Open Events, Skills for Walking

Navigation Training at your Leisure.

I was tidying up a few days ago and I found some lovely feedback I got from a participant on one of our two day NNAS Navigation Skills Courses a few years ago. It was quite a long note but the piece that made me think more was this.

“….Right from the start she made us feel relaxed and was extremely patient. I really enjoyed her company and was so pleased to find a normal person leading the course! I was afraid I would be trained by a gung-ho youngster, but instead I found our trainer was a really, really nice woman who didn’t care that I amble up hills. This course is very woman friendly (well everyone friendly, actually) and avoids any competition. Participants are not judged by their physical appearance and you won’t feel intimidated……”

Beck at Gordale Scar
Beck at Gordale Scar

It was nice to be called “normal” under these circumstances as I think I am! Everybody can get involved in navigation from all ages to a wide range of abilities. Over the years we have had triathlon competitors, ultra runners to women who are out walking their dogs on their own. I often fall into that category.

The point I want to make is that you do not need to be super-fit and you do not need to climb mountains to enjoy the feelings of freedom and adventure that you can get when out exploring the countryside with your map and compass.  In fact the fresh air and exercise, at whatever level, can help your fitness, reduce your stress and allow you to get some perspective in your life.  I love to go out walking and having some time away from work and other commitments. It works for me, every time.

Teaching how to take a bearing off the map.
Navigation skills can be taught all year round.

You do not need to be going very far, or very high to see beautiful views in the Yorkshire Dales but being able to read a map and use a compass confidently is essential to your enjoyment and safety.  Learning these skills with us can be done at a pace to suit you. I do not like having to worry about keeping up with other people especially when I am trying to learn. Your sole purpose becomes trying not to be left behind or look bad which is no state of mind for you to learn in. Gaining navigation skills is not about speed. Yes, there are elements when you need to time yourself covering a distance but that is about you learning what your speed is so you can make estimates on ground covered when you are the navigator.

None or our navigation  events are rushed but we thought that some people might like to come to the Yorkshire Dales to learn and develop their map and compass skills in a more leisurely way and one where they have also have time to spend exploring the area on their own. With this in mind we will be running a three day midweek Navigation Skills at your Leisure event on Monday 19th, Tuesday 20th & Wednesday 21st May. Each morning there will be 4 hours of skills training in a different place each time and then you will be free to explore the area on your own or relax at where you are staying. We can recommend different places for all budgets that welcome walkers and muddy boots. The 3 days will be a NNAS Bronze/Silver Course which is accredited with a certificate and badge on successful completion. If you do not want any form of assessment that will be entirely up to you so do not be put off. The cost of the three days is £126.00 and this will include a local, qualified and experienced instructor, the loan of a map and compass for the duration and a badge and certificate at the end. Want to know more? Contact me on 01729 824455 or email pam@yorkshiredalesguides.co.uk

Cannot do those dates?  If you like the idea of doing some training over a longer period but these dates are not suitable please get in touch as we can usually arrange other dates to suit. Don’t forget Yorkshire Dales Guides does not have any minimum numbers so once one person has booked on any of our events it will go ahead. There is nothing worse than making all your accommodation and travel arrangements to find out your course has been cancelled! Not with us.

Navigation in Summer
Time for some planning
Competition, Skills for Walking

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

NNAS Navigation Courses

It was a mixed couple of days for our last NNAS Bronze and Silver Navigation Course in October. We had wet and windy conditions on the Saturday when we were walking near Penyghent and cold but beautifully sunny weather on Sunday up at Ribblehead. This course is suitable for anyone from complete beginners to people wishing to develop their skills and build up their confidence for navigating in poor weather. We only work with small numbers so we can cater for a variety of levels. The next course is on Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th November. Skills For Walking Event Information

Some feedback from two of the participants:

“Thanks again for the course this weekend and your patience! It was really useful and just what I was looking for.”

“I really enjoyed the course and found it very informative and useful. Thanks again,”