Countryside Leader



The Countryside Leader Award (CLA) is for adults who wish to lead walks and camping expeditions in non-remote, lowland countryside.
Many types of walk and camping trip fall within the scope of the CLA. If you would like to use it for DofE expeditions, the scope corresponds with the recommended bronze and silver expedition terrain.
Before attending a training course you must  register .
The minimum age for registration is 18.
To attend a training course you must either:
  • Be a Qualified Teacher or Hold a Level Three Diploma (or higher) in Youth Work or
  • Have at least 10 days' and 5 nights' experience of leading, or assisting with the leadership of, walking and camping groups
You must also have prior personal experience of:
  • Camping (5 nights) and
  • Walking in the countryside, navigating on clear paths (5 days). Map-reading to NNAS bronze level is a good benchmark, see


Our fees are tailored to to match the specific event and will depend on the number of participants, duration of the course and distances travelled.
Course fees do not normally include accomodation or meals.