The Lowland Leader Award (LLA) is a nationally accredited award developed by MTUK (Mountain Training UK) and operated as part of a National Framework of awards for those leading and instructing in hill walking, climbing and mountaineering. The LLA is also aimed at those who have already achieved training or accreditation through the wide range of local or organisational schemes available. The minimum age for entry onto the assessment is 18.
All MTUK awards are designed for those with a personal commitment to the activity and are centered on the belief that personal experience and understanding of the inherent risks of walking and climbing is the best way to maximise safety and good judgement.
Scope of the Scheme
The Lowland Leader award offers the opportunity to gain experience and demonstrate technical competence in leading groups on one day walks in lowland countryside and woodland in summer conditions. The terrain should fit ALL of the following criteria:
- In the UK and the Republic of Ireland
- Walks must not cross any hazardous terrain (eg. cliffs, very steep slopes, water hazards, etc).
- Throughout the walk the group should never generally be more than 3km away from a key access point such as a car park, lay-by or populated area. Any potential escape routes should also lie within the scope of the defined terrain for the Lowland Leader award
- Walks will require the ability to plan routes, use simple navigation skills using a map and compass to be self-sufficient.
- Walks must follow paths or tracks that are both marked on a map and clearly visible on the ground, and that do not do not require navigation across untracked areas.
- Walks must use bridges or other recognised water crossing points.
- Walks must only take place in summer conditions (ie. when there is no unavoidable snow or ice on any part of the route).
The Lowland Leader Award Course is great for:
- Countryside Rangers
- Tourist Guides
- Parents & Guardians
- Youth Workers
- Club Leaders
This course is also available privately. Please contact us for more information.
Carbon Conservation - Give Something Back
Support the C-N-Do Scotland Carbon Conservation project and contribute to the reduction of the CO2 and Carbon released from your day to day travel by improving the natural Carbon reservoirs of Scotland.
Start time at C-N-Do office: 08:30
Training Duration: 2 days
- Be at least 18 years of age.
- Have completed an approved Lowland Leader Award training course, or been granted exemption from training by Mountain Training.
- Have logged an absolute minimum of 20 walks in Lowland terrain done on your own or with equals - no duplicates are counted. Include a breadth of Lowland terrain ie. coast, forest, farmland.
- Complete any “home papers” sent to you a couple of weeks prior to assessment and bring to the course.
- Have a valid first aid certificate (appropriate 16 hour course).
- Attend and meet the required standard on an approved Lowland Leader assessment course (16 hours minimum)
- Continuing experience entered in a log
A high proportion of the course will be practical and includes:
- Walking, route finding and navigation.
- Hazards and Emergency Procedures.
- Leadership responsibilities and group management.
- Access, conservation and environmental knowledge.
- Weather and other background knowledge.
Sorry, there is currently no video available for this activity.
Maps of the area & background reading
To get the most from your C-N-Do Scotland activity you may wish to do some background reading prior to departure.
All maps required for the course will be supplied.
Books which you may find informative are:
- Call out Mountain Rescue? A pocket guide to Safety on the Hill - Judy Whiteside
- Hillwalking - Steve Long
- History of the Countryside - Dr Oliver Wrackham
- John Craven's Countryfile Handbook - John Craven
- Leading and Managing Groups in the Outdoors - Ken C. Ogilvie
- Safety, Risk & Adventure in the Outdoors - Bob Barton
- Walking - Henry David Thoreau
Maps which you may find informative are:
- Stirling and Ochil Hills West: Alloa and Dunblane Sheet 366 - OS Explorer 1:25,000
- Campsie Fells: Kilsyth, Strathblane and Fintry Sheet 348 - OS Explorer 1:25,000
- Price: From £120pp (group)
- Instructional Days: 2 days
- Group per instructor: 4
- Meet: C-N-Do Office, Stirling
- Finish: C-N-Do Office, Stirling