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Navigation & Hill Skills Course

Learn the skills to keep you safe in the hills!

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Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • We provide training, both in the classroom and the great outdoors
  • Learn map skills in spectacular Lake District scenery
  • The chance to obtain an outdoor qualification

Are you interested in learning how to use a map and compass or brushing up your map reading skills? Want to go independent hill walking? These courses will enable you to learn the necessary skills to navigate safely, enjoy a day and/or obtain a recognised certificate (a Bronze or Silver award) from the National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS).

Despite GPS technology, which we’ll discuss and demonstrate, traditional map and compass skills remain an integral part of safe hill walking. These two and three-day practical courses will guide you through all the essential map and compass competencies you require to navigate your walking safely and confidently. Our new Advanced Hill Skills course will enable you to take on fresh challenges in the hills. 

Navigation Course – Bronze Award (Grade 4)

Operates on: 21 July 2021 & 06 November 2021

This course is aimed at beginners, or those wishing to improve their rusty skills and covers all the NNAS Bronze syllabus and overlaps with some aspects of the Silver syllabus. At the end of the course you’ll have the opportunity to be assessed and to receive the NNAS Bronze award or just to take the experience gained to help you in your own forays into the hills. This course combines setting the map, identifying features, interpreting contours, taking and following a compass bearing, estimating distance travelled, identifying a practical route, understanding map scales, distances, symbols and grid references. We’ll introduce you to the most important navigation skills such as: setting the map, identifying features, interpreting contours, taking and following a compass bearing, estimating distance travelled, identifying a practical route, understanding maps scales, distances, symbols and grid references. Why not follow your bronze course up with our Advanced Hill Skills course, perfect for gaining further experience and safety on your walks.

Navigation Course – Silver Award (Grade 6)

Operates on: 09 November 2021

The silver NNAS award builds upon skills acquired at Bronze level. You will, amongst other things, learn how to navigate to features some distance from paths and tracks, use a compass to a high level of accuracy, obtain a greater understanding of contour lines, judge distances and plan a safe walk. We recommend that you have the Bronze award before being assessed for the Silver award.

  • Accommodation at Hassness Country House
  • All meals included except on Thursday (applies to 09 Nov 2021 Silver Award)
  • Tuition and use of necessary maps and equipment throughout
  • Assessment for an award (optional!) at the end of the NNAS courses
  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
  • (Local transport is not included on this holiday)

Holiday Information

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.

Accommodation

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