Lowland Leader

The Lowland Leader scheme is a national qualification administered by Mountain Training, for people who want to lead groups on day walks in lowland countryside and woodland in summer conditions, for example teachers running Geography field trips, Duke of Edinburgh group leaders. 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. Detailed info about the stages of the scheme can be seen on the Mountain Training website. 

Pre-Requisites for the Lowland Leader Scheme

Before booking a place on a training or assessment course, or the expedition skills module, please download and read our detailed course notes to ensure you meet the minimum requirements:

Lowland Leader course notes
Expedition Skills Module course notes

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Syllabus for Training and Assessment Courses

The following key areas will be covered during your two-day training and two-day assessment courses. 

  • Leadership Skills and Group Management
  • Walking Skills
  • Planning a Walk
  • Basic Mapwork and Route Finding Skills
  • Equipment
  • Hazards and Emergency Procedures
  • Environmental Awareness, Conservation, Access and Land Ownership

Expedition Skills Module

After successful completion of assessment you can choose to attend a two day Expedition Skills Module which is delivered as a combined training and assessment course. The module covers leading overnight expeditions, remote supervision and teaching navigation. More information can be seen on the Mountain Training website

Course Dates

If you have a group of four or more, we can arrange a training course, an assessment course, or an expo module, on a date and in a location to suit you (a mileage charge is made for courses outside Cumbria). All courses are two days. Please enquire about fees.

Dates for all our courses are listed on the calendar


Fees for scheduled courses:
Training courses: £150 non-residential
Assessment courses £150 non-residential
Expedition module: £150 including campsite fees

Travel, Accommodation and Venues

For courses based in the Lake District, info and ideas for accommodation can be downloaded here: 

Lake District travel and accommodation

Ambleside is a good base, as all our listed courses are run in the South Lakes area. Our choice of venue for each day varies with each course, depending on the weather conditions and the participants. We can also provide courses in other parts of the country on request.

Standard Training & Assessment Course Programme

Day One

Indoors: Meet & greet, course intro
Outdoors: navigation, equipment, movement coaching, environmental awareness, access, conservation
Indoors: review of the day and planning the next day

Day Two

Outdoors: teaching navigation and route finding skills, group leadership, emergency procedures & hazards
Indoors: review of the course, action planning towards assessment

Expedition Module Programme

Day One

Equipment, camping skills, pros & cons of different campsites, packing for an expedition, navigate to wild campsite for overnight camp, camp craft

Day Two

Strike camp, navigate back to base, child protection, legal responsibilities, course review and outcomes


A detailed equipment list can be downloaded here:

Lowland Leader kit list


You may be asked to use your car during the course to travel the short distances to the training venues each day. If you would like to travel to the Lakes by train, we may be able to pick you up from Windermere railway station


Hillwalking by Steve Long, and Mountaincraft & Leadership by Eric Langmuir would be useful pre-course reading

Interested? Please call for a chat on 07775 630 488

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