Creating Unforgettable Memories
This year sees a change to the management of Navigate Northumberland, while our founder, John, takes a step back to enjoy family life. Brother and Sister team Pete Wilson and Anne Haslam of Navigate UK (formerly Wilson’s Wanderers) will be leading the Company and will continue to offer the high level of service and exciting challenges expected from Navigate Northumberland. Pete and Anne will be familiar to our regular walkers as they have been guiding with us for several seasons. As well as our popular Navigate Northumberland challenges, Pete and Anne guide walks in the Lakes and the Peaks so if you want to visit other areas of the UK please look out for these events on our sister websites, Navigate UK and Navigate Lakes and Peaks.
What we Offer
Challenge walks for charities, businesses and individuals. Team building days for businesses. Navigation courses and private guided walks. Please use the links below to find out more.
A range of challenge walks for charities, businesses and individuals.
You can either choose one of our already established events or we can design a walk/course or challenge for you. All our events are planned with safety and fun in mind but also challenging enough to meet your needs.
One and two day navigation courses available at various locations. Beginner half day courses are also available.
Our most popular challenges!
Starting the walk on St Cuthbert’s Way, heading over the Newton Tor’s with stunning views to the north. Crossing over Hare Law and back into the College Valley before heading back north to the summit of the Schil with beautiful views of both England and Scotland.
This walk is one of the most spectacular of any of the national trails, boasting a combination of; great views, magnificent terrain and ancient history.
We start our challenge at Greenhead just outside of Haltwhistle. Here we will experience some spectacular stretches of Hadrian’s Wall.
This is our most popular challenge, with over 350 people completing it in the last two years. We start our day at the start of the Harthope Valley, heading up to the trig point at Cold Law. We continue over both Broadhope Hill and Scald Hill, where you can enjoy stunning views of the Cheviot.
Meet the team here at Navigate Northumberland
Founder and Guide
My name is John Leightley, the founder of Navigate Northumberland. I am a member of the Mountain Training Association and Supporter of the British Mountaineering Council.
My name is Gavin Kellett and I hold a range of outdoor qualifications including; Winter Mountain Leader, Rock Climbing Instructor and International Mountain Leader.
My name is Peter Wilson and I have been climbing mountains all of my life, I have been a qualified Mountain Leader for the many years. I have led groups for many years across the UK, helping to organise and lead many Charity challenges, both during the day and at night.
My name is Anne Haslam and I have a mountain leader summer qualification and an up to date outdoor first aid certificate. I have lived and walked in the Peak District for the last 25 years, and completed mountain marathons both in the Peak District, Lake District and Scotland.
My name is John Allen, I am a freelance Mountain Leader and Expedition mountain bike guide.
My background includes over thirty years of exploring
Find even more reviews on our Testimonies Page
Thanks to John and his team for a brilliant day last weekend completing the Northumberland Six Peaks Challenge. Really fun walk with amazing views and lovely, very knowledgeable guides. So well organised from beginning to end, would highly recommend and will definitely be booking again with Navigate Northumberland.
Booked Navigate Northumberland for May 25th 2019, it was booked up quickly so if you want to take on the 6 peak challenge (or 7 with the bonus peak) then don't hesitate.
It was a well organised walk with experienced mountain leaders and John explaining the day, the challenges and the route so there was no doubt on what the challenge was and what you needed to do to complete it. Malcolm and John were excellent company and kept the group's spirits going whilst pointing out wildlife and scenery along the whole of the walk.
I would highly recommend booking and taking part in this Northumbian challenge but don't underestimate how physically demanding it is...... training and good preparation are essential (as are plenty of water and snacks on the day) to complete it and enjoy the whole experience.
My group on May 25th had different people with varied walking experience but they were all friendly and determined and made 10 hours fly by with laughter and plenty of sweets and odd nettle sting and were very good company.
I would do this challenge again or similar and will be looking out for any other walking challenges or courses that are organised by John and his team
I really want to send my appreciation for the lovely day these guys have organised. You guys were great, starting from giving us the directions to the meeting place, to organising us into smaller groups for safety and to keeping people happy and entertained throughout the day.
Also, a massive "Thank you!" to Pete and Gavin who took their time to engage with us. Pete offered me the chance to learn from him and sharpen my map reading skills. He was excellent at teaching and quizzing me about my progress. Gavin was also very knowledgeable and shared a lot his lore on local plants and history. It was all very fascinating and engaging.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable day spent with lots of great people. The landscapes were beautiful in a very scenic area.