Lowland Leader Training

A lowland leader qualification will allow you to lead groups on day trips in lowland countryside in summer conditions.

Plas y Brenin

2 Days

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Plas y Brenin


2 Days

Instructor Ratio


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In this Mountain Training accredited course, you’ll cover the areas of knowledge you need to guide people in the countryside and woodland  This includes leadership skills and group management, walking skills, planning, basic mapwork and route-finding skills, equipment hazards, and emergency procedures.

We’ll also look at environmental awareness, conservation, access, and land ownership. You’ll have two enjoyable days walking around the lowlands of Snowdonia stretching your legs whilst learning everything you need for this award.

The Objectives 

  • To get you acquainted with the Lowland Leader scheme and introduce you to all the skills you’ll need to get qualified.
  • To have a mix of indoor and outdoor learning with the guidance of our expert instructors in a supportive, friendly environment.
  • To develop an action plan for your consolidation period and help prepare you for your Lowland Leader assessment.

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What to Expect

You’ll spend two days covering the key elements from the Mountain Training syllabus, including:

  • Leadership Skills and Group Management
  • Walking Skills
  • Planning a Walk
  • Basic Mapwork and Route-Finding Skills
  • Equipment
  • Hazards and Emergency Procedures
  • Environmental Awareness, Conservation, Access and Land Ownership

There will be theoretical evening sessions between 5:30-6:30pm.

Experience Required

You must have either an up-to-date logbook (preferably DLOG) with evidence of 10 varied walks in low-level terrain (pre- or post-registration) OR have attended a walking and navigation personal skills training course recognised by Mountain Training (Hill Skills or Mountain Skills)

How Should I Prepare?

You’ll get most benefit from the course if you’re fit, and have some experience of using a map and compass. You should have an interest in Leading others and helping them to learn about the countryside.

Make sure you are registered with Mountain Training and that you have familiarised yourself with the Lowland Leader Qualification syllabus.

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Note: Our instructors will assess any safety equipment you bring with you. If they consider it to be below the required standard, you will be asked to use equipment provided by Plas y Brenin.

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Why Plas y Brenin?

Plas y Brenin is at the forefront of outdoor instruction. Whether you are starting a career in the outdoors, or just want to take an adventure holiday, PYB is the place for you.

We inspire explorers. We train trainers. We’re internationally recognised. We’ve been around since 1798, with our earliest guests including Queen Victoria. Since then, we’ve focussed on providing the best customer experience, working alongside some of the greatest, 007 included.

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Everyone at Plas y Brenin, from staff to visitors, is excited about adventures and inspired to get outside. Our guests return year after year to experience all that North Wales offers.