Navigation courses

You’ve walked some great routes but have always been with a group and you’re keen to get out on the hill, either on your own or leading a group of friends.

Or maybe you have a dream adventure you’re planning and want to ensure you have a great time and succeed.

Tinkadventures can provide a range of navigational courses should you wish to build your confidence in the outdoors and increase your skills map reading. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never used a map or if you’re confident being out and want to get never get lost again!

Our range of courses cover the basics to get you started, right through to advanced techniques.  We are also registered National Navigation Awards Scheme Providers. 

One day courses – Beginner to Advanced

We deliver a range of one day courses from introduction to navigation for complete beginners, to more complex navigating by contours and bearings, including night navigation sessions.

Bronze Award

This is an entry level navigation course, delivered over 12 hours and is aimed at individuals with no prior navigation experience.

Learn to navigate in the countryside using paths, tracks and other linear features. The course covers basic map interpretation and compass work. By the end of the course you will be confident to undertake countryside and low level walks anywhere in the UK.

Silver Award

A 16 hour course for those with some navigation experience who wish to improve their skills and confidence away from footpaths. This course is perfect if you are looking to be assessed for the Hill & Moorland Leader award and want to ensure you are confident with your navigation.

The course covers navigation in the open countryside. You will develop skills required to navigate to features and places some distance from paths and tracks. You will also learn accurate compass work and an ability to use appropriate navigational techniques to go across country in some cases, eg. choosing an appropriate attack point.

National Navigation Gold Award

A 16 hour course for those who want to be navigational masters and be confident in poor visibility away from footpaths on remote, poorly defined terrain.

This is a perfect course for Mountain Leader Trainees keen to ensure that their navigation is up to the standard required for assessment.

The course covers navigation in the open moorlands. You will develop skills required to navigate to detailed features. You will learn complex navigation strategies of back bearings and using aspect of slope to identify your location as well as gain the confident to navigate in poor visibility and darkness.

For the Gold award you will be sent a home paper to complete prior to the training/assessment course.


In order to deliver the best possible NNAS courses at the moment we are delivering the courses with a mix of online learning and outdoor teaching to ensure that content that would usually be covered indoors is not missed while we are not able to teach indoors.

For details of our dates for all our NNAS courses check out our Events Calendar page or get in touch for a tailored course.