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Beginners Navigation Course / NNAS Bronze


Peak District


£135 per person


2 days

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Navigation is an essential building block to equip anyone for outdoor adventures. This two day beginners navigation course is not only great fun, but gives you the basics to be competent on walks on paths around the Peak District and beyond. It awards the National Navigation Award Scheme NNAS Bronze certificate on its successful completion. We also cover basic emergency procedures so you can be safe anywhere on the hills.

Beyond the Edge are one of the UKs most experienced providers of mountain training courses and they are both highly informative and run by hugely experienced trainers. Importantly in our opinion, they are also fun and run in a friendly manner. We take great pride in the very high percentage of individuals who return for further courses.

The first day of the beginners course is the same course content as our Introduction to Navigation 1 day course. The second day teaches more advanced navigation techniques and allows refinement of the techniques learned in different terrain. This ensures the knowledge is ingrained in your navigational DNA.

If you are a regular hillwalker who has some map knowledge you may be suitable for NNAS silver. Please contact the office if you are unsure and we will steer you in the right direction.

Course Dates

Sat 24 – Sun 25 Aug Course full
Mon 16 – Tue 17 Sept
Mon 30 Sept – Tue 1 Oct
Sat 26 – Sun 27 Oct
Sat 16 – Sun 17 Nov
Sat 14 – Sun 15 Dec
Sat 11 – Sun 12 Jan 2020

Bespoke Dates

If there are no dates suitable and there are two or more of you that would like a Beginners Navigation course, please contact the office and we will arrange some dates and a location to suit your diary.

Meeting Point

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

Course Format

We start with a chat over a cuppa in our training room, covering some theory and a few fun exercises before heading outside. During the course we will cover:

  • The basics of navigation
  • Maps. Different types and scales.
  • Grid references
  • Orientating the map
  • Measuring distances
  • Understanding contours
  • Compass work
  • Planning a simple route
  • Navigational errors, spotting them and relocating
  • Emergency procedures
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 this Beginners Navigation course (apart from the 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.


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


You certainly don’t have to be super fit to enjoy this navigation course. Average fitness is all that is required.

Related Courses

If you are already reasonably confident with a map and compass why not challenge yourself and book on the night navigation course.

Booking & Related Courses

Book Beginners Navigation Course

Night Navigation

Intermediate Navigation