The Lowland Leader Award

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The Lowland Leader Award has been designed for people who wish to lead groups on day walks in lowland countryside and woodland in summer conditions. The majority of the UK & Ireland is made up of this type of terrain so you'll never be short of places to go walking.

The leadership opportunities for Lowland Leaders are varied and far reaching, from the South West Coast Path to the Great Glen way and the tracks and trails on the island of Ireland; walking in lowland areas can be no less spectacular than walking high up in the mountains. And with campaigns and initiatives such as Get Ireland Walking, Britain on Foot and Walking for Health proving really popular, there's no better time to be a walking leader.

he Lowland Leader Award is for leading groups on lowland tracks that are clearly marked on both the land and the map.


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Lowland Leader Award Overview and syllabus

Lowland Leader Award Skills Check List

Lowland Leader Award Trainers and Assessors Guidance

Lowland Leader Award Scope 

Registering for the Lowland Leader Award:

Before registration candidates:
  • Must be at least 17 to register and train, but 18 years old for assessment.
  • Be a current member of one of the three Mountaineering Councils; Mountaineering Ireland, the British Mountaineering Council or Mountaineering Scotland. (You can join one when you register if you are not already a member). Non-members can contact Mountaineering Ireland on 01 6251115 to avail of a combined Membership and award registration discount.  
  • Should have an interest in leading groups in lowland countryside
  • Before attending the training you must have completed and logged at least 10 varied walks in Lowland terrain where the use of a map is required (ideally these will be recorded in your digital logbook) which can have taken place at any point (pre- or post-registration)
    OR Have attended a walking and navigational personal skills training course recognised by Mountaineering Ireland and or Mountain Training (such as Mountain Skills or Hill and Mountain Skills) 

Optional Expedition Skills Module:

After successful completion of the Lowland Leader Award assessment, a candidate can choose to attend a two day Expedition Skills Module which is delivered as a combined training and assessment course. The module covers leading overnight expeditions, remote supervision, and teaching navigation.

For more information please contact the Mountaineering Ireland Training Office.



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