Learn Training Mountain Training Hill & Moorland Leader qualification

Mountain Training Hill & Moorland Leader qualification


Who is it for?

This qualification is ideal for walkers who want to learn the skills required for effective group leadership in the hill and moorland areas of the UK and Ireland. Hill and Moorland Leaders operate in upland terrain (moor, bog, fell, hill or down) that is generally more remote than that used by Lowland Leaders and not as steep or rocky as ground covered by Mountain Leaders.

What does it cover?

Hill and Moorland Leaders should be competent in the following key areas, which will be covered during the 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

How does it work?

Hill and Moorland Leader training lasts for three days and will be run by one of Mountain Training's approved providers in the UK or Ireland. Before you book onto a Hill and Moorland Leader training course, you must have registered on the scheme, and recorded a minimum of twenty Quality Hillwalking Days on appropriate terrain which can have taken place at any point (pre- or post-registration).

FIND OUT MORE: On the Mountain Training website

CASE STUDY: Elen Huws, Hill & Moorland Leader

"I used to be a biology teacher. I only really started walking regularly when I helped out in the walking club that other more experienced staff ran at the secondary school where I taught, and when I joined Clwb Mynydda Cymru, the Welsh Mountaineering Club.

I decided to embark on the Hill & Moorland Leader qualification because wanted to improve my mountaineering skills. Taking part in a scheme means that you complete thorough training (I did the summer Mountain Leader course).

It means that I'm more confident when I volunteer to lead walks with my walking club. I have also recently gained a Wales Blue Badge Tourist Guiding qualification, and by combining the two, it will be possible to lead walks for tourists in the area.

I would advise someone that's thinking about changing their career and lifestyle to be realistic, be practical, weigh the pros and cons, and find your way – and don’t take any notice of your age!"