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The Hill and Moorland Leader award is designed for people who want to lead walking groups in hill and moorland areas in the UK and Ireland.
6 - 9 April 2020 £225 Waddow Hall

If you want to lead groups on walks around hill and moorland areas, and venture of the footpaths, then this award will teach you everything you need.

How much experience do you need?

The course is designed for leaders who are over 18 and have a least one year’s experience of hill walking.

What does the course cover?

The training covers walking and route finding, navigation, hazards and emergency procedures, equipment, the responsibilities of the leader, group management, access, conservation and environmental knowledge, and weather.

How do you gain the full qualification?

To gain the qualification you will have to complete training and the assessment at different times. The length of time between the training and the assessment varies upon the individual as you will need to log a specified number of hill walking days in three different locations in the UK or Ireland.

Girlguiding’s Activity Centres aim to run at least one training and assessment course each year so you can complete both your training and assessment elements with us.

What does the event price include?

The price includes three days training or assessment, three nights full board accommodation, transport during the course and all instructional costs. It does not include course registration fees or membership fees which the candidates would have to arrange themselves through mountain training.

Diamond fund

As part of the Duke of Edinburgh Diamond fund, we are offering free places to Girlguiding leaders who also run DofE activities, on our Hill and Moorland Leader and Paddle Sport Leader training courses.

To be eligible for the free places you must be Girlguiding leader and run DofE activities, and meet one of the following criteria:

  • live in an area of deprivation
  • run a unit/DofE in an area of deprivation, or
  • have girls in your unit/DofE group who are from an area of deprivation.

To find out if you’re eligible, email

The grant will cover full board accommodation, transport during the course and the training and assessment.

You will need to cover the cost of your travel to and from the centre and your Mountain Training registration fee of £45.


Centre information

Waddow Hall

Waddow Hall is a 17th-century manor house set in 180 acres of beautiful parkland overlooking the River Ribble.

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