LOLA Training and Assessment

mtlogoThe 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 LOLA training will be based from our site in North Devon, but will also use the local countryside and available walks in North Devon including Abbotsham Cliffs and Hartland. The next LOLA training is scheduled for the 7 – 8th of January 2017 with the next LOLA assessment occurring on the 3rd and 4th of April. Further assessment days will be added throughout the year if candidates have not met the prerequisites for the April assessment. The LOLA training cost £120 per person, the Assessment and Award on its own costs £120 per person. We are able to provide accommodation on site for both the LOLA Training and Assessment, please ask for further information.Further dates will be added throughout the year, for more information look at our training schedule.

What's Included in the LOLA Training?

A training course looks like this;

Day 1

am – Introduction to the scheme. Talk through logged experience and DLOG. Look at personal equipment. Types of emergency equipment suitable for a leader. Inc poles.

am at venue – Leader responsibilities. Planning, group aims, route choice, terrain, equipment, weather, documentation. Nutrition. Group Control, Risk Assessment. Map symbols, scale (distance), compasses (orientation), contours, walls, paths, Grid Ref, CROW, Ticking/Catching features, GPS. Plan afternoon walk.

pm – Local walk looking at required navigation, dynamic risk assessing, environmental considerations (leave no trace).

evening – Access. GPS recording. Plan a day walk

Day 2

am – Ultimate Adventure Centre / Hartland – Brief review of day one. Day walk looking at…Basic navigation, Contingencies for missing paths, Poor visibility, Animals, Roads, Other users, Forests, Water. Scenarios and emergency planning. Local history.

pm – Hartland – Walk continued including, Country code, Flora and forna, Legalities, Duty of care, Accident reporting and RIDDOR. Individual debrief and action planning

An assessment course looks like this;

Introduction to the Assessment. Skills, Judgement, Knowledge. Home paper review and Look through previous experience. Look at personal equipment and correct fitting.

am – Brief walk through of site and Risk Assessment. Key areas. A Warm up each. The Why, What’s and How’s of warming up. Look at personal top rope climbing (confidence and movement) and belay technique. Lead a climb, 4+. Climbing checks (general and site specific). Teaching Tying in, Trad belaying and Bell ringing, correct climbing calls, communication and lowering. Use and set up Ground Anchors. Wall features, Types of holds i.e. jugs, crimp, slopers. Moves, bridging, smearing etc.

pm – Candidate run a 30 minute coaching session, I.E ABC Movement, understanding of centre of gravity, Movement Games to aid technique. Managing a Top Rope/Bouldering session. Simple problem solving, i.e. Stuck Climber, Taking over belay(hair in belay plate), Traversed Climber, Knot against belay plate, Untied climber on wall, Belayer issues. Understanding the grading system.

Feedback and Assessment decision

What does it Cost?

The LOLA training cost £120 per person, the Assessment and Award on its own costs £120 per person. We are able to provide accommodation on site for both the LOLA Training and Assessment, please ask for further information.


• You must be at least 17 years old (18 at assessment)
• You should have an interest in leading groups in lowland countryside
• You must be registered for the Lowland Leader Award scheme (this costs £42) on the Mountain Training website.

Need any more Information?

If you’ve still got any questions or want to talk through this qualification is appropriate for you, or to book please contact Mark Garland directly on 07973 910120 or e-mail



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