Lowland Leader Award


The Lowland Leader award has been designed for people who wish to lead groups on day walks in lowland countryside and woodland in summer conditions. The majority of the UK and Ireland is made up of this type of terrain so you’ll never be short of places to go walking.

The Lowland Leader Award is nationally accredited and developed by Mountain Training and is suitable for a wide range of applications; this could be for Teachers or youth leaders who wish to take students on walks, or to run the expeditions section of the DofE award.

What it’s all about?

The leadership opportunities for Lowland Leaders are varied and far reaching, from the South West Coast Path to the Great Glen Way; walking in lowland areas can be no less spectacular than walking high up in the mountains.

There are four stages in the scheme:

  1. Attend a two day training course, we normally run ours over a weekend with an evening session.
  2. Complete a consolidation period to increase your experience and knowledge.
  3. Attend and complete an assessment course.
  4. Continue to stay current and up to date.

The syllabus is split into seven sections:

  • Leadership Skills,
  • Walking Skills,
  • Planning,
  • Map work and route finding,
  • Equipment,
  • Hazards and emergency procedures,
  • Environmental Awareness, Conservation, Access and Land Ownership.

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

Prerequisites & Registration

  • You must be at least 17 years old
  • You should have an interest in leading groups in lowland countryside
  • You must have recorded a minimum of 10 varied walks in Lowland terrain where the use of a map is required (ideally these will be recorded on DLOG) which can have taken place at any point (pre- or post-registration)

If the above applies to you, here’s what to do next:

  1. 1Create an account on our Candidate Management System or log in if you already have one.
  2. Register for the Lowland Leader scheme (this costs £44)

If you are uncertain or would like to discuss any aspect of this then please get in touch and we will be able to offer advice and guidance. We strongly advise you to read the Syllabus prior to attending the course. There are also a series of FAQ’s on the Mountain Training website.

Training Course Details

Non-Residential Cost – £140.00

On a two day informative course in the Brecon Beacons we will follow the syllabus of the Lowland Leader award. Tea and coffee, all course materials and expert tuition from passionate and professional instructors.

Residential Cost – £200.00

The residential cost includes Bed and Breakfast in bunkroom accommodation on the Friday and Saturday night. There are no evening meals included but there is a Restaurant and Bar on site as well as other local options. All bed linen, tea, coffee and towels are provided while on the course.
Check-in time is from 4pm onwards and check-out time on the day of departure is 9am.

Course Program
The program will normally follow this format but changes may be made to make the best use of venues and weather conditions.
On day one please ensure you have a day bag packed and ready to go. This should include food and water for the day as we will lunch on the hill.

1Start 9am
Navigation & Leadership
Finish 6pm
2Leaders Equipment
Legal Responsibilities
Environmental Knowledge
Access and conservation
Emergency Procedure
Finish 5pm

Course Close
We will aim to finish by 5pm on the final day to allow time for people to travel home.

Kit List
You will need the following items as a minimum for the course…

  • Walking boots – Waterproof with good tread and ankle support.
  • Personal hill/mountain clothing sufficient for 2 days
  • A small day rucksack 20-40 litre
  • Watch (with a digital stopwatch) not just a phone
  • A compass (Silva type 4 or similar)
  • 1:25000 OS map of the Beacons Explorer OL 13 (Maps should be laminated or in a small map case)

N.B. A full kit list will be provided when you book your course

Assessment Course Details

Non-Residential Cost – £150.00

Two day Lowland Leader assessment based around the Brecon Beacons. Assessment and further training as appropriate as set out by LLA syllabus. Light refreshments are included in the Course cost.

Residential Cost – £210.00

The Residential course fee includes comfortable Bed & Breakfast based on shared accommodation for the Friday and Saturday night, so you can arrive the night before and relax. The Residential also includes a packed lunch for Saturday and Sunday. There is a bar and restaurant on site serving locally sourced food and drink!

Upgrades to a private room and dinner packages may be available on request at an addition cost, dependant on availability.

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Can’t Find What You Want?

If you can’t find exactly what you want, get in touch. We can discuss your requirements and build a course around your needs! Give us a call on 07979 337751 or use our online enquiry form HERE