Hill and Moorland Leader Training (HML)

Hill and Moorland Leader (HML) Training Course in partnership with Adventure Unlimited


The freedom of the Hills is a gift that you want to pass on. Sharing your knowledge and experience with others in a safe and educational way is the name of the game. This could be the start of a new career for you. Good Luck!

Hill and Moorland Leader Training (HML)

Price : £230.00 per person

Location : Peak District

Duration : 3 Days

Ratio : 1:6

Minimum age : 18

What's Included :

  • Complimentary refreshments at The Adventure Hub

Share Course :


  • Start your journey to become a Hill and Moorland Leader
  • Excellent staff and facilities

Course Overview

The Hill and Moorland Leader scheme is designed for those leading hillwalkers in non-mountainous, upland areas of the UK and Ireland and looks at the leadership skills required to confidently lead walking groups in such areas. The Hill and Moorland Leader is a nationally recognised qualification and is administered by Mountain Training. The award is particularly relevant to teachers, scout leaders and those involved in supervising Duke of Edinburgh expeditions for young people in upland areas of the UK. The scheme is open to all hillwalkers who are at least eighteen years of age and interested in leading in the hills.

Our three-day Hill and Moorland Leader Training course is based in the High Peak and is designed to give a thorough introduction to the skills needed to lead walking groups. There is a strong focus on the practical skills which leaders of groups need and navigation away from paths is a key part of this. Practical sessions are supplemented by evening lectures on subjects such as upland weather and emergency procedures.

Mountain Training England provider Adventure Unlimited in conjunction with Pure Outdoor is offering the opportunity to participate in a HML Training course based from Pure Outdoor HQ.

Registration with MTUK prior to attending 

To register you should have at least twelve months experience of hill walking. You must also have an interest in leadership of groups in the hills and be at least eighteen years of age. Candidates with particular requirements or special needs may wish to contact Pure Outdoor staff for advice and guidance.


  • Gain personal hill walking experience. This should amount to at least twenty hill walking days over a period of at least twelve months.
  • Register for the Hill and Moorland Leader scheme with Mountain Training. In order to do this you will need to be a current member of a UK mountaineering council e.g. British Mountaineering Council (BMC). Registering for the scheme will give you access to a digital logbook (DLOG) where you can record your hillwalking experience.
  • Attend a Hill and Moorland Leader Training course.
  • Consolidate experience between training and assessment courses.
  • Attend a Hill and Moorland Leader Assessment course. Before attending an assessment course candidates must have completed a minimum of 40 walks in at least 3 different upland areas. You must also hold a current, valid first aid certificate.

Course Outcomes

Hill and Moorland Leaders should be competent in the following key areas, all of which will be covered, to a greater or lesser extent, during your three day training course.

  • Walking and Route Finding
  • Navigation
  • Hazards and Emergency Procedures
  • Equipment
  • Responsibilities of the Leader
  • Group Management
  • Access, Conservation and Environmental Knowledge
  • Weather

Course Information

Kit list outlined in the booking confirmation

Prior to attending this course candidates must:

  • Be at least eighteen years of age
  • Have experienced at least twenty days walking in mountainous or upland areas of the UK. This experience should have been gained over at least a twelve month period.
  • Have registered for the Hill and Moorland Leader Award with Mountain Training. In order to register for an award with Mountain Training you must be a current member of the British Mountaineering Council (BMC). Note: it is not necessary to have registered with Mountain Training to book a place on the course. Registration can take place between booking and the start of the course.

  • Where possible we encourage car sharing as part of this course.
  • Our training centre, The Adventure Hub is Carbon Neutral
  • Staff are trained to prolong the life of equipment used on this course, where it is possible to recycle equipment at the end of it's life, we do so appropriately
  • We operate in small teams to reduce our impact on the local area and stakeholders of the venues we use
  • We donate the value of 5% of all sales to The Pure Outdoor Foundation
  • We're only a 5 minute walk from Bamford station and encourage the use of public transport and provide free camping kit for anyone looking at camping locally and looking to cut down on luggage


Start time: 09:00 - Finish time: . Please note, these times are approximate and could be subject to minor changes. Please leave plenty of time when booking public transport.

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There are currently no course dates listed for this course, please contact us if you are interested and we can let you know when dates will be published.

Our instructors can be booked privately to deliver this course. Benefit from private tuition, pick a date that suits you and your instructor can design the day to suit your needs. You can hire one of our instructors from just £199 per day. Click here to book a private course.