Improve your Navigation course

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings
(3 customer reviews)

Grade: Intermediate | 2 instructed days

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Navigation is a fundamental skill which, once learnt, will greatly increase your enjoyment and safety in the British hills and further afield. Our navigation courses cover the full spectrum of skills from the basics of setting the map and taking a bearing to fine tuning the abilities of mountain marathon competitors. If you want to know what to do when you’re lost or lack the confidence to explore the hills when the cloud is low then our courses will point you in the right direction!

The navigation course will be based outdoors on the hill to give all members the maximum opportunity to learn and practise new skills. It will be taught in a practical way, starting with the basics and progressing at a rate to suit the group. We will aim to cover some of the following skills on this course:

  • Build upon basic skills and techniques previously learnt.
  • Relate features on the ground to their corresponding map contours (for example small hills, small valleys, prominent re-entrants and prominent spurs).
  • Use prominent hills, ridges, spurs and valleys as a means of navigation in good visibility.
  • Use landforms and point features to orientate the map and as collecting and catching features.
  • Use a compass to accurately follow a bearing; aim off; check the direction of handrails and other linear features.
  • Deviate briefly from a compass bearing to avoid obstacles or difficult terrain and accurately regain the original line.
  • Use back bearings to check route following accuracy.
  • Measure distance on the ground in varied, open terrain using timing and pacing and make practical allowances for any discrepancies.
  • Simplify legs using coarse navigation, attack points and fine navigation.
  • Recognise dangerous or difficult terrain on map and ground.
  • Plan and implement navigational strategies based on the above skills.
  • Maintain route finding accuracy in poor visibility or darkness.
  • Recognise a navigation error within a few minutes and apply appropriate relocation techniques.
  • Understand how personal fitness and nature of terrain affect route choice both at the planning stage and on the ground.
  • Understand the potential consequences of fatigue and physical discomfort in demanding terrain and/or extreme weather conditions.
  • Select appropriate clothing, equipment and first aid items for walking in open country in all weather conditions.

If you are a complete beginner or want to go back to basics, choose our Introduction to Navigation Course. If you would like to expand on the basic skills, then this Improve your Navigation Course will be for you.

Please do NOT book your own accommodation and make travel arrangements until you have verified that the course is guaranteed to run.

Trip dossier

Improve your Navigation course

  • 2 days instruction
  • 15% off RRP on clothing and equipment purchased from Adventure Peaks shop
  • Personal clothing
  • Walking Boots (can be hired)
  • 1 – 2 nights B&B accommodation (optional extra)

Ambleside has a wealth of accommodation varying from Guest Houses and Hotels to Youth Hostels. Ambleside Online is an excellent website to help you choose your accommodation.

Guest Houses / Bed and Breakfast

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The course will commence from the Adventure Peaks shop at 9.00am from where any equipment required will be issued. Each day will finish at 5.00-5.30pm except on the final day when you will usually finish around 4pm to take account of onward travel.

If you have booked accommodation through Adventure Peaks it can be booked from the night of your arrival with instruction starting the following morning, or potentially for the Saturday evening only (depending on availablity as some Guest houses require 2 night bookings only). Check out is normally on the morning of your final day unless you have booked additional nights.

3 reviews for Improve your Navigation course

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    I would like to comment on Richard, our instructor. I felt he went above and beyond to ensure we all had a great time learned/practised a new skills. I have been on courses were instructors can be intimidating but he has excellent people skills and did not make me feel uncomfortable once. His ease and natural ability in the mountains was great.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    Your guide was absolutely superb, he tailored the course to our needs and delivered an enjoyable and rewarding experience. I recommend it!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5


    Superb course and guide I came away with more knowledge and confidence than I anticipated I would. Massive thanks!

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16th Jul 2022 - 17th Jul 2022
13th Aug 2022 - 14th Aug 2022
17th Sep 2022 - 18th Sep 2022
10th Sep 2022 - 11th Sep 2022