Mountain Training - HML Hill and Moorland Leader Award

A nationally accredited award for those people wanting to lead people in the hills and moors of the UK.


The Hill and Moorland Leader award (HML)is designed for people who want to lead groups in the hill and moorland areas of the UK and Ireland. This award is a wonderful opportunity to learn the leadership skills required to feel confident about taking people out walking. As you may have guessed from the descriptive title of this award, it focuses on non-mountainous terrain.

 In a previous life this award was called the Walking Group Leader, and we think the new name better describes the award and makes more sense. This way, everyone knows where they (can) stand. The 'overnight experience' element of the WGL has been removed and we've created a separate Expedition Skills Module which can be 'bolted on' to the Hill and Moorland Leader (or indeed the Lowland Leader) if you want to increase the scope of your award to include multi-day expeditions. 

Leaders seeking to take groups into mountain terrain should register for the ML Award, although the WGL Award can be a valuable stepping stone for those wishing to progress to the ML scheme.

You will learn such skills as group management, navigation, emergency procedures, access and conservation and remote supervision. 

Our HML training and assessment courses are run over three consecutive days.

 Before you register make sure you can answer yes to the following questions: 

• Are you at least 18 years old? 
• Do you have a genuine interest in leading groups? 
• Do you have at least 12 months hill walking experience? 



Before undertaking the HML you should have a minimum of one year's hillwalking experience and an interest in leading groups. To get the most out of your training course you should have logged at least 20 day hillwalks.

Not sure whether to choose Mountain Leader or Hill and Moorland Leader?

Think of HML as ML without the wild camping, the movement on steep ground or the ropework. The standard of navigation is the same but does not involve steep or rocky terrain. You are expected to navigate with the same accuracy as for ML but over terrain known variously as moorland, hill, fell, bog or down. The terrain is well defined by obvious boundaries, such as roads and coastlines.
Please note you must be registered with both the BMC and the WGL scheme before attending the training course. Please visit



  • Course Length: There will be a flexible structure to training course delivery based around a minimum of 30 hours contact time.
  • Staff Ratio: 1:6 minimum and 2:12 maximum
  • Venue: North East of England and Pennines 
  • Cost: Part Residentially based Training and Assessment courses each cost £275
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