Skills for Walking

Navigation Courses in the Yorkshire Dales

Taking a bearing from the map.

For some people being able to read a map and use a compass confidently allows them to venture away from the well used tracks and paths.  For others there may be a particular challenge they want to tackle such as the Coast to Coast or even the Yorkshire Three Peaks but they realise that the route can be difficult to follow in places or when visibility is not good.  Whenever you are walking, running or biking away from the road it is important you can read a map and even better if you can use a compass too.  Maybe you have got your apps. on your phone or a GPS but you still need to be able to read a map as you need to understand about the ground you are going to be covering.  This kit will not stop you walking over a cliff or crag edge, into a bog or over a limestone pavement. You need to be able to relate the map features to the ground.

None of this is too difficult and a basic level can be learned quite quickly enabling you to go away with enough knowledge to get you started and for you to then practice and build on those skills. You may feel you have some skills already and if so we can help you develop these and learn more.

We run several different courses for people at different levels. 

Getting Started with Navigation Days Never used a map before – then this is the day for you These days are designed for people who want to learn the basics of navigation.

Developing Your Compass Skills Days Understand how to use a map and the basics of navigation but never really used a compass before – then this is the day for you. These days are for people who have used a map to navigate and now want to gain skills in using a compass.

Walking with a GPS Days Do you have a GPS which you have not really used much? Do you have a phobia about manuals? Do you want to know if you would find a GPS useful? – Then this is the day for you. These days are designed for people who want to learn the basics of a GPS while on a walk. Instruction given at your own pace.

Safety on the Hills Days Happy about your navigation skills but need to gain some confidence around your knowledge of personal safety when out walking on the hills – then this day if for you. These days will be very practical and look at planning and preparation for going into more remote area and simple procedures for unforeseen incidents.

NNAS Bronze, Silver or Gold Award courses. 2 day non-residential courses with are nationally accredited. These courses are run for people at the various levels who would like to follow a recognised course and receive an award and certificate.  The National Navigation Award Scheme is a progressive personal performance programme which develops navigation skills. Helping people to enjoy the outdoors safely and confidently.

More information and dates for all these events on our web site.