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  Lowland Leader Award Training


Peak District


£135 per person


2 days

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The Lowland 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 walking best practice and, also swap ideas with other like-minded people. Our Lowland 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 Lowland 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 in Lowland terrain. The award is favoured by teachers, DofE leaders and voluntary groups who have no need to venture into more demanding hill terrain that requires a Hill and Moorland or Mountain Leader qualification.

Lowland Leader Training Course Dates

Sat 8 – Sun 9 Aug (Course guaranteed, only two places left)
Sat 3 – Sun 4 Oct
Sat 31 Oct – Sun 1 Nov
Thu 17 – Fri 18 Dec
Thu 7 – Fri 8 Jan 2021

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 Lowland 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 walk. Navigation in particular is an area looked at on the assessment and often where candidates struggle.

In outline:
Day 1 – After an introduction to the Lowland Leader training course, we look at individual and group 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 a variety of commonly encountered hazards and will discuss different approaches required for different types of groups.

Day 2 – Equipped with knowledge of how to interpret the weather forecast we look at how it will affect our journey before planning a short walk for the day. We will continue to look at navigation to build skills at an appropriate pace but also build our group management skills.

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

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

Meeting Point

The Lowland Leader training course will meet at 0900 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 on a days lowland walk 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 Lowland Leader Training 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 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 in gentle terrain and have some spare energy to cope with any emergencies within the group.


In order to attend a Lowland Leader training course you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be registered specifically for the Lowland Leader scheme with Mountain Training.
  • Be at least 17 years old.
  • Have recorded a minimum of 10 varied walks in Lowland Terrain where the use of the map is required or have attended a Hill or Mountain Skills course.
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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