Outdoor Adventure and Sports Coaching


Course Title: Lowland Leader Award Training
Course Code: OR128

The Lowland Leader Award 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 you'll never be short of places to go walking.

The leadership opportunities for Lowland Leaders are varied and far reaching, from the South West Coast Path to the Great Glen Way; walking in lowland areas can be no less spectacular than walking high up in the mountains - and with campaigns such as Britain on Foot and Walking for Health proving really popular there’s never been a better time to be a walking leader.

Candidates need to register via the Mountain Training website http://www.mountain-training.org/
This is a prerequisite for the Lowland Leader Assessment Course.



Lowland Leader Award Training

Course Content

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
Hazards and Emergency Procedures
Environmental Awareness, Conservation, Access and Land Ownership

Detailed information on each of the above topics can be found in the Lowland Leader Handbook and the onus is on you to be competent in all of them by the time you come to assessment.

Consolidation: The period between training and assessment varies in length for each person and is an opportunity to develop your skills, paying particular attention to any weaknesses identified during the training course. We recommend at least three months between training and assessment and if it takes you a few years to feel ready, that’s fine too. You can use the excuse 'I'm preparing for assessment' to have as many walking adventures as you like, so get out there and explore this beautiful country of ours!

Entry Requirements

You should have an interest in leading groups in lowland countryside. You should have personally undertaken and logged an absolute minimum of ten varied walks in lowland terrain where the use of a map is required or have attended a walking and navigation personal skills training course recognised by Mountain Training. Minimum age of 17.

Next Steps

Lowland Leader Award Assessment The Lowland Leader assessment is 2 days long (minimum 16 hours contact time) Expedition Skills Module for overnight activities

Career Opportunities

This is a nationally recognised Award which will allow you to operate as a leader of walking parties in rural countryside, forests and lowland areas