Walking Group Leader Award (WGL)
Walking Group Leader Award Overview
This award trains and assesses candidates in the skills required to lead groups in non-mountainous terrain known as upland, moor, fell and down. The Peak District, Dartmoor and the Pentland Hills are typical areas where WGL holders lead groups.Download the Award Information here
Walking Group Leader Award Handbook
Walking Group Leader Award Registration
Candidates should have at least one year’s experience of hill walking and have an
interest in leading hill-walking groups before registration. Candidates must be at least
eighteen years of age. Candidates are advised to consider whether the Walking Group Leader or the Mountain Leader
scheme is more appropriate for their skills, experience and the activities of their groups. They can register as a candidate with the appropriate Home Nation Board.
Registration cost is £39 per award
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Walking Group Leader Award Information
The Walking Group Leader Award offers the opportunity to gain experience and demonstrate technical competence in leading groups on hill walks in areas of the UK and Ireland that fall within the technical definition outlined below. Such areas may often be subject to
hostile weather conditions and require an element of self-sufficiency and this is
reflected in the syllabus of this scheme.
Suitable Terrain for the Walking Group Leader Award will meet the following four criteria:
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- open, uncultivated, non-mountainous high or remote country known variously as upland, moor, bog, fell, hill or down
- areas enclosed by well-defined geographical or man-made boundaries such as classified roads
- areas that merge with mountain regions and do not have well defined boundaries are excluded
- areas of remoteness that are easily exited in a few hours, returning to a refuge or an accessible road
- areas where movement on steep or rocky terrain is not required (in either a planned or unplanned situation)