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A 2 day course leading to the Silver National Navigation Award. This course is for people who enjoy hill and moorland walking and wish to improve their skills and gain confidence off path and on moorland terrain. The course offers the opportunity to become proficient in the use of a map and compass, think about and plan strategies while walking off the beaten track.


At the end of this course you will be able to:


• Use a compass to follow accurate bearings and to check the direction of footpaths or other linear features on both map and ground.

• Plan a strategy for a days walking on moorland and think about how you would break each stage down.

• Understand and apply components of a navigational strategy to include ‘aiming off’, ‘attack points’, ‘collecting features’, simplifying navigation, and apply them in varying terrain.

• Demonstrate an understanding of contour features, both large and small, on the map and on the ground.

• Demonstrate an understanding of factors affecting route choice.

• Judge distance accurately on the map and on the ground.

• Employ simple relocation strategies.

• Understand the affect of weather and staying safe in the moors and mountains. Demonstrate knowledge of the effects of fatigue and physical discomfort brought on by navigating in demanding countryside and/or extreme weather conditions.

• Understand the impact walkers might have on the countryside, and how to minimise this when walking.



National Navigation Award Scheme

Silver Training and Assessment

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Cost £120

per person



20th-21st February 2021 - Brecon Beacons

7th-8th June 2021 - Black Mountains


TBC - Private 1:1 Tuition at a date of your choice (Extra costs apply)


(All our NNAS courses include a Mountain Girl badge and certificate on completion)