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  Hill and Moorland Leader Award Training


Peak District


£220 per person


3 days

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The Hill and Moorland Leader Award training course with Beyond the Edge covers all aspects of the award. It is a great opportunity to be brought up to date on current hill walking best practice and, also swap ideas with other like-minded people. Our Hill and Moorland Leader training courses are not only highly informative but also fun and run in a friendly manner. We take great pride in the very high percentage of people returning for assessment and other courses.

At the end of the course you will receive detailed individual feedback on any areas that you may need to improve on together with an action plan and a realistic timetable to assessment.

The Hill and Moorland Leader Award is a nationally recognised leadership qualification. It is administered by Mountain Training and allows holders of the award to lead groups on day walks over hill and moorland terrain. The award 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.

Hill and Moorland Leader Training Course Dates

Sat 11 – Mon 13 Jul (Two places left)
Wed 26 – Fri 28 Aug
Mon 14 – Wed 16 Sept
Wed 28 – Fri 30 Oct
Fri 27 – Sun 29 Nov

Bespoke Dates & Locations

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

Course Format

The Hill and Moorland Leader training course is largely practical in nature although we undertake several theoretical exercises. There is significant emphasis on navigation and group management to deliver a safe and enjoyable hill experience. Navigation in particular is an area looked at in detail on the assessment and often where candidates struggle.

In outline:
Day 1 – After an introduction to the Hill and Moorland Leader training course, we look at individual equipment and cover some navigation techniques before heading out around the local area to put these skills into practice. During the journey we look at how to dynamically risk assess and manage hazards and will discuss different approaches required for different types of groups. In the evening, after a theory session on the weather and weather forecasts, we will plan a hill day for a notional group.

Day 2 – Equipped with knowledge of how to interpret the weather forecast we look at how it will affect our journey before heading out. We will continue to look at navigation to build skills at an appropriate pace but also build our group management skills. In the evening we venture into the night to learn the skills of night navigation. Please note night navigation requires the dark! In midsummer this means that we will finish in the early hours of the morning. At other times of the year, we are off the hill before midnight.

Day 3 – Today we put everything into practice as you lead a flowing walk, navigating, managing hazards, enthusing others with environmental knowledge and spending some time looking at what to do if things go wrong.

We finish the day with individual feedback and discuss your personal action plan so that you fully understand when you should attend Hill and Moorland Leader assessment and how best to prepare for it. You will be able to depart not later than 1700.

During the course, whilst on the hill, you will be encouraged 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. A short presentation of this type is expected by most providers whilst on Hill and Moorland Leader assessment (and on all higher awards).

Meeting Point

The Hill and Moorland Leader training course will meet at 0900 in The Sir William Hotel in Grindleford in the Hope valley. Grindleford has good bus and train links to Sheffield and a good train link to Manchester.


You will need to bring all the clothing and equipment you need to lead a group for multiple consecutive days on the hill including a waterproofed map of the area and a compass. Robust footwear and high quality waterproofs are absolutely essential. A suggested kit list together with some tips and links to gear reviews are 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 Training 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 Mountain Training’s walking schemes is: Mountain Training handbook – Volume 1. Hillwalking. Steve Long. Mountain Training.

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 require sufficient fitness to be able to spend 3 days walking in hilly terrain and have plenty of spare energy 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 training course you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be registered specifically for the Hill and Moorland Leader scheme with Mountain Training.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have at least a year’s worth of experience of hill walking.
Registration with Mountain Training

This is relatively straightforward and can be completed online at:
Here you can also find short videos explaining the award and other useful resources.

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