Navigation Courses

Navigation for Women offers a variety of navigation courses in the Hope Valley area of the Peak District. Our one and two-day courses are limited to  6 to 8 participants so you'll never feel overwhelmed or lost in the crowd. If you prefer learning with a group of friends or colleagues, we can create tailor-made courses for small groups and individuals.

In the age of GPS technology it is easy to lose sight of the need for map and compass skills but they really do remain essential for safety in the hills. A GPS is a welcome addition to these skills but should never be seen as a replacement. A sound knowledge of how to use both a map and compass are vital for anyone venturing into the hills.

The side bar on this page contains a list of the different courses available.

All courses are non-residential. Accommodation, travel, food and drink are not included although we will send a list of local accommodation should you need it. For the NNAS Bronze and Silver courses, the first morning and part of the second morning is spent indoors learning the theory of navigation. We then head out to put this learning into practice.

Contact us  if you have any questions or would like to enquire about alternative dates for the courses listed.

Bronze Level

National Navigation Award Scheme Bronze Level
Price: £115 Location: Hathersage, Peak District (Map) reading-maps

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A two day course covering map reading and basic compass skills with plenty of time to practice skills in the outdoors. The course covers the NNAS Bronze Level syllabus and is suitable for complete beginners or those who have some experience with maps but would benefit from a weekend of tuition. The first morning and part of the second morning is spent indoors and we cover around 5 miles each day at a leisurely pace. For those who require a NNAS certificate and badge, these can be ordered and paid for on successful completion of the course (£10 fee). The compass element is very basic on the course and compasses can be borrowed (£10 returnable deposit).

Course Content

  • Map scales and symbols, national grid system, grid references
  • Interpreting contours
  • Measuring and estimating distance and time
  • Pacing and timing in practice
  • Using features to keep on track
  • Relocation techniques
  • Planning a walk
  • Setting the map with a compass
  • Access to the Countryside
  • Safety and emergency procedures
  • What to take / wear in the hills

For a full list of course content, visit the NNAS website.

Silver Level

National Navigation Award Scheme Silver Level
Price: £125 Location:  Hathersage, Peak District (Map) 2-women-navigating

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National Navigation Awards Scheme (Silver)
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A 2 day course for those who would like to improve their map reading and learn, or improve, compass skills. You will learn how to use the map and compass to aid you in both good and bad visibility. You will cover strategies to help you relocate and navigate across open moorland. You will also cover safety and access in the hills. The first morning and part of the second morning is spent indoors and we cover between 5 and 8  miles each day at a leisurely pace. For those who require a NNAS certificate and badge, these can be ordered and paid for on successful completion of the course (£10 fee). Compasses can be borrowed for the course (£10 returnable deposit).

Course content:

  • Interpreting contour lines
  • Using a compass to walk on a bearing, back bearings
  • Aiming off, attack points, catching features and handrails
  • Timing and pacing
  • Route finding in poor visibility
  • Access to the Countryside
  • Safety and emergency procedures
  • What to take / wear in the hills

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Map Reading

Map Reading Skills for the Hills Beginner
Price: £65 Location: Hathersage, Peak District (Map) women-navigating

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A one day introduction to the art of map reading. We aim to cover the basics of map reading to give you the confidence to get out and about in the hills. The course is suitable for complete beginners or those who have some experience with maps but would benefit from a day of tuition. Part of the morning will be spent indoors learning the theory of map reading. We then head out into the hills to practice this theory. We walk around 5 miles at a leisurely pace. The course covers only a very basic compass element - compasses can be borrowed (£10 returnable deposit).

Course Content

  • Map scales and symbols, national grid system, grid references
  • Interpreting contours
  • Measuring and estimating distance and time
  • Pacing and timing in practice
  • Planning a walk
  • Setting the map with a compass

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Compass Skills

Compass Skills for the Hills Beginner
Price: £65 Location: Hathersage, Peak District (Map) compass-skills

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A one-day introduction to the use of the compass for navigation in the hills. We aim to cover the many uses of the compass to give you the confidence to get out and about in the hills both on and off path. The course is suitable for those who can read a map and have either no, or basic, compass skills. Also suitable for those who need a refresher course. We recommend you have your own compass for this course although a compass can be borrowed if you prefer (£10 returnable deposit).

Course Content:

  • The components of the compass
  • The three norths
  • Setting the map with a compass
  • Taking, and walking on, a bearing
  • Back bearings
  • Map to ground navigation
  • Ground to map navigation

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 Advanced Navigation / Refresher

 Advanced Navigation / RefresherIntermediate
Price: £65Location: Edale, Peak District (Map) 

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Course Description A one day navigation course for those who have either done the NNAS Silver Course or are experienced in the use of map and compass. The day will take place on Kinder Scout where the terrain is rough and navigation is challenging. We will be practicing walking on a bearing and using map and compass skills to find our way across the Kinder plateau. Course contents:
  • Taking and walking on a bearing
  • Back bearings
  • Pacing and timing
  • Boxing and avoiding hazards
  • Relocation techniques
  • Safety on the hills
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Pennine Way Day

Pennine Way Navigation   
Prices: £55/person for 4-person group or from £95 for 1 to 1 Location: Edale, Peak District (Map) 3-women-navigating

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Fancy the challenge of a long distance walk but want to make sure your navigation skills are up to the job? This day is designed specifically with you in mind. We will set out along the Pennine Way from its starting point in Edale in the heart of the Peak District. You will be in charge of navigating the route but with the reassurance of having a qualified tutor alongside who can give advice and help out as required. This will be a circular walk returning to Edale using a navigationally challenging route.

The day is suitable for 1 to 1 or small group tuition (up to 4 people).

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Individuals and Groups

Navigation Courses for Individuals or Groups  
 Price: From £95 1 to 1 and from £40 per person for groups   3-women-navigating
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If you would benefit from 1 to 1 training or have a group of friends / colleagues who would enjoy learning together then we are more than happy to tailor a course to suit your needs. One and two day courses available. Contact us and let us know your requirements.

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