Assessments

Once you've completed an application form and it's been accepted, you'll be invited to attend one of our residential Guidelines assessments. 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.

During the assessment you’ll lead a small group on a section of a full day walk. We’ll be assessing your ability to navigate, make appropriate route choices, manage a group and, at the same time, provide a safe enjoyable walk.

The assessment runs over four days – from 4.00pm on the first day until lunchtime on the final day.
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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 your way 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 host three levels of assessments, depending on the holiday you want to lead.

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. 
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. 
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). 
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Mountain and moorland assessments are generally held in the Lake District and Shropshire, while lowland assessments are held in the Cotswolds and the South Downs.

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Summer ML & HML Award Holders

If you hold a Summer ML Award and can submit an up to date logbook with leadership experience, you can attend a shorter, two day assessment. However, you are welcome to attend the four day assessment if you prefer. If you wish to book the shorter assessment please enclose a copy of your ML logbook and endorsement page with your booking form, or provide access to your DLOG.

If you have a Hill and Moorland Group Leader Award please contact our Leader Recruitment and Training Manager on 01768 890091 to discuss assessment options.

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Assessment Dates

Assessments are held throughout the year. We have different levels of assessment available depending on the level of walks you want to lead – Lowland, Moorland or Mountain. It’s also possible to do a shorter assessment if you have a summer ML or an HML.

Mountain assessment

Wed 1 Aug - Sat 4 Aug

Conistonwater, Southern Lake District

 Mon 24 Sep-Thurs 27 Sep

 Derwent Bank, Lake District 

Fri 28 Sep - Mon 2 Oct

Brecon, Wales 

Wed 10 Oct - Sat 13 Oct

Glencoe, Scotland

Fri 19 Oct - Mon 22 Oct

Derwent Bank, Lake District

Mon 22 Oct - Thurs 25 Oct

Dolgellau, Wales

Fri 2 Nov - Mon 5 Nov

Derwent Bank, Lake District

Moorland & Lower Mountain assessment

Wed 1 Aug - Sat 4 Aug

 Conistonwater, Southern Lake District

Fri 21 Sept - Mon 24 Sept

Church Stretton, Shropshire

Mon 12 Nov - Thurs 15 Nov

Church Stretton, Shropshire

Lowland assessment

Wed 31 Aug - Sat 1 Sept

 Selworthy, Exmoor

Fri 31 Aug - Mon 3 Sept

Dovedale, Derbyshire

Mon 3 Sept - Thurs 6 Sept

Abingworth, South Downs

Mon 8 Oct - Thurs 11 Oct

Dovedale, Derbyshire

Mon 19 Nov - Thurs 22 Nov

Abingworth, South Downs

Assessment for HML award holders

Call us on 01768 890091 to discuss assessment options.

Assessment for ML award holders – two nights

Currently thare are no two night assessments available. As an alternative, ML holders can attend our mountain level assessment.

Deposit

We provide Full Board accommodation and any transport used during the assessment. There's no charge to attend but we request a £30 booking deposit which is refunded after you attend the course. You will need to cover your own travel costs to get to the assessment.

For more information email Rhi Edmondson, Leader Recruitment and Training Administrator or call 01768 890091.  

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