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Mountain Training Lowland Leader Lowland Leader Assessment


Peak District


£145 per person


2 days

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

Our Lowland 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.

Lowland Leader Award Assessment Course Dates

Tue 30 – Wed 31 Mar 2021
Sat 8 – Sun 9 May
Sat 3 – Sun 4 July
Thu 5 – Fri 6 Aug
Thu 2 – Fri 3 Sept
Sat 23 – Sun 24 Oct
Sat 4 – Sun 5 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 Lowland 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 walking experience.

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

Day 2 – A slightly shorter walk concentrating on leading a flowing walk followed by results and individual debriefs.

During the course, whilst outside, you will be asked to deliver a short talk (not more than 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 in the Lowland Leader Award Candidate Handbook.

Meeting Point

The course will meet at 0900 in Grindleford in the Hope valley. Grindleford has ample parking, 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 two 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 Lowland Leader Assessment Joining Instructions.

  • The Lowland Leader Award Candidate 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.

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 2 days walking and have some spare to cope with any emergencies within the group.


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

  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • Completed a training course or been granted exemption by Mountain Training.
  • Have logged a minimum of 20 walks in lowland countryside in different types of terrain.
  • You must have physically attended and completed (i.e.not online) a first aid course which involved at least two full days or sixteen hours of instruction and included an element of assessment.

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