if you book one place at the full price you can have a second one for half price.
Just because it is winter does not mean you have to hibernate as it is a great time to practice your navigation skills as the sometimes more challenging weather can help you develop and gain confidence in the skills you need to go “off road”. If you have not done any navigation before you could try an On Track Day. If you know the basics and would like to learn how to use a compass then a Developing Your Compass Skills day is for you. If you would like to spend a weekend learning and developing your navigation skills you could join one of our NNAS (National Navigation Award Scheme) 2 day non-residential courses. These are accredited courses and you get a certificate and badge on completion.
If you felt you wanted to be a bit more adventurous then you could try caving on a Monday evening during the school holidays or an Intermediate Caving day if you wanted to try going down a small pitch on a ladder. If you have been caving before then why not learn some vertical caving skills ready for the warmer weather on our Introduction to Vertical Caving (SRT) course which takes place in our barn so is not weather dependent.
Here are all the dates in one place. If you are interested in finding out any more information on any of our events just get in touch
|Event||Dates||Price per person||Usual minimum age|
|NNAS Navigation Course||Sat 24th & Sun 25th January||£115.00||14 years old|
|Introduction to Vertical Caving (SRT) Course||Sat 14th February||£75.00||16 years old|
|Developing your Compass Skills Day||Sat 14th February||£60.00||14 years old|
|On Track Day||Sun 15th February||£60.00||14 years old|
|Holiday Evening Caving Trip||Mon 16th February||£25.00||8 years old|
|NNAS Navigation Course||Sat 21st & Sun 22nd January||£115.00||14 years old|
|Holiday Evening Caving Trip||Mon 23rd February||£25.00||8 years old|
|On Track Day||Sun 14th March||£60.00||14 years old|
|Developing your Compass Skills Day||Sun 15th March||£60.00||14 years old|
|Introduction to Vertical Caving (SRT) Course||Sat 21st March||£75.00||16 years old|
|Intermediate Caving Trip||Sun 22nd March||£45.00||12 years old|
|NNAS Navigation Course||Sat 28th & Sun 29th March||£115.00||14 years old|
|Holiday Evening Caving Trip||Mon 30th March||£25.00||8 years old|
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.
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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