The Hill and Moorland Leader qualification run by Leading Edge 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.
You will need to be at least 18 years old and have at least a year's worth of experience of hill walking. It is a required for you to attend the course that you are 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) and that you have an interesting in leading.
Before you book onto a Leading Edge Hill and Moorland Leader Award, make sure you have registered on the scheme with Mountain Training.
This course was formerly known as Walking Group Leader. 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.
What does Hill and Moorland Leader cover?
Walking and Route Finding
Hazards and Emergency Procedures
Responsibilities of the Leader
Access, Conservation and Environmental Knowledge
Detailed information on each of the above topics can be found in the Hill and Moorland Leader Handbook.