Hill And Moorland Leader Training
  • Plas y Brenin
  • 3 Days
  • 6 People to 1 instructor

Hill And Moorland Leader Training

  • Hike
  • Hillwalking
  • Mountain Training Award


If you want to learn the skills required for effective group leadership in the hill and moorland areas of the UK and Ireland, this is the ideal qualification. It's used extensively by many walk leaders and outdoor instructors as well as those involved with delivering the Duke of Edinburgh's Award. Hill and Moorland Leaders operate in terrain that's generally more remote than that covered by Lowland Leaders, and not as steep or rocky as ground covered by Mountain Leaders. It's based on the Mountain Training syllabus, and you'll get a mix of theory and practical sessions, taking advantage of our excellent classroom facilities as well as Snowdonia's spectacular hills and moorlands. Our highly qualified and experienced instructors will cover weather, group leader responsibilities, risk assessment and dealing with emergencies. Your practical sessions will cover walking, route finding in the hills, navigation and leadership.

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The Objectives

  • The Hill and Moorland Leader qualification offers the opportunity to gain experience and demonstrate technical competence in leading groups on hill walks in areas of the UK and Ireland. 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.
  • 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.
  • To develop and action plan for your consolidation period and help you to prepare you for your Hill and Moorland Leader assessment.


* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.

What to Expect

You'll spend three days covering a mix of theory and practical skills development which will take in;

Walking and Route Finding


Hazards and Emergency Procedures


Responsibilities of the Leader

Group Management

Access, Conservation and Environmental Knowledge


There will be theoretical evening sessions between 5:30-6:30pm and also one practical night navigation after dark.

Experience Required

You will need to register with Mountain Training before booking onto this course. To register, you must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • have at least a year's worth experience of hill walking
  • have an interest in leading groups in hill and moorlands
  • be a member of a mountaineering council: BMC, Mountaineering Scotland or Mountaineering Ireland (you can join one when you register if you're not already a member) https://www.mountain-training.org/help/faqs/registration

You should have 20 Quality hill or moorland days in your Dlog prior to attending this training course. Take a look at the syllabus for full information on the qualification https://www.mountain-training.org/Content/Uploaded/Downloads/MLT/5bac610d-23f7-4c7f-841a-723a361268f1.pdf 


Why Choose Plas y Brenin?

Our instructors are some of the UK’s most experienced. We train other instructors and help to write the national syllabuses for NGB qualifications in mountaineering, paddlesports, cycling and climbing. Our goal is to teach you skills to last a lifetime, and at Plas y Brenin you know you are getting training from the best.

If your course is based at Plas y Brenin, the residential price includes accommodation for the night before, and the duration of your time here. If you’re staying with us, we also provide delicious meals to keep you going as you learn, meaning you can concentrate on enjoying yourself.

When it comes to equipment, at Plas y Brenin we have a wide range of top-quality kit for you to use, all included in your course fee. This means if you’re just starting out, there’s no need to rush out and buy a load of expensive gear, and if you’re already pretty well kitted-out, it’s a great chance to try something new.

We want to help you focus on achieving your goals so if you're staying with us, comfortable accommodation (with WIFI included) and good food are part of the deal, you don't need to think about sorting this out for yourself. Support is on hand from our friendly, and exceptionally well qualified staff, to help develop your understanding and personal skills. They also help you to formulate an appropriate action plan for your further development.

What do I need to bring?
Equipment List
How should I prepare?
Preparation guide
Course Schedule

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Start Date
2nd October, 2021
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14th February, 2022
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