in the outdoors.  

*Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th October 2019 - Bronze Navigator Award

*Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th February 2020 - Silver Navigator Award

Learn more about our NNAS accreditation and Navigator Award

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Our Aim

To help a variety of ages and abilities to enjoy the mountains safely and responsibly. To help others to experience the positive impacts of outdoor activity on their wellbeing and to develop their skills, knowledge and confidence in these environments.

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Pricing and Trip Options

Whether you wish to be guided safely over our beautiful mountains or improve your confidence in navigation at beginner or intermediate level, we have options for you.

Please give us a call or send us a message, we’d love to hear from you.


“Great walk, well paced. Our guide, Lesley, was very knowledgeable and patient. Will definitely utilise her expertise and experience again when we return to the beautiful Mournes.”

David, May 2018

“After walking up Slieve Donard many times from Bloody Bridge, I wanted to learn more Mourne walks but I wasn't confident enough to go on my own. Lesley took me on a new route in the area of Hen Mountain and had good knowledge of the local plants and wildlife. She was great company and went at my pace. I would highly recommend a hike with Lesley and I look forward to future trips with her.”

Jackie, Co. Antrim, February 2019