Useful Links

This page contains useful links to external websites related to mountain activities in the UK.

Disclaimer: Clicking on one of the links below will take you away from the present Gwent MC website to another website. Gwent MC accepts no responsibility or liability for the accuracy of information contained in external websites.

Weather and Winter Decision-making websites

The first two are particularly handy to consult if you’re thinking of participating in one of our scheduled weekend events.

Mountain Weather Information Service (MWIS) – Updates are made for all the main mountain areas of the UK, usually mid- to late-afternoon daily for the coming two days, with a further planning outlook.

UK ‘Met Office’ Mountain Forecasts – Includes summit forecasts for all the main summits in an area.

Ground temperature conditions (current) at locations in North Wales and the Lake District.
 – Cwm Idwal (Snowdonia)
 – Helvellyn & Great End (Lake District)

Lake District Ski Club Webcam (on Raise, next to Helvellyn) – There are plenty of other webcams if you search for them.

Rock climbing websites

Boulders Indoor Climbing Centre, Cardiff – climbing wall

Rock UK Summit Centre, Trelewis – climbing wall

South Wales Climbing – the definitive source of rock climbing information for Gower and Southeast Wales. Often provides the information you need to find the venues for our  scheduled Wednesday climbing events.

Local gear shops

Some of the following offer discount to Club and/or to BMC members. Gwent MC doesn’t endorse particular outlet(s) but Club members are usually happy to answer questions and provide advice based on their experience.

Cotswold Outdoor, Brecon and Cardiff

Crickhowell Adventure Gear, Crickhowell

Gibb Outdoors, Brecon

GO Outdoors, Cardiff

Snow and Rock, Bristol

Up and Under, Cardiff

Trekitt, Hereford

Elite Mountain Supplies, online – This is just one example of many specialist online suppliers that can be found by searching, or ask other Club members for their advice.

Mountain centres of the UK (e.g., Capel Curig, Betws-y-Coed, Ambleside, Keswick, Fort William) have multiple gear shops, usually with a wider range of gear than outlets local to South Wales.

Hill-bagging / ticking / planning websites

Hill-bagging Database – The Database of British and Irish Hills, allowing you to track hills you’ve climbed. Based on data from the database of British and Irish Hills.

Hill Lists – An application for iPhones, iPads and Macs allowing you to track hills you’ve climbed.

The Nuttalls – Website of John and Anne Nuttall, authors of the guidebooks “The Mountains of England and Wales”, two volumes covering all the 442 mountain summits of England and Wales.

Trigbagging – If bagging triangulation pillars (‘trig points’) is your thing

Lonewalker – Blog by ‘Lonewalker’ on long walks, hills and wild camps. This is just one example of useful links that can be found by searching, or more likely, just stumbled across.

Haroldstreet – A source of mountain lists, GPS waypoints and hillwalking routes.

Kickass facts about mountains – exactly what it says!

Geograph – Geographically representative photographs and information for every square kilometre of Great Britain and Ireland.

Viewfinder Panoramas – More than 200 downloadable computer drawn panoramas from viewpoints.

Bing Maps – Including Ordnance Survey mapping for planning/reference purposes, as well as satellite imagery.

National and training organisations

The BMC – The British Mountaineering Council

Mountain Leadership Training Board

The Ramblers Association

Youth Hostels Association (YHA)

Scottish Youth Hostels Association (SYHA)

Long Distance Walkers Association mountaineering (UIAA)

Brecon Beacons National Park

Magazine websites and other content publishers and – The best of hillwalking, climbing and mountaineering from around the World.

Climbing / Outside+ – An American publisher of climbing and other outside materials, much paywalled but some also free to provide inspiration and resources to fuel your pursuit of epic (and everyday) adventures.

TGO Magazine (The Great Outdoors) – The magazine’s website.

Climb Magazine

Climbing Media

Climbing Club

World Climb

Peakware World Mountain Encyclopedia

Other local hillwalking and climbing groups

Pontypool Ramblers

Monmouthshire Walking Festival

Talgarth Walking Festival