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Northern Guiding offers the following Navigation Training Courses

  • Map reading skills coursesBasic navigation training course

  • NNAS Bronze

  • NNAS Silver

  • Mountain skills and navigation

  • Mountain Leader refresher

  • Map reading courses

  • Compass course

  • One day navigation course

We can offer private NNAS/Mountain Skills courses – prices on request.

All navigation courses take place in the Yorkshire Dales apart from the Mountain Skills which takes place in the Lake District.

We can run courses in other parts of the country to suit your choice but there would be an additional charge for travel and accommodation if required.

NNAS logoNNAS courses

Are practical and include advice, relevant safety and access issues when walking in the countryside and all so give you the navigation skills so you can enjoy a walk. Do you want to:-

  • Understand an OS map?
  • Learn how to use a compass?
  • Always know where you are?
  • Be able to plan your own walks using rights of way and across open country?
  • Never get lost again by being a competent navigator?

NNAS will give you the skills to do this there will be no more relying on guide books to get out and about…

NNAS Bronze Course

This award gives you the skills to walk in valleys and the terrain of the Yorkshire Dales. The course includes map skills, route planning, grid references, compass skills, contour interpretation, distance estimation, relocation, emergency procedures and kit knowledge.
You will able to plan and follow your own walks following rights of way on a map.

2017 Course Dates

*All Bronze courses are £115 per person

11th-12th February based from Kettlewell

11th-12th March based from Kettlewell

20th-21st May based from Malham

24th-25th June based from Keld

11-10 September based from Burnsall

7th-8th October Based from Reeth

NNAS Silver Course

This award follows on from the Bronze and gives you the skills to navigate across open country, the course includes route simplification, compass bearings, navigation strategies, relocation in remote areas and dealing with poor visibility.
You will able to plan and follow your own walk across open country.

2017 Course Dates

*All Silver courses are £115 per person unless stated otherwise, to book you must have done a bronze course first

12th-13th October  Based from  Hawes

27th-28th October Based from Ingleton

4th-5th November Based from Hawes

One day Map Reading/Compass Courses

Do you want to learn how to use a compass? Taking compass bearings and get yourself off the hill in bad weather, theses courses includes navigation using linear features such as walls and rivers, navigating using contours, map symbols, types of map, grid references, using a compass to take bearings from ground to map, using back bearings.
This will give you basic map reading & compass skills.

2017 Course Dates

5th March – based from Kettlewell

1st April – based from Ilkley

13th August – based from Malham

*This one day course is £50 per person

Winter Hill Skills

Map reading courses in the Yorkshire DalesTo travel safe in the mountains in the winter months you have to know what you are doing our courses are designed to do that  our courses are based from Aviemore they range from 2 to 4 days, out 3 and 4 day  courses include an ascent of a Scottish peak

On our courses will cover:

  • Winterising your kit
  • Using secure foot work
  • Appropriate use of ice axe including emergency use
  • efficient safe movement with crampons
  • Avalanche awareness including looking at the snow pack and identifying snow layers
  • Safe route choice/identify snow hazards
  • Emergency rope work
  • Winter navigation
2017 Course Dates

January 14th-15th £200 per person

January 28th-29th £200 per person

February 4th-5th £200 per person

February 12th-17th £700 per person we hope to do at least 3 Scottish peaks depending on weather

February 24th-26th £300 per person

March 3rd-5th £300 per person

March 11th-12th £200 per person

December 8th-10th £300 per person

December 27th-30th £400 per person

Mountain Leader Refresher

This brushes up on your navigation skills before assessment or if you have been deferred on navigation.

Mountain skills and navigation

This is a 2 day course based in the Lake District. Are you a keen walker and want to try walking in the mountains and want more adventure and more exciting routes like Striding Edge, Snowdon Horseshoe this course will give you the confidence to do that.

Course content includes:-

  • Mountain weather forecast
  • Movement across mountains
  • Dealing with steep ground/scrambles
  • Navigation skills
  • Compass skills
  • Essential gear
  • Looking after yourself
  • Emergency situations

Call now to book or ask any questions on 0113 736417