Mountain Leader (ML) Assessment

Price: £405.00 Per Person (inc VAT)

Location: Peak District

Duration: 5 Days

Ratio: 1:6

Availability: There are places remaining on this course



The Mountain Leader Award is designed for people who want to introduce and lead people in the mountains, hills and upland areas of the UK and Ireland. The scheme began in the 1960s and today Mountain Leaders operate the length and breadth of the country.


The award offers the opportunity to learn best practice and prove competence in mountain leadership and is recognised by private companies, local authorities, the Health and Safety executive and the Adventure Activities Licensing Service as the appropriate qualification for those leading walking groups in the UK mountains. For a definition of ‘mountainous’ terrain and specific geographical areas see Appendix 1 of the Mountain Leader handbook (link below).


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


The five-day Mountain Leader Assessment course is based in the High Peak and Lake District and assesses competence in the skills needed to lead walking groups in mountainous areas. The assessment course comprises two days based from a youth hostel in the Peak District and three days/two nights overnight expedition in the Lake District mountains. Over the course of the five days all aspects of the Mountain Leader syllabus will be assessed. Candidates should come prepared with the equipment and skills to operate independently as a leader. 


We also run a 5 day Assessment course over 2 x weekends - see our Split Weekend ML Assessment for details.


Stages in the Mountain Leader Scheme

1. Gain personal walking experience in the UK mountains. This should amount to at least twenty walking days over a period of at least twelve months in mountainous areas (e.g. Highlands of Scotland, Lake District, Snowdonia, High Peak and others).

2. Register for the ML scheme with Mountain Training. In order to do this you will need to be a current British Mountaineering Council (BMC) member. Registering for the scheme will give you access to a digital logbook where you can record your walking experience.

3. Attend a Mountain Leader Training course.

4. Consolidate experience between training and assessment courses. 5. Attend a Mountain Leader Assessment course.


Mountain Leader Award Video



Course Handbook



Download the ML Handbook 


Final Payments and Course Information

Upon booking online, the course director will email you directly within 7 days. Arrangements for final balances are also made at this point.


VAT on NGB Courses

As we work in partnership with a third party company on these courses the price is shown as including VAT above, however there is only VAT to pay on the portion that is paid to us so 20% VAT within the deposit price shown above.


Prior to attending an ML Assessment course candidates must:

Available Start Dates:

Peak District Course Information:
Minimum Age

With a few exceptions, participants aged 13+ can attend our scheduled courses independently. We offer family days out for kids age 6+, private courses to kids groups from age 9+ and scheduled courses just for ages 12-17. All participants under the age of 18 must bring a completed 'Parental Consent Form' that can be downloaded here.

Frequently Asked Questions

As our instructors and staff are often out on the hill or underground delivering courses, we have put together a detailed FAQ to help you with your queries. Click here to go to the FAQ.

London Train Connection

If necessary it is possible to travel up to the course on a weekend by getting an early train on Saturday morning - more info on our FAQ.

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