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Hill and Moorland Leader Assessment in Lancashire

£ 300

Chorley, Lancashire

Hill and Moorland Leader Assessment in Lancashire
Minimum age: 18
Chorley, Lancashire
Max. group size: 8
Cancellation: Strict
£ 300

Activity Highlights:

The Hill and Moorland Leader Assessment is a specialised program designed for those passionate about leading groups in the hills and moorlands of the UK and Ireland. This 3-day assessment is the final step in achieving the Hill and Moorland Leader qualification, ideal for walkers looking to develop the necessary skills for effective group leadership in remote and upland environments.

Key Details

  • Price: £300 per person
  • Duration: 3 days, 9am-5pm
  • Membership Requirements: Must be a member of BMC, Mountaineering Scotland, or Mountaineering Ireland

Assessment Breakdown

  • The assessment covers practical skills and knowledge required for Hill and Moorland leadership, including navigation, group management, understanding of weather, emergency procedures, and environmental knowledge.
  • The assessment is run by approved providers, ensuring a comprehensive evaluation of your skills and readiness for the qualification.

Prerequisites

  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • You must have a keen interest in leading groups in the hills.
  • You must have attended a Hill and Moorland Leader training course (or have been granted exemption) – you can book this with our centre at the bottom of this page.
  • You must have logged a minimum of 40 quality hillwalking days in at least three different upland areas of the UK and Ireland.
  • You must have physically attended and completed (i.e. not online) a first aid course which involved at least two full days or sixteen hours of instruction and included an element of assessment – you can book this with our centre at the bottom of this page.
  •  You must have membership in a mountaineering council (BMC, Mountaineering Scotland, or Mountaineering Ireland).
  • You must register for the Hill and Moorland Leader scheme (this costs £65) – we can help you to do this.

Why Choose Us?

Our centre offers a supportive and professional environment for your Hill and Moorland Leader Assessment. With experienced assessors who are deeply knowledgeable about the upland environments of the UK and Ireland, we ensure a thorough and fair assessment process. We’re committed to helping you succeed and become a confident, competent Hill and Moorland Leader, equipped to safely and effectively lead groups in some of the most beautiful and remote areas.

Join us to take the final step in your leadership journey and enjoy the wild places as a qualified Hill and Moorland Leader!

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What's Included:

  • Professional assessment by qualified and experienced assessors.
  • Use of any specific equipment required for the assessment.

What's Not Included:

  • Personal hillwalking gear (appropriate clothing, boots, etc.).
  • Food and accommodation (we have options available upon request).
  • Travel expenses to and from the assessment location.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The assessment focuses on practical skills necessary for leading groups in hill and moorland areas. Key components include navigation, group management, emergency procedures, understanding weather conditions, environmental awareness, and decision-making skills in remote areas. The assessment is designed to test your competence in all these areas over a 3-day period.

To be eligible, you must be at least 18 years old, have attended a Hill and Moorland Leader training course or received an exemption, logged a minimum of 40 Quality Hillwalking Days in at least three different upland areas of the UK and Ireland, and completed a physical first aid course of at least 16 hours. Additionally, you need to be a member of the BMC, Mountaineering Scotland, or Mountaineering Ireland.

Yes! We offer both at our centre. Take a look at all of our courses and book onto them at the bottom of this page. If you would like to book all three as a package, send the adventuro team a message via the online chat and they will help to organise this for you.

Preparation should include revising skills learned during the training course, ensuring you are comfortable with all aspects of the syllabus, honing your navigation and group management skills, and being physically prepared for three full days of assessment in hill and moorland terrain. It’s also important to have your logbook up to date with your Quality Hillwalking Days.

You should bring appropriate personal hillwalking gear, including suitable clothing, boots, waterproofs, and any personal navigational equipment. While specific equipment needed for the assessment is provided, you are expected to come prepared with your own gear to ensure your comfort and safety during the assessment. We can provide a full kit list upon booking.

The qualification enables you to lead groups in hill and moorland areas of the UK and Ireland. These areas are typically more remote than those used by Lowland Leaders but do not include the steep and rocky terrain often encountered by Mountain Leaders. It’s ideal for those looking to lead educational, recreational, or adventure activities in upland areas.

A ‘Quality Hillwalking Day’ is a term used in outdoor leadership qualifications, particularly in the UK and Ireland, to define a certain standard of experience gained during a day of hillwalking. The criteria for what constitutes a Quality Hillwalking Day generally includes the following elements:

  • Varied Terrain: The walk should cover a variety of terrains, including some more challenging or complex ground that requires careful navigation and route planning.
  • Significant Distance and Ascent: The walk should be of a sufficient distance and involve a reasonable amount of ascent (elevation gain), to demonstrate endurance and fitness.
  • Navigation Skills: The day should involve the use of map and compass skills under varying conditions. This could include navigating in poor visibility, such as mist or fog, or off-path navigation.
  • Decision Making: The walker should be involved in the decision-making process, such as route planning, assessing conditions, and making navigational choices.
  • Leadership Experience: For those training to be leaders, the day may also involve taking responsibility for a group, making it a more valuable experience in terms of leadership development.
  • Weather Conditions: Walking in different weather conditions can contribute to the quality of the day, as dealing with adverse weather requires additional skills and judgment.
  • Duration: The walk should typically last most of the day. It’s not just about distance covered or time spent, but the overall experience and learning gained from the day.

Quality Hillwalking Days are logged as part of the experience required for qualifications including the Hill and Moorland Leader Award. These logged days are a way for individuals to demonstrate they have substantial and varied experience in hillwalking, which prepares them for leading groups in similar environments.

Accommodation is not included in this course. However, it can be arranged upon request and subject to availablity. The majority of our bedrooms sleep between 3 to 4 in bunk beds in each room. Sheets, duvets and pillows are provided. All rooms are en-suite.

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  • You can cancel until 48 hours before your booking for a full refund.
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 24 hours beforehand and the full amount after 24 hours.
  • Where applicable, deposit payments are non-refundable.

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  • You can cancel until 5 days before your booking for a full refund.
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 48 hours beforehand and the full amount after 48 hours.
  • Where applicable, deposit payments are non-refundable.

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  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 14 days before their booking.
  • If you cancel between 7 and 14 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost.
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount.
  • Where applicable, deposit payments are non-refundable.

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  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 30 days before your booking.
  • If you cancel between 7 and 30 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost.
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount.
  • You can also receive a full refund if you cancel within 48 hours of paying if the cancellation occurs at least 14 days before the booking starts.
  • Where applicable, deposit payments are non-refundable.

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