BMC Next Steps in Navigation

A one day navigation course for those with some navigational experience including poor weather navigation.

This one day course develops your navigational skills including navigating in poor visibility, which could potentially mean the dark. During the day we will look at consolidating your current skills of navigation and then developing them into a more efficient and accurate package, including how to cope with poor visibility caused either by low cloud or the dark. This will be a day spent outside in whatever the weather brings learning by doing, please make sure you have the equipment needed to spend 6 hours outside potentially in wet weather!

BMC Next Steps in Navigation – Course Format

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:

  • Using and applying navigational strategies such as ‘aiming off’, ‘attack points’ and ‘collect-ing features’.
  • Using both large and small contour features on the map and on the ground.
  • Understanding the physical factors affecting route choice.
  • Judging distance accurately on the map and on the ground.
  • Planning a safe walk or route.
  • Employing simple relocation strategies when lost.
  • Techniques for night navigation and poor weather navigation.
  • Using a compass to follow accurate bearings and to check the direction of footpaths or other linear features on both map and ground.
  • Developing knowledge of the effects of fatigue and physical discomfort brought on by navigating in demanding countryside and/or extreme weather condition
  • Countryside Code and current access legislation together with an appreciation of environmental and land management issues.

Close 17:00

Course Details

  • Location: Peak District
  • Cost: £40 per person
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Ratio: 1:6
  • Level: Introduction
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More Information

  • Course Dates
  • Meeting Point

    The course will meet at The Sir William Hotel at 0900 in the village of Grindleford. The village has good bus and train links with Sheffield and good train links to Manchester.

    The hotel has ample free parking.

  • 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 before you arrive if you require this.

  • Fitness Level

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

  • Accommodation Options

    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.


  • How do I book ?

    The best way is via this webpage. Choose the date from the options on the above and then submit your booking and pay.

  • Does the course include accommodation ?

    Not usually! We prefer to let you choose where you will be most comfortable. This may be in a tent or in a luxury hotel.

    In the Peak District we work out of the The Sir William hotel. This is a comfortable Inn with stunning views over the Hope valley and it also serves great food. We recommend that you stay here as they are well versed in looking after walkers and climbers, offer a 10% discount to BtE clients and it’s a 30 second commute from the breakfast table to our meeting room!

    They can be contacted at which is best as it allows them to answer when they have a spare few minutes or alternatively 01433 630 303 and ask to speak to Alan.

    If this doesn’t suit you for whatever reason, further accommodation options can be found on our accommodation page.

    For bespoke courses and events we can arrange whatever you desire from a bivouac under the stars to a spa hotel.

  • Children, Parking, Dogs, COVID and everything else...

    You will find all of the most frequently asked questions and their answers on our FAQ webpage

Course Details

  • Location: Peak District
  • Cost: £40 per person
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Ratio: 1:6
  • Level: Introduction
Select course date

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