March 1st – 4th, 2018: Hill & Moorland Leader Training in the Brecon Beacons National Park delivered by Alan Ward (International Mountain Leader) who can also provide appropriate REC L2 Emergency Outdoor First Aid for Hill & Moorland Leader candidates.

Get away from the paths and enjoy our wild places as a Hill and Moorland Leader. 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. It is used extensively by those involved with delivering the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award as well as many walk leaders and outdoor instructors. Hill and Moorland Leaders operate in terrain that is generally more remote than that used by Lowland Leaders and not as steep or rocky as ground covered by Mountain Leaders.

In a previous life this qualification was called Walking Group Leader (WGL) – in 2014 we renamed it and made some minor changes. The ‘overnight experience’ element of the WGL was removed and we created a separate Expedition Skills Module which can be ‘bolted on’ to the Hill and Moorland Leader if you want to increase the scope of your qualification to include overnight expeditions.

Further details or to make a booking, please visit www.bigfootservices.co.uk and please note this course will be delivered over three and a half days instead of the usual three days in order that three full hill days will be included in the course.

Find out more about being a Hill and Moorland Leader

The prerequisites for registration are as follows:

  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • You should have at least a year’s worth of experience of hill walking
  • You should have an interest in leading groups in the hills
  • You must 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) – find out why

If you can tick all of the above boxes, here’s what to do next:

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