Navigation Courses

 

Navigation and Hill Skills Course – This is a bespoke course and has proven to be our most popular. Tailored to your needs, both beforehand and on the day, to ensure we cover as much as possible and adjust timings to suit your pace.

One day courses are available, but we would highly recommend at least a two-day course. This allows us to cover everything in our Beginners/Advance Navigation Courses and more.

Courses are priced at £130 per day for up to four people, or £150 per day for up to six people and you can book as many days as you like and any day of the week.

Please contact us to book this course.

Beginner’s Navigation Courses – This one-day open course is great for beginners and will give you all the knowledge you need to head out safely in to the hills and mountains of the UK.

This course is perfect for anyone with little or no prior navigation experience. Whether you are a hill walker who wants to be able to head out in all weathers, a climber who wants to be able to navigate from the top of the route back down, or considering enrolling on the Mountain Leader scheme. If you have existing navigation skills, we will be able to build on these.

What does the course cover?

  • One day of practical navigation in the hills of Northumberland

  • Introduction to different map scales

  • Setting the map

  • Interpreting contours

  • Key symbols, i.e. how to find a footpath, fence, stream, etc., and how to interpret them

  • Planning and following a route using paths and other key features

  • Estimating distances using pacing and timing

  • How to use the compass

 

Advanced Navigation Course – This one-day advance Navigation Course is suitable for anyone who has completed one of our Beginners Navigation Courses, or who can already competently use a map and has the relevant skills.

What does the course cover?

  • How to plan and follow a route across featureless terrain

  • Estimating distances accurately using pacing and timing

  • Navigating in poor or limited visibility

  • How to use the compass

  • Re-orientating yourself if you do get lost

  • Mountain weather – how the weather affects our route planning and choice during the day

  • Emergency procedures in case of an incident

  • Choice and use of equipment

 

Both the Beginners and Advanced Navigation Courses are suitable for anyone over the age of 18, although we do allow under 18’s if they are accompanied by an adult. There is no maximum age, we regularly have a mixture of all ages and levels of experience. We are well equipped to tailor the course to meet the needs of a varied group of people.

All maps and compasses will be provided, but each participant will be required to bring suitable equipment for their chosen event, please see the Kit List on the FAQ page.

The cost of each course is £45pp, please use the calendar at the bottom of this page to book your place.

 

Want to book a course but the date is not in the calendar? Send us an email or give us a call with the course dates you would like to book or contact us for more information.

Want to brush up on your map and compass skills? Why not hire a guide for a day? We can tailor the course to your needs, £130 per day or £70 for half a day. All maps and compasses will be provided.

WE USUALLY RUN THESE COURSES IN THE NORTHUMBERLAND NATIONAL PARK. HOWEVER, WE CAN RUN THE COURSE ANYWHERE IN THE NORTH WHETHER IT BE THE LAKE DISTRICT OR THE YORKSHIRE DALES.

GIVE US A CALL OR DROP US AN E-MAIL FOR A QUOTE, TO ASK  QUESTIONS, OR TO DISCUSS THE BEST OPTION AVAILABLE FOR YOU!

Our address:

23 Home Farm Close.  Ashington.  NE63 8QX

John Leightley 
07885717750
Mon - Fri, 9:00 - 20.00

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