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mountain leader courses

The Mountain Leader scheme is designed for people who want to lead groups in the mountains, hills and moorlands of the UK and Ireland. If you love being out in the mountains and want to share your enthusiasm with others, become a Mountain Leader and you’ll never look back.

To get started on the Mountain Leader qualification you need to meet the following prerequisites:

  • You must be at least 18 years old

  • You should have at least a year’s worth of experience of mountain walking

  • You should have an interest in leading groups in the mountains

  • 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 meet all of the above requirements, here's what to do next:

  • Create an account on our Candidate Management System or log in if you already have one.

  • Register for the Mountain Leader scheme (this costs £65)

The Mountain Leader scheme enables experienced mountain walkers to lead groups in in the mountains, hills and moorlands of the United Kingdom and Ireland in summer conditions. 

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training course

Join Lake District Mountaineering to undertake a six day Mountain Leader training course in the North-West Lakes.  Hone your skills in the mountains of Buttermere, Ennerdale and Borrowdale with our expert trainers. 

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Assessment course

Join Lake District Mountaineering to undertake your Mountain Leader assessment.  We will do our best to help you succeed so you have the confidence to come and show us your skills on this five day assessment course.

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refresher course

Join LDM to refresh your skills.  This is a bespoke day to focus on you, your skill set and build your confidence ahead of an assessment or re-assessment date. 

Get in touch to discuss your requirements and we can put a plan together just for you! 

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re-assessment days

Book Lake District Mountaineering to oversee your re-assessment.  We can cater for all deferral types and help to create an atmosphere you can thrive. 

Get in touch to discuss your requirements. 

WHAT customers SAY


Fantastic day out with Sam. Very informative and hands. Didn’t matter that it poured down most of the day!
Would thoroughly recommend

Sam was very knowledgable and friendly. He found out what I needed to achieve and based the training around that. A brill weekend.

Westmorland cairn on Great Gable

Really great course. Learnt a lot and feel a lot more confident in using a map and compass. Nice small group (4 of us). Sam is very knowledgable and friendly. Keen to do further courses with Lake District Mountaineering!


My husband booked a bespoke navigation course with Sam. Sam kept everything so simple and easy to follow, that by the end of the day I felt I had a good basic grasp of navigating. Can't wait to put my new skills to good use.

Thanks Sam. I had a brilliant time and highly recommend your courses for anyone wanting to gain more confidence when out on the fells!!


We look forward to hearing from you and working towards your mountaineering ambitions and helping to achieve your goals. 

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