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Develop your Navigation Skills

11/11/2023 @ 10:00 am 4:00 pm

Aimed at those with some navigation experience, on this two day course running on Saturday 13th May and Saturday 20th May you will learn to navigate in the countryside away from paths and trails, across open moorland and countryside. We will cover basic map interpretation, compass work and contours.

The course will cover the National Navigation Award Scheme Silver course syllabus. 

Over the two days you will gain the confidence to:

  • Aimed at those with some navigation experience, on this two day course running on consecutive Saturdays you will learn to navigate in the countryside away from paths and trails, across open moorland and countryside. We will cover basic map interpretation, compass work and contours.
  • The course will cover the National Navigation Award Scheme Silver course syllabus. 
  • Over the two days you will gain the confidence to:
  • Relate small hills, small valleys, and other features to their corresponding map contours. Use prominent hills, ridges, spurs and valleys as a means of navigation in good visibility.
  • Use landforms and point features to orientate the map and as collecting and catching features.
  • Use a compass to: Accurately follow a bearing; aim off; check the direction of handrails and other linear features.
  • Deviate briefly from a compass bearing to avoid obstacles or difficult terrain and accurately regain the original line.
  • Use back bearings to check route following accuracy.
  • Measure distance on the ground in varied, open terrain using timing and pacing and make practical allowances for any discrepancies.
  • Simplify legs using coarse navigation, attack points and fine navigation.
  • Recognise dangerous or difficult terrain on map and ground.
  • Plan and implement navigational strategies based on the above skills.
  • Maintain route finding accuracy in poor visibility or darkness.
  • Recognise a navigation error within a few minutes and apply appropriate relocation techniques.
  • Understand how personal fitness and nature of terrain affect route choice both at the planning stage and on the ground.
  • Understand the potential consequences of fatigue and physical discomfort in demanding terrain and/or extreme weather conditions.

The course will be delivered through a series of walks around the Peak District, so be prepared to be out on the hill.