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  Hill and Moorland Leader Award Assessment


Peak District


£235 per person


3 days

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The Hill and Moorland Leader Award is a nationally recognised qualification that is administered by Mountain Training and allows you to lead groups on day walks over hill and moorland terrain. It is favoured by teachers, DofE leaders and voluntary groups who have no need to venture into more demanding mountainous terrain that requires a Mountain Leader qualification.

Our Hill and Moorland Leader award assessments cover all aspects of the award. To help candidates prepare thoroughly we issue a home study paper and comprehensive joining instructions with lots of suggested reading, links to videos and other material to help individuals become thoroughly conversant with all aspects of the syllabus. Candidates do not need to be familiar with the ground the assessment is taking place on.

Hill and Moorland Leader Award Assessment Course Dates

Wed 22 – Fri 24 Jul (One place left)
Mon 14 – Wed 16 Sept
Wed 28 – Fri 30 Oct
Sat 5 – Mon 7 Dec

Bespoke Dates & Locations

If there are four or more of you that want training or assessment, and you would like some different dates or a specific location, please contact the office and we will arrange some dates to suit your diary.

Course Format

The Hill and Moorland Leader assessment course is largely practical in nature although, in addition to the home research paper, we undertake several theoretical exercises. There is significant emphasis on navigation and party leadership to deliver a safe and enjoyable hill experience.

Day 1 – Introductions you, us and the course, followed by a hill day looking at navigation skills, access and the environment and emergency procedures.

Day 2 – Hill day concentrating on navigation, leadership and group management, followed by an evening of night navigation. We may stay on the hill throughout so plan appropriately.

Day 3 – A slightly shorter hill day concentrating on leading a flowing walk followed by results and individual debriefs.

During the course, whilst on the hill, you will be asked to deliver a short talk (about 5 minutes) on a topic of your choosing, but related to the local environment (ecology, geology, history etc) or covering a relevant skill.

Detailed guidance notes on the syllabus are available here.

Meeting Point

The course will meet at 0900 in The Sir William hotel, Grindleford in the Hope valley. Grindleford has ample parking, good bus and train links to Sheffield and a good train link to Manchester.


This Beyond the Edge course is non-residential to allow you to select between a thermarest or 5 star hotel as you require. There is lots of accommodation in the Hope Valley and we recommend The Sir William which offers BtE clients a discounted rate and most courses start from here. Other options are listed on our Accommodation page.

If you are struggling to find something or want something special, contact the office and we will endeavour to assist.


You will need to bring all the clothing and equipment you need to lead a group for multiple consecutive days on the hill. The equipment that you choose to carry, is part of the assessment. A suggested kit list is contained in the joining instructions.

Recommended Reading

We give some suggestions below, but more detailed suggestions together with a host of helpful links and videos are contained in our Hill and Moorland Leader Assessment Joining Instructions.
The Hill and Moorland Leader Award Handbook contains all the details of the syllabus, the remit of the award and a skills check list. The official handbook of Mountain Training’s walking schemes is:
Mountain Training handbook – Volume 1. Hillwalking. Steve Long. Mountain Training.


You require sufficient fitness to be able to spend 3 days walking and have plenty spare to cope with any emergencies within the group. Regular full days of hillwalking are the best preparation which also increases your experience and skill level.


In order to attend a Hill and Moorland Leader assessment course you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be registered specifically for the Hill and Moorland Leader scheme with Mountain Training.
  • Completed a training course or been granted exemption by Mountain Training.
  • Have logged a minimum of 40 Quality Hillwalking Days in at least three different upland areas of the UK and Ireland.
  • Hold a valid 16 hour first aid certificate relevant to working away from habitation.

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