Skills for Walking

Day and Weekend Navigation Courses for 2013

Navigation Skills Courses
Navigation skills courses

We have just published a full list of all our open Navigation Skills day and weekend courses in 2013. All our courses are practically based from start to finish. Build up your confidence so you can explore beyond the well beaten tracks and take advantage of the areas that Open Access has brought you.

These courses are aimed to be enjoyable as well as informative. We run them at a leisurely pace as the important thing is that you learn how to navigate confidently. You do not need the added pressure of trying to keep up with people all the time. That is not to say we do everything slowly but we break the journey up with practicing map work, feature recognition or whatever is appropriate for your course. We have worked with ultra trail runners, triathlon competitors, students, families and retired people. Our triathlon pair said it was nice to actually walk for a change and see the scenery around them! There are quie a few comments about our navigation skill courses on our What people say about us page.

By working with a maximum of 6 people we can adapt the programme to meet your needs. We do not have a minimum number either so once someone has booked on a course we will run it even if no one else books on. This way you can book accommodation or make plans without worrying if things will get cancelled.

We supply map, compass, basic GPS for the duration of the courses.

If you cannot see a date to suit you then get in touch and we will see what we can do.

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.

All these day courses cost £60.00 incl. vat per person . Dates and information here   

Dates and information for the NNAS courses here The Bronze/Silver courses are £115.00 incl. vat each. The Gold Course is £125.00 incl. vat

National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS)

Want to develop your navigation skills in more depth and would like some accreditation too – then these are the courses for you.

The NNAS is an incentive scheme designed to help people develop their skills from basic understanding at Bronze level through to a higher level of skills at Silver and Gold level. They are 2 day non-residential courses at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. More information about the scheme at www.nnas.org.uk Certificate and badge on successful completion of the course at your appropriate level.

All our courses are practically based from start to finish.

Skills for Walking

Autumn and winter are great times to develop your navigation skills.

Ingleborough summit in cloud even on an otherwise clear day

The coming months are a great time to develop and practice your map and compass skills. The daylight hours are getting shorter and the visibility is likely to be worse at times. Walking in the autumn and winter can also be brilliant with crisp weather and clearer views. The plus side is there are plenty of great pubs and cafes to return to after your walk with good food, drink and roaring fires.

Learning how to navigate using a map and compass and/or GPS is the key to enjoying the Dales and other great walking areas. Nearly every week some people tackling the Three Peaks will end up in Clapham having come off Ingleborough on the wrong path. Even on a clear day the summit plateau can be in cloud but if you do not know which direction you should be going in then it is possible to make this inconvenient and sometimes costly mistake. A taxi to your car at Horton is not cheap!  People also tackle the walk without a map or compass so its not suprising when they take a wrong turn. Even if you are only going on a short walk basic map and compass skills can add so much to your enjoyment. You can be more relaxed knowing that you can identify where you are and where you want to go.

A basic level of navigation 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. The courses are run at an relaxed pace so you have time to enjoy the views and company. You are never too old to learn how to navigate and we have worked with fit people into their 70s who are still taking full advantage of the outdoors.

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.

If you would rather not join a course with other people or you would like a course midweek then we are happy to put one on for you, or you and some friends between now and the end of February. You might even prefer a women only course which would be no problem. Just get in touch with Pam if you want to discuss anything.

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Free Competition – Entry Deadline Extended

This free and easy to enter competition has had its closing date extended until 31st January 2012 and you can use as many different email addresses to enter as you like, as long as you have permission of course.  Just name the Yorkshire Three Peak in this picture.It was taken from above Langcliffe. You can even see where we are based in this picture too – to the left of middle and towards the bottom.

The Prize –  You can chose one from the following events

  • 1 place on a NNAS Bronze/Silver navigation course.
  • 2 places on a Getting Started with Navigation day
  • 2 places on a Developing your Compass Skills day
  • 2 places on a Walking with a GPS day
  • A guided walk in the area for up to 10 people (excludes a 3 Peaks guided walk)

You can see more details of these prizes on our web site

Enter your answer in the form above or email us to info@yorkshiredalesguides.co.uk

The competition is open to anyone but you must be at least 16 to come on the event.  The winner will be chosen from all the correct email entries received by midnight on 31st January. CLOSING DATE EXTENDED. The prize can be chosen from our advertised dates for courses or the guided walk will be arranged for a date suitable for the winner, subject to availability, and will need to be claimed by 30th June 2012. This date has been extended too.  There are no cash alternatives. The result of the draw will be sent via a one off newsletter. You can immediately unsubscribe if you do not wish to receive any more from Yorkshire Dales Guides.

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New Competition for all Walkers who love the Yorkshire Dales

This is another simple to enter and free competition. We are based in the Three Peaks area of the Yorkshire Dales so the question is about these peaks.

What is the name of this mountain?  The lowest of the Three Peaks and our favourite.

The Prize –  You can chose one from the following events

  • 1 place on a NNAS Bronze/Silver navigation course.
  • 2 places on a Getting Started with Navigation day
  • 2 places on a Developing your Compass Skills day
  • 2 places on a Walking with a GPS day
  •  A guided walk in the area for up to 10 people (excludes a 3 Peaks guided walk)

You can see more details of these prizes on our web site

Enter your answer below or email us to info@yorkshiredalesguides.co.uk

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED – try our new one

The competition is open to anyone but you must be at least 16 to come on the event.  The winner will be chosen from all the correct email entries received by midnight on Sunday 25th September.  The prize can be chosen from our advertised dates for courses or the guided walk will be arranged for a date suitable for the winner, subject to availability, and will need to be claimed by 31st March 2012.  There are no cash alternatives.

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.

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Late Christmas Present by Email

An Example of a Gift Voucher

There is still time to buy a gift voucher for any of our activities with payment either over the phone or through our website.  For payment over the phone firstly send us an email with an idea of what type of voucher you would like, who for, a telephone number to contact you on and a good time to ring. This is so we have your correct email address and we can then contact you for payment. If you want to pay through the website just tell us the name of the person you want to give the voucher to in the box marked Note to Seller. We will then email you a voucher to give as the gift or you can forward it to the recipient.

Caving from Introductory to Advanced SRT, Climbing Sessions, Basic Navigation Day, GPS Day or Safety on the Hills Day.  Visit our website for some ideas. www.yorkshiredalesguides.co.uk