Walking Group Leader

Posted by Jon Garside on 14/07/2008
The Walking Group Leader: for non-mountainous terrain.

The Walking Group Leader (WGL) award is for leaders of walking groups in non-mountainous hilly terrain, known variously as upland, moor, bog, hill, fell or down.

Such areas are often subject to extreme weather conditions and require an element of self-sufficiency. By progressing through the scheme, award holders will develop the skills necessary to lead walking groups in these areas.

Leaders seeking to take groups into mountain terrain should register for the ML Award, although the WGL Award can be a valuable stepping stone for those wishing to progress to the ML scheme.

Mountain Leader Training England has produced a DVD showcasing the eight leadership and instructional awards available in the UK.

The film includes interviews with young people on a day out in the Peak district as well as following a WGL training course.

Watch the Walking Group Leader Award film

The Walking Group Leader handbook lays out the award in more detail.

If planning on undertaking the Walking Group Leader Award, first register for the scheme with a home nation training board - see links opposite. You can view forthcoming courses in England and Wales. Alternatively contact English and Welsh providers direct, to see when they are delivering courses.


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1) Anonymous User
31/10/2012
Hi can anyone please help me I studied for an award called the BELA ( BASIC EXPEDITION LEADER AWARD ) some years ago. I've looked through the posts on this page and I can't find any reference to it, at the time the ML summer was the next stage up then the ML winter. I'm guessing things have changed
2) Jon Garside (author comment)
05/11/2012
The BEL can be thought of as a lowland valley award; the WGL and ML are upland awards. The ML remit includes mountainous terrain, and the WGL remit covers non-mountainous uplands such as Dartmoor, the Peak District and the Cheviots.

More info about the schemes is at www.mountain-training.org

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