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Hill and Moorland Leader Training

Course Overview

This training course is based on the Mountain Training syllabus. There are theory sessions on weather, group leader
responsibilities, risk assessment and dealing with emergencies as well as practical skills. The practical
sessions will cover walking, route finding in the hills, navigation and leadership. Much of the course is practical and you should be prepared for adverse weather.
You must be registered on the scheme with Mountain Training and have the required experience.

Experience Required

Scheduled Dates

Detailed Course Notes

You should be 18 years old to attend this course.


Mountain Training (MT) strictly requires that all students are registered prior to commencing the course. They will not recognise completion of the course by non-registered participants. Copies of the syllabus, and details of how to register are available from the MT. Ensure your DLOG (online logbook with Mountain Training) is fully completed with your experience. You will benefit most from the course if you are fit and have some experience of using a map and compass in the mountain environment.

Course Content

The training course will follow the MT Hill and Moorland Leader syllabus. In particular it will look at practical skills and techniques required when leading and supervising groups in open country, concentrating on areas that the board feels it is difficult for candidates to learn on their own. The programme may be revised at short notice to take account of weather and other considerations, in such a way as to satisfy the spirit and detail of the Hill and Moorland Leader syllabus.

The course is three days long. Each day we will begin by looking at the weather forecast, then discussing the destination and equipment requirements for the day. The days usually take the following form:

A practical hill day

  • Navigational skills using both 1:25,000 and 1:50,000 maps
  • Route choice
  • Hazard identification and avoidance
  • Access and environmental issues

Second practical hill day

  • Consolidation of navigation skills, plus skills for poor visibility
  • Group management and leadership issues
  • Hazards
  • Route choice
  • Group and leaders equipment

Centre based day, possibly short time spent on the hill

  • Putting all the skills together
  • Common problems and scenarios faced by leaders in the hills
  • Problem prevention
  • Casualty carries
  • Search techniques
  • Questions forum, course de-brief and individual feedback

In addition, there will be evening classroom or centre based sessions, covering some of the more theoretical aspects of the syllabus. We intend to look at the following areas:

  • Leaders' responsibilities
  • Preparation and planning
  • Risk assessment and risk management
  • Legal liability and insurance
  • Access developments, environmental bodies, and conservation issues
  • Unaccompanied journeys and remote supervision

Useful Books

  • Hillwalking by Steve Long (MLTUK official pub.)
  • Mountain Navigation by Peter Cliff

Also recommended reading    
  • Looking at Weather by Ingrid Holfard
  • Mountain Weather by Pedgley
  • Weather for Hillwalkers & Climbers by M Thomas

What's Included In The Price?

Whether you choose to stay with us or you have alternative accommodation nearby, the following items are included in the total cost.

    Free tea, coffee or selected hot drinks for the duration of your visit
    Afternoon tea & homemade cakes
    Equipment hire
    Free (low-speed) wifi access in the bar & dining room
    In course transport
    Railway station pick up & drop off (please call to arrange)
    Parking with CCTV surveillance
    Free use of climbing wall, gym, MTB skills course & rolling pool

    If you choose to stay with us, these items are also included in the total cost:

    Accommodation the night before your course
    Accommodation during your course
    Breakfast & evening meal
    Bar Lunch/packed lunch

Accommodation For This Course

Plas y Brenin Main House

Your course is based at Plas y Brenin, The National Mountain Sports Centre in Capel Curig, North Wales, LL24 0ET.

If you are staying with us,

If you have chosen to add accommodation onto this course or holiday it is usually in the main house in a comfy en-suite room (normally shared with another guest). Each room has tea and coffee making facilities and all bed linen and towels are provided.

This includes accommodation the night before your first day. Your room will be available from 6pm. On your last day you will need to vacate your room by 10am. It is sometimes possible to arrange to stay an extra night please phone 01690 720214 for availability and cost.

Secure storage facilities, showers and toilets are available for you to use on your departure day once you have checked out of your room should you need them, please ask at reception.

Also included, if you chosen to add accommodation, are all your meals - breakfast, packed lunch, afternoon tea and freshly baked cakes and a three course evening meal. Please bear in mind an evening meal is not provided on the night before your course or on the last day of your course but our bar will be serving meals from 7.00pm until 8.45pm.

If you are are not staying with us but coming in each day,

If you choose to come in daily for your course or holiday you will need to arrive ready for a 9am welcome talk on the first day. For the rest of your course or holiday you will need to be here for 9.15am. We return from a full day of activity, usually in time for tea and cakes at 5pm (included).

There are more activities from 5.30 - 6.30 on some days of your course or holiday, please check on the first day.

For most of our awards and qualification courses there will be further evening sessions on some days which you need to attend, please check on the first day.

There is an 8pm adventure talk by one of our coaches on Saturday, Monday and Wednesday evenings which you are welcome to come to. Find out more about the upcoming talks here.

On the final day you will be finished by 5pm.

For courses based on-site our bar will be serving lunches from 12pm until 2pm or you are welcome to bring a packed lunch.

If your course is based away from the centre then you will need to bring a packed lunch with you. Each evening our bar serves evening meals from 7pm until 8.45pm if you wish to eat here.

You can arrange to have any of the following meals - breakfast, packed lunch and a three course centre dinner, by contacting our customer services team on 01690 720214 or

follow this link for more details

What Equipment Do You Need To Bring?

  • Personal mountain clothing

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers

  • Warm hat, gloves, neck gaiter/buff, sunhat

  • Walking boots

  • Day rucksack

  • Rucksack liner (e.g. rubble bag or dry bag)

  • Drink bottle

  • Flask

  • Lunch bag/box

  • Personal first aid kit

  • Gaiters (optional)

  • Headtorch

  • High factor sunscreen

  • Midge repellant

  • Notebook and pen

  • MT number

  • Compass (Silva Expedition 4 recommended)

  • Fine permanent pen (for writing on laminated maps)

  • OS Explorer 17 1:25,000 Snowdon & Conwy Valley (ideally laminated if not bring a map case) (Can be purchased from our shop)

  • A stopwatch

For the ML Training you will also need:

  • Expedition rucksack

  • OS Explorer 17 1:25,000 Snowdon & Conwy Valley (ideally laminated if not bring a map case)

  • OS Landranger 115 1:50,000 Snowdon (ideally laminated if not bring a map case) (Can be purchased from our shop)

  • Old trainers and clothes for the river crossing

  • Tent

  • Sleeping bag

  • Sleeping mat

  • Stove and pans (plus fuel)

  • Knife, fork, spoon

  • Mug

At this level we expect students to have most of their own equipment. It is possible to borrow the following items from our equipment stores:

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers

  • Walking boots

  • Gaiters (optional)

  • Rucksack (day and expedition)

  • Compass

  • Tent

  • Sleeping bag

  • Sleeping mat

  • Stove and pans (plus fuel)

  • Knife, fork, spoon

  • Mug

Customer Reviews For This Course

Enjoyed an excellent couple of days!

Trevor Smith

Had a lovely couple of days at Plas! Weather was absolutely gorgeous (for once) which helped. Training by John and Luke was right up to where we wanted - found it challenging but exactly the help needed to improve nav. Facilities at the centre was stellar - lovely rooms and bathrooms, fantastic meals including full English and 3 course teas, all for not a lot of pennies. Then a nice bar and a few pints of mountain ale to finish with - beautiful!

Excellent course


An excellent course in many respects.
Only downside - I would have liked individual (specific) feedback.
Many thanks.

Not found what you were looking for?

You can hire one of our coaches instructors or guides from only £250 per day. They'll tailor the day to suit your aims and aspirations perfectly.
You can enjoy one to one coaching for that cost or if you get together as a group, depending on the activity, you can split that cost between up to 6 of you. If you are a group we can run any of our courses on a date that suits you and your friends. Or you could just write your own agenda for a week or weekend and we'll price it up for you - with or without accommodation. What's more, just like out normal course fees, our private instructor hire charge covers all your equipment too. Click on the link below to fill in a request form and one of our coaches will call you back (or e-mail if you'd prefer) to discuss things in detail with you.

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