The Basic Expedition Leader Qualification

The Cross the UK BEL Qualification is led by Michael Fenwick.  Michael is an experienced Mountain Leader registered with the MTA who has led the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in schools for over 10 years.  As a qualified teacher and assistant headteacher in a large secondary school his experience and delivery help to make for an excellent learning environment where candidates experience rapid progress and success.  The qualification is based in the North Yorkshire Moors and Dales and venues may be adapted to suit the locations of participants.

What is it?
The Level 3 Basic Expedition Leaders award is a nationally recognised qualification (Sports Leaders UK) that trains and qualifies teachers, youth workers and other members of the community to: 

  • Lead walking groups in lowland countryside

  • Teach the knowledge and skills needed to undertake a day walk

  • Have responsibility for others, while leading a day walk in the countryside

  • Plan and lead overnight base and mobile camps. 


  • You enjoy walking in the hills. 

  • It is the minimum qualification required by many Operating Authorities for those wanting to train and lead groups on The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme. 

  • It counts towards the volunteering section of The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.

  • It counts towards the skills section of all three awards in The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. 

  • Excellent for PE teachers as it can be used to help gain confidence to deliver hill walking which can be used in the GCSE PE Activity section to gain marks for those students who are need an additional area for their practicals.

Unit name Guided Learning Hours (GLH) Credits Mandatory or optional
1. Plan a walk for a group in lowland countryside 8 1 M
2. Prepare for a walk in lowland countryside 6 1 M
3. Establish and maintain safe practice during walks or expeditions 6 1 M
4. Lead sessions that impart the knowledge and skills for walking in lowland countryside 8 1 M
5. Lead a walk in lowland countryside 25 3 M
6. Navigation for the walk leader 15 3 M
7. Manage and develop personal walking leadership experience 8 1 M
8. Management of unaccompanied groups in the countryside 6 1 M
9. Campcraft for the expedition leader 45 6 M

Interested in this qualification and would like to know more?  Email for further information.

Course dates for 2015:

Cross the UK: Basic Expedtion Leaders Programme
Date Venue Time Number of hours
Wed 11th March 2015 Training Kilburn Village Hall 6.00pm-9.00pm 3
Saturday 14st March 2015 Training Kilburn Village Hall 8.30am – 8pm 11
Sunday 15th March 2015 9.30am – 5pm 7
Fri 17th April 2015 Youth Hostel Residential North Yorkshire Dales 6pm-10pm 4
Saturday 18th April 2015 8.00am – 12pm 15
Sunday 19th April 2015 8.30am – 4pm 9
Consolidation Period Training hours 30
Friday 12th June 2015 Camping Residential North Yorkshire Moors 6pm-10pm 4
Saturday 13th June 2015 8.00am – 12pm 15
Sunday 14th June 2015 8.30am – 4pm 9
Friday 17th July 2015 Assessment Weekend North Yorks Moors 6pm-10pm 4
Saturday 18th July 2015 All Day
Sunday 19th July 2015 Finish at 4pm 20

Course cost: £400 including youth hostel, camping fees and assessment.  Food costs are not included in the course and candidates will need to bring their own food with them for each training event.

5% (£360) discount for MTA members or D of E leaders (Just enter your membership number or D of E group name in the discount code box)

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