Navigate UK  | Navigate Northumberland

Learn to Navigate

Are you worried about going into the hills/mountains as you don’t feel confident about reading a map and you don’t want to rely on technology just in case a battery runs out? Or do you just want to improve your skills? Join us on one of our courses.

Beginners Course

£ 50.00

This one-day open course is great for beginners and will give you the basic knowledge you need to head out safely in to the hills and mountains of the UK.

This course is perfect for anyone with little or no prior navigation experience. If you are a hill walker who wants to be able to head out and be more confident if the weather worsens to get off the hills this course is for you.

Course Dates

course content

One day of practical navigation

Key symbols, i.e. how to find a footpath, fence, stream, etc., and how to interpret them

Introduction to different map scales

Setting the map

Interpreting contours

Planning and following a route using paths and other key features

Compass basics

Advanced Course

£ 50.00

This one-day advance Navigation Course is suitable for anyone who has completed one of our Beginners Navigation Courses, or who can already competently use a map and has the relevant skills.

Course Dates

course content

How to plan and follow a route across featureless terrain

Estimating distances accurately using pacing and timing

Navigating in poor or limited visibility

How to use the compass

Re-orientating yourself if you do get lost

Mountain weather – how the weather affects our route planning and choice during the day

Emergency procedures in case of an incident

Choice and use of equipment

Bespoke Course

£ 50

The content of this course can be tailored to you and be a day or just an evening to suit you, but aimed at people who know the basic’s of navigation and want to improve. The cost of this course is TBC once we agree the requirement.

course content

Night Navigation – how to find your way in darkness across the mountains

Navigation at pace for events, such as Mountain Marathons

Navigation in a particular area

All courses include

A qualified Mountain Leader (or higher award)

Local knowledge of the venues

We can provide maps and compasses if required

Professional coaching & instruction