Navigation Courses

Get the best out of your map and compass

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Navigation Courses for Hill Walking

Helping you make your own adventures

Our Navigation Courses in North Wales and the Lake District are all about helping you develop the skills to get safely and efficiently from A to B, wherever your adventures may take you.

If you think about learning to use a map and compass you probably think back to a stuffy school geography lesson, getting lost in the cloud on a hillside, or being confused by all the map symbols and contour lines.

Navigating using a map and compass is becoming a lost skill. It’s another victim of the tech revolution. Phone apps can be useful but all have some inherent problems for the navigator to overcome. Data connections, dangerous automatic route calculations, flat batteries and missing mapping information can all cause us to become lost or worse.

But it doesn’t need to be that way.

Our navigation courses are for all abilities and will help you understand how to use paper maps and compasses to find your own adventure. From exploring your local woodland paths to heading out into remote mountains.

Level 1 Navigation Course

Navigation Course for beginners

Introduction to Navigation

On-path Navigation Skills

Our entry-level course is designed to help you get to grip with the basics of using a map to follow paths and tracks to get from A to B.

It’s ideal for you if you have a limited understanding of maps and you’ve never really used a compass to navigate, if you want a refresher of the basics, or if you are a bit nervous about your own ability.

Previous Experience: None needed

Number of Participants: Max of 10

Cost: £45 per person

We’ll be out on the hill for about 7 to 8 hours during this hands-on course, learning and using skills to get around on foot.

The pace of the day is largely dictated by the needs of the group but we will typically cover the following.

  • Understanding the map symbols, grid references and scales
  • Measuring distance and height gain on the map
  • Distance, time and pacing – how long it will take to walk to a point on the map
  • Contours, what are they and how can they help us
  • Using linear features as handrails to guide us
  • Using tick features – things we pass as we go to ‘tick off’ our progress
  • Compass basics – Setting the map, taking bearings

This course is ideal if you are looking to master the fundamentals before progressing on to our mountain navigation course, or as a stand-alone course that will allow you to enjoy low level walks in the countryside.

Mountain Navigation

Off-path Navigation Skills

Our progression from our Intro to navigation course will help you be a better navigator on and off paths.

Ideal if you have some map and compass skills but are looking at becoming more proficient and using them in the open country away from paths and trails

Previous Experience: Basic map & compass skills or our Introduction to Navigation course

Number of Participants: Max of 8

Cost: £55 per person

We’ll be out on the hill for about 7 to 8 hours. We will focus on more advanced skills such as:

  • Navigation strategies
  • Taking and walking on bearings
  • Contour interpretation
  • Micro navigation
  • Using different map scales

We will also cover many of the skills in the Intro to Navigation course such as:

  • Understanding the map symbols, grid references and scales
  • Measuring distance and height gain on the map
  • Distance, time and pacing – how long it will take to walk to a point on the map
  • Contours, what are they and how can they help us
  • Using linear features as handrails to guide us
  • Using tick features – things we pass as we go to ‘tick off’ our progress
  • Compass basics – Setting the map, taking bearings

This course is ideal if you are looking to move away from paths and tackle more remote peaks, if you want to go Munro bagging, or go wild camping away from the tourist hotspots.

Level 2 Navigation Course

Level 3 Navigation Course

Night Navigation & Low Visibility Navigation

Previous Experience: Attended our level 1 and level 2 courses or have similar navigation ability

Number of Participants: Max of 8

Cost: £40 per person

We’ll be out on the hill for about 4 hours at night. We will cover many of the skills covered in the other 2 courses but with the added challenge of doing it in poor visibility

  • Taking and walking on bearings
  • Slope aspect
  • Contour interpretation
  • Micro navigation

We will also cover many of the skills in the Intro to Navigation course such as:

  • Understanding the map symbols, grid references and scales
  • Measuring distance and height gain on the map
  • Distance, time and pacing – how long it will take to walk to a point on the map
  • Using linear features as handrails to guide us
  • Using tick features – things we pass as we go to ‘tick off’ our progress
  • Compass basics – Setting the map, taking bearings

This course is ideal if you are looking to become a proficient navigator away from the trails through the year. You’ll have the skills to navigate in open country for a summer sunrise or walk into the evening during the shorter winter days.

Booking

All dates are listed under the booking tab for each course with more dates being added throughout the year. Watch this space or drop us an email to be the first to hear or to book a private tuition day.

Booking is essential for all our courses. Contact us using the contact form, by email or call 01902 595 855 to book your place today.

Navigating in the Mountains

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