The skills to keep you safe in the hills!
Guided Walking Holidays - Navigation and Hill Skills Course
Are you interested in learning how to use a map and compass or brushing up your map reading skills? These courses will enable you to learn the skills to navigate in the hills and 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 are still an integral part of safe hill walking. These two and three day practical courses will take you through all the essential map and compass skills you need to plan your own walks and navigate safely and confidently.
Navigation Hill Skills Course – Bronze Award (Grade 4)
Operates on: 3 November 2018, 23 March, 15 May & 2 November 2019.
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 Hill Skills Course – Silver Award (Grade 6)
Operates on: 6 November 2018, 26 March & 5 November 2019.
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.
Subject to availability, you can book the Bronze and Silver Award courses as consecutive holidays and stay a week at Hassness.
Local Transport costs to and from trailheads are not included. To get to and from the walks, we may ask those taking their cars to Hassness to assist and offer their walking companions a lift to and from the trailheads. If cars are not available to use, private coach hire may be booked by our leader at an additional cost.
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 or Mindfulness in the Mountains.