Our Peak District navigation skills course is aimed at people who would like to develop the map reading skills needed to walk independently across the UK. This One day course will focus on giving you the essential skills you need to navigate your way around the paths, moors and hills that the UK has to offer.
We will build your skills and your confidence as we progress through the day. Our instructors are all qualified Mountain Leaders and will focus on key skills such as route finding, orientating the map, relocating, taking bearings and many more. This is a practical course and you will also be given the opportunity to lead sections of the journey. As we progress our staff are there to answer questions and help you make sense of the detail contained within the maps.
At the end of the day we will provide feedback on your progress and identify any areas for further development. If this course is of interest to you then please contact us for further details. We can take bookings at any time of the year and will run a map reading course with as little as 2 people. We offer larger group discounts so please contact us if you have a group of 4 or more
Build on any previous knowledge to develop good practice
Become confident in your own ability
Small group sizes provide more learning opportunities
During the course you will learn about:
Understand and apply components such as 'aiming off' and 'attack points' and use them in different terrains
Use a compass to follow bearings and check various features on the map and the ground
Employ simple relocation strategies when lost
Judge distance on the map and on the ground accurately
Use contour features to aid navigation
Our Navigation courses can start not far from our main office in Bakewell in the heart of the Peak District. We will send clear joining instructions and meeting points upon booking.
After this course people have more navigational tools to help them as well as a more confident and decisive approach to the art of navigation.
Course Prerequisites: A desire to understand how to navigate safely and independently.
Suitable clothing to keep you warm and dry for the expected weather (check a forecast for this area or call us) carry a waterproof or windproof jacket. You will need a pair of walking boots for most of the day, a packed lunch and drink. Bring some cash as we can always find a café for tea and cake. Maps (OL1 & OL24) and compasses can be provided.