Lowland Leader Award - Training

This two day Lowland Leader Award course trains candidates in the skills required to lead day walks in lowland countryside and woodland environments.

The course allows candidates to build on their existing experience and demonstrate their ability in leading groups in summer conditions. Course content will include leadership skills and group management, walking skills, planning a walk, basic mapwork and route-finding skills, equipment, hazards, emergency procedures and more.

Candidates will be eligible for the Lowland Leader Award assessment following this training after a consolidation period.

Ashdown Forest

Course detail

On completion of the course, potential lowland leaders are expected to have gained the technical competence required for leading day walks in lowland countryside and woodland in summer conditions.

The course is delivered at both Essex Outdoors Danbury, ideally suited with easy access to open countryside and farm lands and East Sussex near Ashdown Forest, for a slightly more challenging environment. These are also a popular locations for DofE expeditions. Candidates will be required to walk with a small day sack carrying vital equipment. 

Course content will include:

Day 1 - Classroom / Outdoors

  Meet the Instructors
  Outline of the training
  Logbook inspection
  Introduction to the LLA scheme and your expectations
  Orienteering course
  Equipment lecture
  Basic weather information
  Navigation training
  Route Planning exercise

Day 2 - Navigation Practice on planned route - Outdoors

  Emergency procedures
  Environment awareness
  Comprehensive action plan/skills check list.
  Return logbooks
  Outline of LLA assessment

Kit list

What you need to bring:

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Suitable outdoor clothing
  • Walking boots (no trainers)
  • Comfortable casual clothing
  • Gloves and warm hat
  • Day sack liner (bin bag)
  • Water bottle/vacuum flask
  • Small first aid kit
  • Notebook and pencil
  • Gaiters
  • Head torch
  • Toiletries
  • Compass and whistle
  • Waterproof map case
  • 1:25000 scale OS Maps specific to the location of the course
  • Completed Mountain Training Dlog
  • Anything else you feel will assist you
  • Packed lunch and supplementary food requirements for each day

Listed below are some useful books to read:

  •  Hill walking (S Long MLTUK 2004)
  • Mountain craft and leadership (E Langmuir)
  • LLA scheme Handbook (PDF available as a free download from MT
  • The Countryside code (Countryside Agency)


The following must be fulfilled prior to registering for the LLA award:

  1. Registration with the Mountain Training Candidate Management System (CMS) - if you already have a candidate number, click Existing Candidate. If unregistered click New Candidate and complete the online forms (this is free).
  2. Register with the LLA Award - registration cost is £44. During the registration process, walking experience must be entered on the Dlog. This must be printed out and given to the course instructor on the first day of training. Your Dlog should evidence that you have personally undertaken and logged an absolute minimum of ten varied walks in Lowland terrain where the use of a map is required. Or have attended a walking and navigation personal skills training course recognised by Mountain Training.

A satisfactorily completed Dlog is an essential pre-course requirement for successful completion of your LLA training.

Please note, Essex Outdoors uses an approved Mountain Training provider to deliver the Lowland Leader courses.

Essex Outdoors offers the relevant first aid training courses to meet the needs of this award. Click here for more information.

Course Info

2 Days
Ashdown Forest East Sussex
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