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Navigation Skills

Courses In the Lake District
Activity Overview

We offer a number of courses for people looking to improve their navigation skills.

Introduction to Navigation (2 day course)

This course is designed for people who have little or no hill walking experience. The course will include the following:

  • Two full days of practical navigation in the lower hills of The Lake District
  • Introduction to different map scales
  • How to set the map
  • How to interpret contours
  • How to interpret key symbols
  • How to plan and follow a route using paths and other key features
  • How to use the compass
  • How to re-orientate yourself if you do get lost

Advanced Navigation Course (2 day course)

This course is for those who have gained experience of off path navigation, and wish to hone their skills. The course will include:

  • Two days of practical navigation in the hills of The Lake District
  • How to plan and follow a route across featureless terrain
  • How to use navigation techniques in complex terrain
  • How to navigate in poor or limited visibility or at night
  • Relocation techniques
  • Security on steep ground
  • 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

Off Path Navigation (2 day course)

This course is designed to build on a level of experience equal to that of the introductory course. The course will include:

    • Two full days of practical navigation in the hills of The Lake District
    • Introduction to different map scales
    • How to set the map
    • How to interpret contours
    • How to interpret key symbols
    • How to plan and follow a route using paths and other key features
    • How to plan and follow a route across featureless terrain
    • How to estimate distance using pacing and timing
    • How to navigate in poor or limited visibility
    • How to use the compass
    • How to re-orientate yourself if you do get lost
    • Security on steep ground
    • Mountain weather - how the weather affects our route planning and choice during the day
    • Choice and use of equipment

More about Navigation Skills

Navigating with a compass in the Lake District

The cost of a two day course is £130. Accommodation can be found locally. If you have any questions about any aspect of hill walking or navigation then please contact us. We'll be happy to help.

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