HILL AND MOORLAND LEADER

The Hill and Moorland Leader scheme is designed for those leading hillwalkers in non-mountainous, upland areas of the UK and Ireland and looks at the leadership skills required to confidently lead walking groups in such areas. The Hill and Moorland Leader is a nationally recognised qualification and is administered by Mountain Training. The award is particularly relevant to teachers, scout leaders and those involved in supervising Duke of Edinburgh expeditions for young people in upland areas of the UK.

The scheme is open to all hillwalkers who are at least eighteen years of age and interested in leading in the hills.

STAGES IN THE HILL AND MOORLAND LEADER SCHEME

  1. Gain personal hill walking experience. This should amount to at least twenty hill walking days over a period of at least twelve months.
  2. Register for the Hill and Moorland Leader scheme with Mountain Training. In order to do this you will need to be a current British Mountaineering Council (BMC) member.  Registering for the scheme will give you access to a digital logbook where you can record your hillwalking experience.
  3. Attend a Hill and Moorland Leader Training course.
  4. Consolidate experience between training and assessment courses.
  5. Attend a Hill and Moorland Leader Assessment course.

SYLLABUS

The Hill and Moorland Leader Award scheme looks at the following main syllabus areas:

  • Walking and route finding
  • Navigation
  • Hazards and emergency procedures
  • Equipment
  • Responsibilities of the Leader
  • Group Management
  • Access, conservation and environmental knowledge
  • Weather

Further information about the Hill and Moorland Leader scheme can be found in the Hill and Moorland Leader handbook

HILL AND MOORLAND LEADER TRAINING

Price and duration: £250 (3 days)

The three-day Hill and Moorland Leader Training course is based in the High Peak and is designed to give a thorough introduction to the skills needed to lead walking groups. There is a strong focus on the practical skills which leaders of groups need and navigation away from paths is a key part of this.............. more info


HILL AND MOORLAND LEADER ASSESSMENT

Price and duration: £265 (3 days)

The three-day Hill and Moorland Leader Assessment course is based in the High Peak and assesses competence in the skills needed to lead walking groups in upland areas............ more info