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 a wide range of local or organisational schemes available. The minimum age for entry into the scheme is 17.
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 hill 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 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.
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Start time at C-N-Do office: 18.00
Training Duration: 2⅓ days
The purpose of this scheme is to promote safe enjoyment of Lowland areas as defined above.
- Be at least 17 years of age.
- Open account and register for Lowland Leader award on MTUK website.
- Have done and logged an absolute minimum of 10 varied walks in Lowland terrain where the use of a map is required.
As it is aimed at potential leaders, this course assume a basic competence as a countryside walker. It emphasises those skills that a participant may have difficulty in learning without expert guidance. 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.
Training courses have a staff ratio of no greater than 1:6. Attendance at a training course is not a qualification in itself.
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Maps of the area & background reading
To get the most from he course, you may wish to do some background reading beforehand. A copy of 'Hillwalking' will be supplied on conclusion of the course.
All maps reqired for the course will be provided.
Books which you may find informative are:
- Call out Mountain Rescue? A pocket guide to Safety on the Hill - Judy Whiteside
- Hillwalking : The Official Handbook of the Mountain Training Walking Schemes - 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
- Grade: -
- Price: £135
- Instructional Days: Evening + 2 days
- Group per instructor: 4-6
- Meet: C-N-Do Office, Stirling
- Finish: C-N-Do Office, Stirling