Hill and Moorland Leaders (HML) Assessment

Book-Now-Button-PNG-PhotosGet away from the paths and enjoy our wild places as a Hill and Moorland Leader. This qualification is ideal for walkers who want to learn the skills required for effective group leadership in the hill and moorland areas of the UK and Ireland. It is used extensively by those involved with delivering the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award as well as many walk leaders and outdoor instructors. Hill and Moorland Leaders operate in terrain that is generally more remote than that used by Lowland Leaders and not as steep or rocky as ground covered by Mountain Leaders.

The course covers the syllabus of the award meeting the standards set by Mountain Training.  More details can be found on the Mountain Training website: Hill & Moorland Leader Award.

Three mainly practical days are spent on the local moors and upland areas in the North West of England. The program may be revised at short notice to take account of weather and other considerations, in such a way as to satisfy the spirit and detail of the Hill and Moorland Leader syllabus. The three days are generally split as follows:

HML Assesment Course Content 2018

Pre-course requirements:

  • You must have attended a Hill and Moorland Leader training course (or have been granted exemption)
  • You must be familiar with the syllabus
  • You must have logged a minimum of 40 Quality Hillwalking Days in at least three different upland areas of the UK and Ireland
  • You must hold a current first aid certificate, minimum 16 hours and relevant to your work as a Hill and Moorland Leader


Candidates are expected to provide all of their own equipment and maps. You will need

  • OS Explorer 287 West Pennine Moors.
  • OS Explorer OL2 Yorkshire Dales S & W.
  • OS Explorer Map OL 21: South Pennines

We have a small supply of maps should you not have access to your own for these areas.

You should bring all normal clothing and footwear suited to operating in the terrain within the remit of your award. You will be asked to demonstrate what you need to carry as a Leader.

Course Dates:

16th – 18th March 2018

17th – 19th August 2018

17th – 19th November 2018

Cost: £195 / 255 Residential

Please note that courses need a min number of 4 candidates to run.

Venue: Anderton Centre, New Road, Nr Chorley PR6 9HG

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Recommended Reading:

  • Hillwalking by Steve Long (MLTUK official pub.)
  • Mountain Navigation by Peter Cliff

Also recommended reading

  • Looking at Weather by Ingrid Holfard
  • Mountain Weather by Pedgley
  • Weather for Hillwalkers & Climbers by M Thomas

Complaints procedure

All of the Mountain Training award schemes are subject to continuous monitoring and review.  Candidates who have any feedback to give on their courses, both conduct and content, are encouraged to submit written comments to the Provider and/or to Mountain Training as a part of that review process.

If for any reason you find it necessary to raise concerns about an aspect of the delivery of your training or assessment then you should contact the Course Director.

If the dialogue with the Course Director fails to resolve these concerns then candidates should contact an officer within the relevant Mountain Training Board.

Candidates are encouraged to decide whether their concerns take the form of a complaint, where some aspect of the course was unsatisfactory but the outcome is uncontested or an appeal where a candidate believes the assessment result is incorrect and wishes the board to arbitrate.

Full details of the complaints and appeals policy are available at www.policyaddress.org