People training as outdoor leaders can get a refund on their qualifying courses if they live in the north-west of England.
Up to £300 - or 60 per cent of the cost - can be reclaimed by those in the region taking part in the courses run by the National Skills Academy.
This means that walking leaders, summer mountain leaders and single pitch leaders donning their hiking boots can get the higher amount back, while expedition leader and climbing wall award leaders can get £200, although in all cases this is dependent on passing the course.
Trainees looking to stock up on gear may wish to visit one of the Go Outdoors stores in the north west, such as those in Stockport or nearby Hathersage in the Peak District.
Qualified mountain leaders may work at outdoor activity centres or as rangers and walking guides for national park authorities.
The North York Moors National Park authority has revealed its park rangers will be leading a series of hikes around the area in August, varying from 12-miles treks to short walks involving some fossil hunting.
Posted by Elaine Arthur