Hill & Moorland Leader Training

The Hill and Moorland Leader award is designed for people who want to lead groups in the hill and moorland areas of the UK and Ireland. It focuses on non-mountainous terrain.

Before you book onto a Hill and Moorland Leader training course, make sure you have done the following:

  • You must be registered on the scheme
  • You must have recorded a minimum of 20 Quality Hillwalking Days on appropriate terrain (ideally on DLOG) which can have taken place at any point (pre- or post-registration)

Hill and Moorland Leader training lasts for 3 days and is run by an approved MLTUK Provider.

The Syllabus

Hill and Moorland Leaders should be competent in the following key areas, all of which will be covered, to a greater or lesser extent, during your three day training course.

  • Walking and Route Finding
  • Navigation
  • Hazards and Emergency Procedures
  • Equipment
  • Responsibilities of the Leader
  • Group Management
  • Access, Conservation and Environmental Knowledge
  • Weather

Detailed information on each of the above topics can be found in the Hill and Moorland Leader Handbook and the onus is on you to be competent in all of them by the time you come to assessment.

Handbook

Hill and Moorland Leader Handbook

The Scope of the Award

The Hill and Moorland Leader award offers the opportunity to gain experience and demonstrate technical competence in leading groups on hill walks in areas of the UK and Ireland that fall within the technical definition outlined below. Such areas may often be subject to hostile weather conditions and require an element of self-sufficiency and this is reflected in the syllabus of this scheme.

Suitable terrain for the Hill & Moorland Leader will meet the following four criteria:

  • open, uncultivated, non-mountainous high or remote country known variously as upland, moor, bog, fell, hill or down
  • areas enclosed by well-defined geographical or man-made boundaries such as classified roads (areas that merge with mountain regions and do not have well defined boundaries are excluded)
  • areas of remoteness that are easily exited in a few hours, returning to a refuge or an accessible road
  • areas where movement on steep or rocky terrain is not required (in either a planned or unplanned situation)

As with all Mountain Training awards, it is the combination of technical competence and leadership skills supported by a wide range of experience that forms the basis for effective group management. The scheme addresses all these elements. However, the employer or operating authority must ultimately decide whether a leader possesses the personal attributes needed to take responsibility for any particular group of people.

The Book - Hill Walking

Hill Walking is the official companion to the walking schemes and it includes essential tips and information for every walker as well as for those who wish to lead in the hills. The book is split into three parts: Getting Around in the Hills, The Upland Environment and Group Management. Its functional design with easy-reference pages, striking illustration and images make this book an indispensable guide to the skills required for summer hill walking.

Hill Walking


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