Learn the skills required to keep you safe when walking in the hills!
Guided Walking Holidays - Navigation and Hill Skills at Hassness Country House
Are you interested in learning how to use a map and compass or brushing up on your map reading skills? These two Courses enable you to learn the skills involved to navigate on the hills, plus obtain a recognised outdoor navigation qualification (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 are still an integral part of safe hill walking. These two and three day practical Courses involve the theoretical and practical essential map and compass skills you need to plan your own walks safely and confidently.
Navigation Course – Bronze Award (Grade 4)
Operates on: 2 November 2019, 21 March 2020, 15 May 2020 & 7 November 2020.
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.
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.
Navigation Course – Silver Award (Grade 6)
Operates on: 5 November 2019 & 10 November 2020.
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, however this is not essential particularly if you already have experience of navigating in the hills.
Advanced Hill Skills (Grade 4) NEW
Operates on: 24 March 2020 & 18 May 2020.
Following on from your Bronze Award Course, but also open to all, take the opportunity to spend three walking days putting the navigation you have learnt to practical use (fully guided). Also, learn the skills to give you the confidence and competence for independent travel in the hills. We cover journey planning, equipment and clothing, weather, emergency procedures and protocols, navigation and environmental awareness. This is no assessment element to this course.
Subject to availability, you can book the Bronze and Silver Award Courses as consecutive holidays and stay a week at Hassness Country House (tour code 70097).
You can also book the Bronze Award Course and the Advanced Hill Skills as consecutive holidays and stay for a week at Hassness Country House (tour code 70090).
Local Transport costs to and from trailheads are not included. To get to and from the walks, we ask those taking their cars to Hassness Country House to assist and offer their walking companions a lift to and from the trailheads. If cars are not available, private coach hire may be booked at an additional cost to you. Your Course Instructor can assist with this.
If you really like to stay in our Hassness Country House, you might also be interested in holidays like Great Lakeland Ridge Walks, Women's Activity Week, Lakeland Explorer and Mindfulness in the Mountains.