FAQs about Navigation, Map and Compass Courses

Why women only?
Many women feel more comfortable learning, interacting and asking questions in an all female environment. By offering women only courses, we give women the choice to opt to learn with a group of other women.

Are courses still running during the Covid-19 pandemic?

Yes - the courses have been adapted in line with government and industry guidelines. They are run entirely outdoors and with a maximum of 5 participants + tutor. Participants are sent up-to-date guidelines just before the course about bringing a face covering, social distancing and hand hygiene.

What do I need to bring?
You will be sent a full list when your course is confirmed. In brief, you will need the recommended map of the area (details on your confirmation document); a compass (you can borrow one from us); packed lunch; hot drink; water; snacks; appropriate outdoor clothing including waterproof jacket and trousers. Click here for a full list of what to bring.

How fit do I need to be?
All of our courses take place mainly outdoors in hilly countryside. You therefore need to be comfortable walking up and down hills. However, distances covered are between 3 and 8 miles per day and the pace is leisurely. We are happy to give individual advice regarding fitness levels as required.

How many miles will we walk each day?
Each course will vary but on average we will walk between 3 and 8 miles each day at a slow pace as we will be looking at maps along the way. For bespoke courses the distance can be adapted to suit.

How much time will be spent indoors?
We aim to be outside for the majority of the time. However, especially for the NNAS Bronze and Silver courses, there will be an element of indoor learning taking between 2 and 3 hours per day split into different sessions.

Do I need prior knowledge of map reading and compass use?
For most of our courses you do not need any prior knowledge. For the NNAS Silver Level and the Compass Skills for the Hills you should have a good level of map reading but do not require previous knowledge of using a compass.

Do I need insurance?
Navigation for Women has public liability insurance. However, we do recommend that you take out insurance in case of injury or illness causing you to cancel the course. You can get insurance for around £6 so it’s worth investing for peace of mind.

Is my payment refundable if I cancel?
If you cancel a course the following refund terms apply: 8 weeks’ notice or more – 75% refund; between 2 and 8 weeks’ notice – 50% refund; less than 2 weeks’ notice – no refund. Alternatively, should we manage to fill your space, we will transfer your booking to an alternative date within the same calendar year as available. A fee of £25 will be charged for this service. For residential courses, different conditions apply and are available on our Her on a Hill website.

What about accommodation?
We will send a list of nearby accommodation when we receive your booking. This will range from hostel accommodation to hotels. You will need to book this independently.

Are the courses accessible by public transport?
Yes, we will be based in the Hope Valley which is served by a train linking Sheffield and Manchester. All venues are within walking distance of the train station.

Do you provide courses in other parts of the UK?
We are based in the Peak District but we do put on residential courses in the Yorkshire Dales. If you would like to book a bespoke course for a small group then we can look at other options.

Do I need to bring my own food?
Yes, you will need to bring a packed lunch for each day of the course. For the 2 day courses, tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided at the venue. There are local shops where you can buy supplies.

What time does the course start / finish?
Most courses run from 9.30 am to 4.00 or 4.30 pm, depending on the time of year. Exact times will be provided on booking.

Is there an exam at the end of the NNAS course?
No, we follow the National Navigation Award Scheme syllabus and quietly assess participants as we go along. We aim to keep this as informal and enjoyable as possible. You can choose not to apply for the certificate at the end of the course but simply come along for your own enjoyment. For non NNAS courses, there is no exam or certificate just a learning as you go along process.

What else do you offer?

Navigation for Women is part of Her on a Hill which offers guided walking holidays, guided day walks and creative outdoor workshops including days focused on photography, sketching, creative writing and bird / tree ID. Do take a look at Her on a Hill for further information.

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