sheepThe Lowland Leader award is a Mountain Training Association qualification which has been designed for people who wish to lead groups on day walks in lowland countryside and woodland in summer conditions. The majority of the UK and Ireland is made up of this type of terrain so this award is ideal for teachers, youth group volunteers and walking club leaders in the vast majority of the country.

The Lowland Leader Award is a two day training course followed by a 2 day assessment and will qualify you in the eyes of most organisations for taking groups out in Lowland countryside in the UK. There is a bolt on 'Expedition skills module' to be completed after you are qualified which some organisations may require you to do if you are in charge of taking DofE groups out.

If Lupine Adventure run your expeditions then we will give you £150 off per day for each of your staff who have completed their Lowland Leader training and can therefore look after a group in Lowland Leader terrain under our direction. We can staff your expeditions with a maximum of half your trained staff and half our qualified staff.

We run Lowland Leader trainings and assessments in partnership with Kirsty Brien. We can run lowland leader courses for established groups of four or more in areas from the Peak District to Northumberland. As so much countryside is Lowland Leader terrain this can potentially be very close to where your School or organisation is based, saving you time and money on transport and accomodation. We also run open courses on the following dates.

 Date  Type of course  Location  Price per person
 21st -22nd  April 2019  Lowland Leader Training  Nidderdale, Yorkshire (OL297)   £130
 1st -2nd June 2019  Lowland Leader Training  Nidderdale, Yorkshire (OL297)   £130

If you would like to book on one of the above dates or arrange dates and a location to suit your group of 4 or more particiants you can do so via our booking form

We understand that you may wish to discuss if the Lowland Leader is the appropriate qualification for you or your organisation and we welcome such enquiries.  If you do wish to discuss the Lowland Leader pathway, seek further information or explore the possibility of booking a bespoke course please contact us.

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The pathway to becoming a Lowland Leader


This is completed via the Mountain Training Website, you have to create an account on their Candidate Management System (if you don't have one already).

You then register for the Lowland Leader scheme which will cost £44


Before attending training you have to have logged 10 varied walks in lowland terrain where the use of a map was required. These could have been completed before you registered for the award. You then attend a 2 day training course.

Consolidation period

You then have to spend a bit of time putting what you have learnt on the training into practice.


Before you attend assessment you have to have completed 20 walks in lowland countryside in different types or terrain (woodland, costal, farmland etc). You then attend a 2 day Assessment.


Expedition Skills module

If, after you have passed your Lowland Leader Award, you decide to you can opt to do the Expedition Skills Module. This Module takes one weekend to complete and is combined training and assessment in the one weekend.

When you register for either the Lowland Leader or Hill and Moorland Leader scheme you'll automatically be registered for the Expedition Skills Module.

The prerequisites for the Expedition Skills Module are as follows:

  • You must check that you are registered for the module on the Candidate Management System (CMS)
  • You must have passed a walking leader assessment (Lowland, Hill and Moorland or Mountain)
  • You must have logged an absolute minimum of 10 overnight camps; ideally in a variety of contexts
  • You must have assissted with at least two group camps (these can be included in your 10 personal camps)
  • You must have a valid 16 hour first aid certificate, relevant to your work as a walking leader

The Lowland Leader Syllabus

Lowland Leaders should be competent in the following key areas, all of which will be covered during your two day training course.

  • 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

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