The Lowland Leader is a nationally accredited award scheme from Mountain Training, designed to train and assess those who want to gain a qualification to lead groups on day-walks in lowland countryside, woodland and coastal areas in summer conditions. The award has two parts: training and assessment, each comprising two days, and Graham Uney Mountaineering offers both at carefully selected venues. This gives you the ideal learning environment along with the chance to discover some of the most beautiful lowland walking destinations in the UK.
The Lowland Leader training covers the following subjects:
The full syllabus and Scheme Handbook can be viewed on the Mountain Training website here
- Leadership Skills and Group Management
- Walking Skills
- Planning a Walk
- Basic Map Work and Route-finding Skills
- Hazards and Emergency Procedures
- Environmental Awareness, Conservation, Access and Land Ownership
Our Lowland Leader training courses and assessments each take place over two days with outdoor sessions entirely on footpaths or trails that offer suitable terrain within the scope of the award, with plenty of learning opportunities. The teaching each day is informal and friendly and will include the opportunity for candidates to lead groups themselves.
How do I join?
You must register for this award with Mountain Training before you can take part in the training course. Registration costs £44 – payable to Mountain Training upon registering. This gives you access to the superb DLOG online logbook. You must then personally undertake and log an absolute minimum of 10 varied walks in lowland terrain where the use of a map is required, OR have attended a Hill and Mountain Skills Scheme course. You will then be eligible to attend the Lowland Leader training course.
After attending the Lowland Leader training course, you then need to undertake a consolidation period and complete an appropriate First Aid course, before you can attend a Lowland Leader assessment course. After successfully completing an assessment, you then also have the option to attend an Expedition Skills Module, which is for walking leaders who want to take their groups on multi-day camping expeditions.
LOWLAND LEADER AWARD TRAINING DATES AND LOCATIONS
2–3 October 2017 - Lowther Valley, Cumbria
6-7 November 2017 - Eden Valley, Cumbria
LOWLAND LEADER AWARD ASSESSMENT DATES AND LOCATIONS
18-19 November 2017 - Lowther Valley, Cumbria
Our Lowland Leader courses cost £135 per person for training and £135 per person for assessment. This fee does NOT include the Mountain Training registration fee (see How do I join?, above). These courses are not residential, but we can suggest accommodation options.
To ensure a valuable learning experience, all our courses have a minimum instructor to candidate ratio of 1:4. Booking is essential on all our courses. Contact us by
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Local authorities, groups and clubs
We can also provide Lowland Leader Award courses for groups and clubs on other dates, and can offer discounts for bookings of four or more. These would be arranged as private courses, for members of your group or club only. Please contact us to discuss a private course.