The five-day Mountain Leader Assessment course is based in the High Peak and Lake District and assesses competence in the skills needed to lead walking groups in mountainous areas. The assessment course comprises two days based from a youth hostel in the Peak District and three days/two nights overnight expedition in the Lake District mountains. Over the course of the five days all aspects of the Mountain Leader syllabus will be assessed. Candidates should come prepared with the equipment and skills to operate independently as a leader.


Prior to attending a Mountain Leader Assessment course candidates must:

  • Have attended a Mountain Leader training course (or have been granted exemption by Mountain Training).
  • Have experienced a minimum of forty quality mountain days. This experience should be gained in at least three different mountain areas.
  • Have assisted with the leading of walking groups.
  • Hold a current, valid first aid certificate.


Two nights bed and breakfast accommodation at a youth hostel is provided. For the remaining nights candidates will be camping at a remote location in the mountains. Please supply your own lunches and evening meals throughout.




2019 dates: 8-12 Apr 2019, 21-25 Oct 2019