Navigation Courses

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Our National Navigation Award Scheme Courses are run all year round, usually within Northumberland National Park, but we are happy to provide them in the Lake District or Yorkshire Dales, if you prefer.

Bronze and Silver Courses are run over two days, Gold Courses are two days training, followed by a one day assessment at a later date.

One-day (not NNAS) and Night navigation courses are also available.

On one day courses, we cover as much as possible in a day, or tailor the day to suit the needs of the participants. Typically, we will cover the following:

Setting the map
Thumbing the map
Pacing and timing
Estimating distance
Grid references
Relocation strategies
Use of the compass.

Important: candidates undertaking an NNAS Course will have their details added to the Online Candidate Management System. This can be done in one of two ways:

1. The candidate may sign up to the Management System themselves, and create an account.

2. This can be done on by us on their behalf, if permission is given by completing a Participant Consent Form.

Bronze NNAS Award – Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the nature of a map as a two dimensional plan.
  • Understand how to use map symbols and scales, on a variety of maps.
  • Take a 6 figure grid reference for any given position and also locate such a reference on the map.
  • Orientate the map with and without a compass.
  • Use the orientated map to identify land features and indicate direction of travel.
  • Choose simple navigation strategies and routes.
  • Use linear features (e.g. paths and tracks) as handrails in simple navigation exercises.
  • Estimate distance on both map and ground.
  • Using a basic understanding of contours, match major landforms like hills and valleys to their map representation.
  • Plan a safe, suitable walk.
  • Relocate using simple techniques on paths and other handrails.
  • Understand access rights and responsibilities.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of local and national access issues and access legislation.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the Countryside Code, and of procedures to be followed in the event of an emergency.

Silver NNAS Award - Learning Outcomes (in addition to those of the Bronze Award)

  • Devise a strategy for a navigational stage, to break it down into 'coarse' and 'fine' navigation and to use clear features en route to check that they are 'on course'.
  • Understand and apply the following components of a navigational strategy '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 the navigation physical and factors affecting route choice.
  • Judge distance accurately on the map and on the ground.
  • Plan a safe walk or route involving Silver award skills and strategies.

  • Employ simple relocation strategies when lost.

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

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the effects of fatigue and physical discomfort brought on by navigating in demanding countryside and/or extreme weather condition. Knowledge of basic first aid is also expected.

  • Demonstrate knowledge and application of the Countryside Code and current access legislation as for the Bronze level together with an appreciation of basic environmental factors in mixing 'man with nature' (e.g. footpath erosion and methods of dealing with it), and responsibilities towards other countryside interests like farming, forestry and conservation.

Gold NNAS Award - Learning Outcomes (in addition to those of Bronze and Silver)                 

The cost of NNAS Courses (two days) is £110.00 per person for Bronze and Silver, £120 per person for Gold.

Gold Assessment £90.00 per person.

Discounts available for groups.

One day navigation courses cost £50.00 per person.

Ratios for NNAS Courses 1:6

Ratios for One Day Course 1:8

All courses are run by qualified Mountain Leaders, with many years experience in all areas of the UK, in all weather conditions. We do not have huge amounts of clients on navigation courses, hence ample time can be spent with each person, ensuring they have the opportunity to practice, and understand what they have been taught.

Contact Paul on 07786902586, 0191 4133775 or email info@northeastguides.com for a quote.

Kit list and course programme will be sent out on confirmation of booking.The meeting place for navigation courses in Northumberland, will be Clennell Hall Country House, Alwinton, where there is ample parking. We will  then have tea/coffee and cover some theory before spending the rest of the day on the hill. We will return to Clennell Hall Country House at the end of each day for a debrief, and refreshments. 

Available courses

This is a list of upcoming courses. You can reserve places on a course by clicking on Book. Please read our Terms and Conditions before booking.

Start End Course Location Price Places Left  
25 Nov 2017 25 Nov 2017 Night Navigation 17.00 - Alwinton £25.00 8 7 Book
26 Nov 2017 26 Nov 2017 One Day Navigation Course 09.30 - Alwinton £50.00 8 8 Book
9 Dec 2017 9 Dec 2017 One Day Navigation Course 09.30 - Alwinton £50.00 8 8 Book
15 Dec 2017 15 Dec 2017 Night Navigation 17.00 - Alwinton £25.00 8 8 Book
16 Dec 2017 16 Dec 2017 One Day Navigation Course 09.30 - Alwinton £50.00 8 8 Book
16 Dec 2017 17 Dec 2017 Bronze or Silver NNAS Award 09.30 - Alwinton £110.00 6 6 Book
29 Dec 2017 29 Dec 2017 Night Navigation 17.00 - Alwinton £25.00 8 8 Book
6 Jan 2018 14 Oct 2017 One Day Navigation Course 09.30 - Alwinton £60.00 8 8 Book
6 Jan 2018 7 Jan 2018 Gold NNAS Training 09.30 - Borrowdale £120.00 4 4 Book
6 Jan 2018 7 Jan 2018 Bronze or Silver NNAS Award 09.30 Alwinton £110.00 6 6 Book
27 Jan 2018 27 Jan 2018 One Day Navigation Course 09.30 - Alwinton £60.00 8 8 Book
27 Jan 2018 28 Jan 2018 Bronze or Silver NNAS Award 09.30 - Alwinton £110.00 6 6 Book
10 Feb 2018 11 Feb 2018 Bronze or Silver NNAS Award 09.30 - Alwinton £110.00 6 6 Book
10 Feb 2018 10 Feb 2018 One Day Navigation Course 09.30 - Alwinton £60.00 8 8 Book
3 Mar 2018 4 Mar 2018 Bronze or Silver NNAS Award 09.30 Alwinton £110.00 6 6 Book
10 Mar 2018 10 Mar 2018 One Day Navigation Course 09.30 - Alwinton £60.00 8 8 Book
10 Mar 2018 11 Mar 2018 Bronze or Silver NNAS Award 09.30 - Alwinton £110.00 6 6 Book
17 Mar 2018 18 Mar 2018 Bronze or Silver NNAS Award 09.30 - Alwinton £110.00 6 6 Book