Courses & Training
Accordion Hill & Moorland Leader Training
Get 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 prerequisites for registration are as follows:  
  • 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
  • Must have attended a hill & moorland leader training course and completed the required consolidation days
Aims:
Assesment
 
Outcomes:
Covers Mountain Training syllabus for NGB Award
 
Instructors (s)
 
Dates:
15-17 March 2019
 
Cost:
£185 (non residential)
Accordion Lowland Leader Award
The Lowland Leader award has been designed for people who wish to lead groups on day walks in lowland countryside and woodland in summer conditions. The majority of the UK and Ireland is made up of this type of terrain so you'll never be short of places to go walking. 
 
The leadership opportunities for Lowland Leaders are varied and far reaching, from the South West Coast Path to the Great Glen Way; walking in lowland areas can be no less spectacular than walking high up in the mountains. And with campaigns such as Britain on Foot and Walking for Health proving really popular, there’s never been a better time to be a walking leader.  
 
The prerequisites for registration are as follows:  
  • You must be at least 17 years old  
  • You should have an interest in leading groups in lowland countryside
Aims:
Preparation for leadership assessment
 
Outcomes:
Covers Mountain Training syllabus for NGB Award
 
Instructors (s)
 
Dates:
1 - 2 December 2018
 
Cost:
£125 (non residential)
Accordion Hill and Mountain Skills
Walking in the hills can be an exciting but daunting prospect if you have never done it before. To stay safe and enjoy your time on the hill you will benefit from some basic skills and expertise to support you on your way. The Hill & Mountain Skills courses are designed to give you just that. They aim to equip you with basic knowledge and safety skills, increasing your confidence to participate in more hill and mountain walking in your own time.
 
People hill walk for many reasons, but a significant motivating factor is the sense of freedom that you gain from exploring the great outdoors. Discovering new places and challenging yourself adds to the whole experience and within the UK and Ireland there are vast areas to explore and enjoy.
 
The Hill & Mountain Skills courses are nationally accredited and developed by Mountain Training. The courses are widely available through our network of course providers. The courses are delivered by our approved course tutors, who are all experienced Mountain Training award holders and work on behalf of the course provider.
 
Which course is for me?
 
There are two courses as part of the scheme: Hill Skills and Mountain Skills. Both are open to anyone aged 12 or over.
 
Hill Skills
The Hill Skills course is your key to getting started in countryside walking. There is no experience of hill walking required to attend a Hill Skills course because the content of the course is aimed at beginners. If you do have some experience of hill walking but aren’t confident about planning walks, navigating and understanding the equipment required, then the Hill Skills course is an ideal way to learn.
 
 
Mountain Skills
The Mountain Skills course is an ideal choice for walkers interested in transferring their walking skills to steep, remote or more mountainous terrain. Ideally, participants will have some basic hill walking experience and have a reasonable level of fitness. Courses are run in the higher mountain areas of the UK and Ireland.
 
 
The prerequisites for registration are as follows: 
  • You must be at least 12 years old (no previous experience required)
Aims:
To equip you with the knowledge & awareness to plan your own journey
 
Outcomes:
Competent in planning and carrying out your own hill or mountain journey (not a leadership award)
 
 
Dates:
2 days - bespoke
 
Cost:
£100 (non residential)
Accordion National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) (Bronze-Gold)
The National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) is a personal performance, non-competitive, incentive scheme for all ages to learn navigation skills and gain confidence to get out and enjoy the countryside.  
 
Bronze: 
The Bronze National Navigation Award is a practical hands-on award. It is aimed at people with no navigation experience whether you are new to the outdoors or have been relying on others, guidebooks or easy well-defined routes. 
 
It is also the starting point for many Duke of Edinburgh students, scouts and guides and cadets who are looking to develop their outdoor skills. NNAS Bronze award is accredited by the Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at Level 4, and 2 SCQF credit points are awarded on completion. (See FAQs for more
 
The syllabus of the Bronze National Navigation Award teaches navigation in the countryside using paths tracks and other linear features. Basic map interpretation and compass work is also included. 
 
Silver: 
The Silver National Navigation Award develops the navigation skills acquired at the Bronze level. It adds skills required to navigate to features and places some distance from paths and tracks. It teaches accurate compass work. It will also teach you to select the suitable navigational techniques to cross open country. 
 
Silver National Navigation Award courses are taught in areas with access to open country and involve periods where you’ll be navigating away from paths and tracks. 
 
Gold:  
The Gold National Navigation Award builds on the skills acquired at the Bronze and Silver levels and adds techniques and skills for dealing with complex contour features both large and small. 
 
The Gold National Navigation Award is delivered in two parts with separate Training and Assessment courses giving you ample time to practice. 
 
Gold courses are run by tutors who not only have plenty of top level navigation experience but also have been on a special NNAS-run course in tutoring Gold courses.
 
The prerequisites for registration are as follows: 
  • Bronze - No previous experience required
  • Silver - Some previous experience required
  • Gold - Must be experienced
Aims:
Learn the finer and more detailed aspects of navigation using a map and compass
 
Outcomes:
A Nationally recognised certificate of competence (not a leadership award)
 
Instructors (s)
 
Dates:
1 day - bespoke
 
Cost:
Bronze
Training and Assessment - 2 days (non residential) - £80pp
 
Silver
Training and Assessment  - 2 days (non residential) - £100pp
 
Gold
Training - 2 days (non residential) - £120pp
Assessment - 1 day (non residential) - £100
Accordion Rock Skills
Who is it for?
Climbers who want to improve their movement skills
 
Aims:
To learn the basics of rock climbing and how to improve
 
Outcomes:
Skill and knowledge acquisition and gain more confidence and experience
 
Instructors (s)
 
Dates:
16 - 17 April 2019
 
Cost:
£175
Accordion Guided Days
Who is it for?
Anyone who wants to push their limits and try something different involving climbing, walking, scrambling and mountaineering.
 
Aims:
3 Peaks? Striding Edge? What is your goal?
 
Outcomes:
Achieve, accomplish and learn.
 
Instructors (s)
 
Dates:
Bespoke
 
Cost:
Depends on ratios and the season. From £200 per day.