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1-day intro to navigation course

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Learn how to use a compass to navigate accurately

Well developed navigation skills are key to enjoying our challenging mountain environment in a safe, responsible and enjoyable manner.

This course will introduce you to the basic navigation skills that you need to enable you to head into the mountains with an increased confidence.  We also offer a 2-day navigation course which covers these skills and more, with an opportunity to really consolidate your learning.

On a one day navigation course we would seek to cover the following areas.

  • Understanding map symbols
  • Orientating the map
  • Taking 6-figure grid-references
  • Basic compass skills
  • Simple navigation strategies
  • Estimating time and distance
  • Basic contour interpretation
  • Relocation: What to do when you don’t know where you are
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Could you navigate safely in these conditions?

  • Mountain skills
    • Planning a suitable, safe walk
    • Basic weather knowledge and forecasting
    • Equipment choice
    • Dealing with emergencies
    • Access and conservation


This is a 1-day course that is run in the Lake District. We run private courses so you can enjoy the benefits of being able to learn at your own pace and having the course tailor-made to your requirements and skill level.

Prices: are shown in the table below.


Number of peoplePrice per person
- 1-day private course
1:1 course£190
2+Add £30pp and share the overall cost


Click here to make a booking or to find out more. You can also contact us by telephone on 07702 942980.


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Navigating in one of the more remote parts of the Lakes

Ages and abilities: Our courses can be tailored for all ages and abilities, so whether you’ve never picked up a map before or whether you’re an experienced navigator looking to push things to the next level – our courses are for you.

Group sizes and ratios: Our courses can be run to an instructor:client ratio of 1:1. Also, to ensure that you get the best quality training possible, we will never exceed an instructor:client ratio of 1:6.

Venue: We will choose a venue that suits your aspirations and minimises the travelling that you need to do. We can run private courses from anywhere in the Lakes, in the Peak District, in Snowdonia and in Scotland too.

Kit: We will share a kit list with you when you book, but all you really need are warm and waterproof ‘outdoor’ clothes and footwear.

Times: Courses can be run at a time to suit you – they generally start at around  09.30 and end around 17.00.

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