Discover the great outdoors with our Walking Courses

From navigating tricky countryside to scaling mountains - there's a course suitable for your needs and experience

Lead your girls on fun walking expeditions

Walking with girls is an adventure. Whether it’s rambling across hills or orienteering through fields, it’s a chance to discover the natural world, and spend time out in the open air to think and re-charge.

These courses will develop your skills so that you can lead girls on walking expeditions. There are different qualifications for different types of walking – from understanding the basics of map reading to climbing mountains.

If you have considered the Girlguiding Walking Scheme, I would completely recommend it. It’s so well set out with the best trainers you could ever wish to have and great fun. Best of all, it means you can take the girls on walks and let them experience new things - Michelle, Level 3 course participant

Who can apply?

The courses are open to all Girlguiding members aged 18 and over who have relevant walking experience.

What types of courses are available?

Walking Scheme Level 1 – gain confidence planning and leading walks in lowland countryside.

Walking Scheme Level 2 – get qualified to take girls on walks in open countryside.

Walking Scheme Level 3 – if you are already qualified at Level 2 with further walking experience, this course is a natural next step. However, you do not have to have completed Level 2 to do Level 3 if you have relevant experience.

Outdoor First Aid – attend a 16 hour+ first aid course focussed on the outdoor environment, for those who hold Level 2 Walking Scheme and above.

Social Walking – complete quality walking days for your logbook, to support you completing and renewing your walking qualifications.

Mountain Training Hill and Moorland Leader (HML) Assessment – open to those with 40 quality hill walking days, and may be completed on its own or as well as the Level 3 assessment.

Mountain Training Mountain Leader Award – for those with experience in remote and extreme country who have logged at least 20 quality mountain days.

When are courses running?

Courses are running throughout the year, and each course is run by a different provider. Check below to see what course is being run, where and by who.

Country/Region courses are open to all members – you don’t need to be a member of that specific Country/Region to take part! 

  • 8 to 10 September – Walking Scheme Level 2 assessment, Waddow, run by Waddow.
  • 22 to 24 September – Walking Scheme Level 2 training and assessment, Dartmoor, run by South West and LaSER.
  • 7 October – Map and Compass Skills, North YorkshireAnyone wanting to learn map and compass skills. Run by Girlguiding North East.
  • 13 to 15 October – Walking Scheme Level 2 training and assessment, Glenbrook, run by Midlands Region.
  • 20 to 22 October –  Walking Qualification Weekend, Cote Ghyll Mill YHLearn the skills of navigation and start working towards a qualification. Run by Girlguiding North East.
  • 22 to 27 October – Social Walking, Snowdonia, run by the Girlguiding national walking team.
  • 22 to 25 October – Mountain Training Hill and Moorland Leader Award assessment, run by Girlguiding national walking team 
  • 22 to 28 October – Mountain Training’s Mountain Leader Award training and assessment, Snowdonia, run by the Girlguiding national walking team.
  • 29 October to 3 November – Level 1 and 2 social walking, Dunluce Guide House, North Antrim, run by Londonderry County.
  • 10 to 12 November - Outdoor First Aid (16 hour), run by Scotland.
  • 13 - 15 November – Walking Scheme Level 2 training and assessment, location TBC, run by Scotland.
  • 24 to 26 November – Outdoor First Aid, Hazel House, Ripon. Anyone who needs a 16 hour outdoor first aid certificate. Run by Girlguiding North East.
  • 24 to 26 November – Walking Scheme Level 2 training and assessment, Glenbrook, run by Anglia Region.

How can I find out more and book?

For courses run by:

Costs vary depending on the course and provider. Make sure to contact your local County or Country/Region for funding opportunities to support adventure in your area.

Any questions?

 Email [email protected] and we will point you in the right direction!