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Navigation Training Courses

Northern Guiding Navigation Training Courses

  • NNAS Bronze
  • NNAS Silver
  • Mountain skills and navigation
  • Mountain Leader refresher
  • Map reading courses
  • Compass course
  • One day navigation course

We also offer private NNAS Mountain Skills Courses – prices on request.

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

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

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NNAS Courses

NNAS Courses are practical and include advice on relevant safety and access issues when walking in the countryside and all provide navigation skills so you can enjoy your walks. 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 so they’ll be no more relying on guide books to get out and about.

NNAS Bronze Course

This Award gives you the skills to walk in the 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.

Bronze Award Dates

*All Bronze courses are £115 per person

8th-9th February based from Kettlewell

14th-15th March based from Reeth

3rd-4th November based from Malham

17th-18th November based from Malham

8th-9th December Based from Kettlewell

       9th-10th February 2019 Based from Kettlewell

23rd-24th February 2019 based from Reeth

30th-31st March 2019 based from Malham

1st-2nd June 2019 based from Burnsall

31st August 2019 – 1st September based from Reeth

12th- 13th October 2019 based from October

NNAS Silver Course

2nd-3rd November 2019 based from Hawes

14th-15th December 2019 based from Kettlewell

18th-19th December 2019 based from Hawes

You will able to plan and follow your own walk across open country.

Silver Award Dates

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

One day Map Reading/Compass Courses

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

This will give you basic map reading & compass skills.

Map Reading/Compass Course Dates


22nd April- based from Ilkley

29th April – based from Ketttlewell

24th June – based from Malham

28th October- based from Kettlewell


24th March based from Malham

9th June      based from Kettlewell

6th October based from Kettlewell

17th November based from Ambleside

8th December based from Ilkley


*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. Based from Aviemore the courses range from 2 to 4 days. Our 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

Winter Hill Skills course Dates 2018

January 12th-14th £300 per person

January 26th-28th £300 per person

February 3rd-4th £200 per person

February 11th-17th £700 per person we hope to do at least 3 Scottish peaks depending on weather

February 24th-26th £300 per person

March 3rd-4th £200 per person

March 10th-11th £200 per person

December 8th-10th £300 per person

December 27th-30th £400 per person


January 11th-13th £300 per person

January 26th-27th £200 per person

February 2nd-3rd £200 per person

February 17th-23rd £700 per person we hope to do at least 3 Munros depending on weather

March 1st-3rd  £300 per person

9th-10th March £200 per person

December 21st-22nd £200 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 or 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

To book call now on 0113 736417 or send us a message
if you have any questions.