Walking scheme level 3

Take girls on challenging remote walks all over the UK

Lead remote walks all over the UK with level 3 of the Girlguiding walking scheme.

Once you've completed level 3 of the scheme, you'll be able to take your girls on walks that really challenge them. They'll learn teamwork and leadership skills while enjoying breathtaking scenery.

What will I learn?

You'll learn to take girls on walks in remote country anywhere in the UK - except steep slopes, rocky ground, scree, loose rock and exposed ridges.

What will I need to do?

  • Attend a Girlguiding-approved level 3 training course.
  • Keep a log book of walks you've completed in the UK - for level 3 this must include 20 walks in the UK in remote country (as classified by Girlguiding) and may include walks undertaken before starting the scheme. Check the Girlguiding walking scheme for the criteria these walks need to fulfil.
  • Attend a Girlguiding-approved level 3 assessment course.
  • Plan and complete a supported walk in remote country.

Who can do this qualification?

You'll need to have relevant walking experience or have completed 1 of the following:

  • Girlguiding level 2 walking qualification.
  • Gold NNAS award.
  • Hill and Moorland Leader award (previously Walking Group Leader award).
  • Mountain Leader award training.
  • Some local walking training schemes (depending on the terrain involved).

You must also have undertaken 20 walks in areas that are classified by Girlguiding as at least 'open country'. They must also fulfil the following criteria:

  • All must be at least 10km or 5 hours long.
  • 3 different areas are included.
  • 6 should've taken place in the last 3 years.

You'll also need a valid first aid qualification. It must involve a minimum of 16 hours of first aid training and an element of assessment. You must also complete the 1st response e-learning.

How much will it cost?

You'll need to pay the cost of the training or assessment courses. Speak to your county walking or outdoor activities adviser for further information as there may be grants or funds you can access.

How do I get started?

  1. Contact your local commissioner, who'll put you in touch with your county walking or outdoor activities adviser.
  2. She'll be able to tell you about available training sessions. 
  3. Download a copy of the walking scheme.
  4. Your adviser will then help you to find a suitable mentor to support you through the scheme.

Download the walking scheme

The walking scheme is free to download so you can get started right now.

Download the scheme