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Beginners Navigation Course / NNAS Bronze


Peak District


£140 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.

Who is it for ?

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.

Or more simply, anyone who doesn’t want to get lost or those that have and recognise it wasn’t very sensible!

Course Overview

A highly practical two days giving you the essentials to be able to follow paths and tracks on your outdoor adventures.

We provide maps and compasses, and teach you how to use them to navigate with confidence along simple routes.

The first day of the beginners course is the same course content as our Introduction to Navigation 1 day course. The second day builds on those basics and 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.

For some courses we offer a space where women can develop and practice their skills in a women’s only environment, learning from female instructors. If you would like to attend a women’s only course, please look for the ‘(women’s only)’ indication after the date in the list.

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.

Course Dates

April – Sat 24 – Sun 25
May – Sat 8 – Sun 9,     Mon 17 – Tue 18,     Sat 29 – Sun 30
June – Sat 5 – Sun 6,     Thu 17 – Fri 18,     Sat 26 – Sun 27
July – Sat 10 – Sun 11,     Mon 19 – Tue 20, Women only     Sat 31 – Sun 1 Aug
August – Sat 14 – Sun 15,     Thu 19 – Fri 20,     Sat 28 – Sun 29
September – Sat 11 – Sun 12,     Mon 20 – Tue 21
October – Sat 2 – Sun 3,      Sat 23 – Sun 24 Women only
November– Sat 13 – Sun 14,     Mon 22 – Tues 23
December Sat 11 – Sun 12
January 2022 – Sat 8 – Sun 9,       Sat 29 – Sun 30

Bespoke Dates

If there are no dates suitable and there are four 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.
We can provide maps and a compass, please just let us know if you require this.

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 and most courses start from here. Other options are listed on our Accommodation page.


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