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Introduction to Navigation

Location:

Peak District

Cost:

£75 per person

Duration:

1 day

Max. Ratio:

1:8

A one day navigation course for the complete beginner.

You know what a map is, but the myriad of lines on it can get confusing and you have a huge sigh of relief when you follow a guidebook route and end up back safely where you started. Working out where to go on the map would have incorporated a significant element of guesswork and a fair bit of good luck.u

You can remove this fear in a day with a simple Introduction to navigation course. We look at maps and compasses and how to navigate with confidence along simple routes. This is the first day of our two day NNAS Bronze course which includes further tuition and assessment to award the NNAS Bronze certificate.

If you want to be learn to walk (or run) on bearings away from paths then our Intermediate Navigation (NNAS silver) course is your progression.

Course Dates

Sat 9 Feb Course full
Sat 23 March
Thu 11 Apr
Sat 18 May
Sat 29 June
Thu 11 July
Sat 27 July
Sun 25 Aug
Mon 16 Sept
Thu 10 Oct
Sat 26 Oct
Sat 16 Nov
Sat 14 Dec

Bespoke Dates

If there are no suitable dates and there are two or more of you that want to learn navigation, please contact the office and we will arrange some dates to suit your diary.

Meeting Point

The course will meet in Grindleford at 0900. It has good bus and train links to Sheffield and good train links to Manchester.

Course Format

The Introduction to navigation course will be flexible depending on the prevailing weather conditions. A rough outline of the course is:
Start 09:00 Grindleford

We start with a short chat to introduce the course and ourselves and also work out individuals knowledge before heading out. During the day we will cover:

  • The basics of navigation
  • Maps. Different types and scales.
  • Orientating the map
  • Grid references
  • Measuring distances by timing and pacing
  • Relocating when lost
  • Compasses. Different types and their uses.

Close 17:00

Equipment Required

A full kit list with recommendations as to what works best is contained in the Joining Instructions. These also contain a host of helpful tips and links to articles and videos to help you get the most out of the course.
Key items are:

  • Map.  The Peak District White Peak area 1:25,000. OL24. We strongly recommend using laminated maps
  • Compass. We recommend the Silva Type 4 or Expedition compass. Read our review here. Cheaper compasses malfunction very regularly (on average 1 per course) so we advise you don’t waste your money and buy a good one from the start.
Recommended Reading

Whilst it is not required to read anything before the course (apart from the joining instructions!), we give some suggestions below. More detailed suggestions together with a host of helpful links and videos are contained in our Introduction to Navigation Course Joining Instructions.

The official handbook of Mountain Training (National Governing Body) that covers navigation contains lots of useful information. It is:
Mountain Training Handbook, Volume 4, Navigation in the mountains. Carlo Forte.
Ordnance survey also produces a very useful free downloadable guide: www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/docs/ebooks/map-reading.pdf

Accommodation

This Beyond the Edge course is non-residential to allow you to select between a thermarest or 5 star hotel as you require. There is lots of accommodation in the Hope Valley and we recommend The Sir William which offers BtE clients a discounted rate (code given on booking) and we often start courses from here. There are other local pubs, B&B’s and also YHA’s in the villages of Hathersage, Eyam and Castleton. Popular campsites include North Lees under Stanage Edge and Pindale Farm

Fitness/Training

This is a gentle day so all you need is an ability to walk along paths and tracks.

Related Courses

If you are already a reasonably confident walker then the NNAS silver / Intermediate navigation course would be suitable or if a confident navigator why not challenge yourself and book on the night navigation, Gold NNAS or ML refresher course.

Booking & Other Courses

Two girls learning to use a compass and map read on an Introduction to Navigation course in the Peak District

Book Course

A gloved hand holding a map on a navigation course

2 Day Intro / NNAS Bronze

A man and a lady using a map and compass whilst learning to navigate at night on a navigation course in the Peak District.

Night Navigation