2 day Navigation training course in the lake district.

 LOCATION:            COST:

 Ambleside,                    £90

 DURATION:           RATIO:

 2 DAYS                          1:6                                                  


 2 day mountain navigation training course

Being in the great outdoors can be an exhilarating experience. Especially if you have planned your own route and have confidence in your map reading skills. With these tools you are free to explore some the most spectacular places that the UK has to offer. Safe in the Knowledge that you know exactly where you are.  

With this course we aim to give you the "tools" to be able to get out further and explore more. The 2 day course is run year round and tailored to suit your level of ability, this means that we can be flexible in what we cover to ensure that everyone is getting as much out of the course.

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Course outline

This great Navigation Training Course is aimed at those who already have some mountain navigation experience  or are  wanting to learn the skills to be able to venture out on the mountains a little more

During the 2 days we will cover the core fundamentals of mountain nav in depth as well as looking at aspects of mountain safety . This is very much a hands on course with maximum time being spend on the fells. We keep our group sizes to a max of 5 to ensure that everyone gets as much out of their instructor as possible .

Day 1: We will meet at a prearranged venue where we'll go through the out line of the next two days and cover some of the basics (over a brew of course!) From there we will be heading onto the mountains for the rest of the day learning the skills in an open and hands on way. 

Day 2: We start the day at the same location we met on day 1, after a quick refresher we will be heading straight out to put all the skills we learned yesterday into practice, this will generally involve the ascent of a peak. All while we will spend time developing your confidence and your own ability to navigate in a mountain environment .


Enough clothes to keep warm and dry in all weathers


Lunch and something to drink
Suitable footwear
Map and compass ( OL 4 )
Note book and pen

Walking poles  (optional)


•Devising a strategy for navigation

•How to use ‘tick’ features on route to check your going in the right direction.

•How to take and follow a compass bearing.

•How and when to use ‘aiming off’, ‘attack points’

•Understand contour features.

•Pacing, timings and distance

•Plan a safe route taking into account the weather forecast 

•Use simple relocation strategies 

•Use a compass to check the direction of footpaths or other linear features

.•Take and give a 6 figure grid reference


 The course fee includes full instruction from a qualified and experienced   Mountain leader. We can also provide maps and compasses if you need one. 

Anyone booked on to one of our courses receives 10% off at Cotswolds Outdoors - Grassmere


 This course is aimed at people who have never picked up a map and compass before or would like to refresh and learn a few new skills.

I've done this what could I do next ?

So you've brushed up on your mountain navigation and are now looking to step it up a notch - Did you know that being able to navigate at night or in poor weather is just as important as being able to navigate in the day time ? With our night mountain navigation course we will help you to be more confident at heading into the mountains in the dark. Alternatively why not look at our  3 days course and learn the skills to head out in the mountains on multi day journeys and camp out .