Hill & Moorland Leaders (HML) Training

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 training course will follow the MT Hill and Moorland Leader syllabus. In particular it will look at practical skills and techniques required when leading and supervising groups in open country. The program is flexible and 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 course is three days long. Each day we will begin by looking at the weather forecast, then discussing the destination and equipment requirements for the day.

HML Course Content 2018

Pre-course requirements:

  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • You should have at least a year’s worth of experience of hill walking
  • You should have an interest in leading groups in the hills
  • You must be a member of a mountaineering council: BMC, Mountaineering Scotland or Mountaineering Ireland (you can join one when you register if you’re not already a member) – find out why

If you can tick all of the above boxes, here’s what to do next:

  • Create an account on MTs Candidate Management System or log in if you already have one.
  • Register for the Hill and Moorland Leader scheme (this costs £44)

Please email our DofE and Course Co-ordinator on dofe@andertoncentre.co.uk for our latest prices and availability. 


16th – 18th March 2018

22nd – 24th June 2018

17th – 19th November 2018

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