How to apply

There are 3 stages to the selection process

  1. Complete an application form
  2. Rachel Toyn, our Volunteer Leader Recruitment Co-ordinator will telephone you at your convenience, to talk through the requirements of the role and answer any questions you may have
  3. If your application is accepted, the next stage is attendance on a 3-night residential assessment course at one of our country houses, again at your convenience.

On the course, we'll be looking at your navigation and group leadership skills as well as your all-round ability to ensure our guests have an enjoyable holiday.

You will be matched up with one or two other potential leaders and will be assigned an assessor. Our assessors are all experienced leaders who have been through the assessment process themselves – so they’ll know exactly what it’s like for you and will do their best to put you at ease!

Indoor and outdoor sessions will cover a range of topics from giving walk briefings to discussing 'what if...' scenarios to navigating and leading a small group around unknown terrain. We will also introduce you to the concept of evening activities, an interesting and entertaining way to meet people and develop new friendships.

We are looking for leaders for each of the three types of terrain that we offer walks on, depending on the location of the Country House. Please view the requirements below to help you decide which level is right for you.

Lowland Assessments

Moorland Assessments

Mountain Assessments

For leading in lowland and coastal areas.
You will be assessed on your ability to navigate efficiently in urban, agricultural and low level wooded or open terrain. 

View requirements

For leading in moorland and lower level mountain areas.

In addition to the skills required for lowland leading, you will be assessed on your ability to navigate efficiently in moorland and upland terrain with limited linear features to assist navigation.

View requirements

For leading in higher mountain terrain.
In addition to the skills required for moorland navigation, you will be assessed on your ability to navigate efficiently in mountain terrain which is open, uncultivated and remote (more than half an hour’s travelling time from a road or refuge). 

View requirements

Our next assessment dates

Date House Nights


18 Feb Longmynd House, Shropshire Hills 3


8 Apr

Longmynd House, Shropshire Hills 3


19 Apr Derwent Bank, Northern Lake District 3


23 Apr

Abingworth, South Downs



23 Apr Dolgellau, Wales 3


13 May

Dovedale, Peak District 3 Lowland 

We provide free full board accommodation and any transport used during the assessment. You will however need to cover your own travel costs to get to the course.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to email or call Rachel on 01768 214519  

Otherwise please APPLY NOW, we very much look forward to hearing from you.

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