Our Navigation Courses

Navigation for Women offers a variety of navigation courses in the beautiful Peak District. We specialise in complete beginners and women who would like to improve their confidence in the outdoors. 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 out into the hills.

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. The exception to this is the Yorkshire Dales holiday which is full board. For the NNAS Bronze and Silver courses, the first morning and part of the second morning is spent indoors learning the theory in a comfortable environment. 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. We are always happy to try to accommodate your requests.

Celebrate International Women's Day

Map Reading An Introduction Beginner
Price: By donation with 50% going to Sheffield Mind Location: Alpkit,Hathersage, Peak District

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A one hour indoor session introducing some basic map reading skills. We will be looking at map symbols and how to interpret a map. No experience necessary. Bring a map if you have one – AA Central Peak District or OL1 Dark Peak but not to worry if you haven’t got one as there will be maps to look at. There is no walking involved in the event.

All events are by donation with 50% of the proceeds going to Sheffield Mind. Mind are currently working with Mountains for the Mind, promoting the benefits of getting outdoors for mental health and we couldn’t agree more. So, why not come along and join us! All events are open to women who would like to learn about and experience the outdoors in a supportive environment.

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Celebrate International Women's Day

Using a Compass  An Introduction Beginner
Price: By donation with 50% going to Sheffield Mind Location: Alpkit,Hathersage, Peak District

Duration:1 hour; Friday 11.30am; Saturday, 12.00pm
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A one hour indoor session introducing the use of a compass to work out which way is north and to orientate a map. We will also look at how to check the direction of a path using your compass. Bring a map (AA Central Peak District or OL1 Dark Peak) and compass if you have one but, if not, we have some that you can borrow.

All events are by donation with 50% of the proceeds going to Sheffield Mind. Mind are currently working with Mountains for the Mind, promoting the benefits of getting outdoors for mental health and we couldn’t agree more. So, why not come along and join us! All events are open to women who would like to learn about and experience the outdoors in a supportive environment.

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Navigation Course Holiday

Yorkshire Dales Navigation Course Beginners / Improvers
Price: £675 Location:  Malham, Yorkshire Dales(Map)

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Like to feel more confident in the outdoors? No sense of direction? Bought a compass but don’t know what to do with it?

Navigation for Women is off on its holidays to the gorgeous Yorkshire Dales! This four-night course covers map reading and compass skills with plenty of time to practice in the outdoors. The course is suitable for complete beginners or those who have some experience with maps but would benefit from a refresher. We will have an indoor session each morning and then walk straight from the door on most days to put the theory into practice using the surrounding moors and lanes. The area is absolutely stunning and we will be sure to navigate to some of the most scenic locations including Malham Tarn and Malham Cove.

There will be the opportunity, if you wish, to gain either the National Navigation Award Scheme Bronze or Silver Level certificate. If you would like to learn new skills in a relaxed, informal environment then this is for you! I am told I’m a patient teacher and there is no expectation that you will know anything in advance. Navigation is a very teachable skill!

The course is based at the High Trenhouse, a beautifully located venue with plenty of single ensuite rooms and a fabulous menu. The break is fully catered and there is an honesty bar on site. There is also a small sauna to relax those muscles after a day out navigating

Navigation for Women is running this event in association with the lovely Helen at Wild Rambling and one of her groups will be at High Trenhouse for a women’s walking holiday at the same time. For details of the holiday please see Facebook @WildRambling or email helen@wildrambling.com

Price includes: navigation tuition by a qualified Mountain Leader / National Navigation Award Scheme Course Director; workbook, map and compass; 4 nights in a single ensuite room with full board accommodation at High Trenhouse, Malham Moor, nr Settle

Coming by train? We can arrange a free shared taxi at 4.30pm.

Course Content: click Malham Course Content 

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Beginners / Bronze Level

National Navigation Award Scheme Bronze Level
Price: £140 Location:  Hathersage, Peak District (Map)

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No sense of direction? Always getting lost? Want to feel more confident in the outdoors?  

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This is a two day course covering map reading and basic compass skills with plenty of time to practice in the outdoors. The course is suitable for complete beginners or those who have some experience with maps but would like a refresher. The course is a step by step guide to map reading.The first morning and part of the second morning is spent indoors and we cover between 3 and 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: click NNAS Bronze Level.For a full list of course content, visit the NNAS website.

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Improvers / Silver Level

National Navigation Award Scheme Silver Level
Price: £150 Location:  Hathersage, Peak District (Map) 2-women-navigating

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Own a compass but not sure what to do with it? Know how to point north but not much else? Want to gain the confidence to explore off path?  

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This is a 2 day course designed to improve your map reading and learn, or improve, your  compass skills. You will learn how to use the map and compass to help you in  good and bad visibility. You don't need to have used a compass before as the course will take you through everything step by step.  The first morning is spent indoors to learn the skills in theory - and in a comfortable setting. We will walk between 5 and 8  miles each day at a leisurely pace, practising using a compass in a moorland environment. 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: for details click NNAS Silver Level For a comprehensive list of course content, visit the NNAS website.

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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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Fed up with getting lost? No sense of direction? Can't get your head around map reading?

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This course is a one day introduction to the art of map reading. We aim to cover the basics of map reading step by step to give you the confidence to get out and about in the hills. The course is suitable for complete beginners and 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 in a comfortable environment. 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: for details click Map Reading Skills for the Hills

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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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Own a compass but not sure what to do with it? Know how to point north but not much else? Totally mystified by the very idea of how a compass works?

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This is a one-day introduction to the use of the compass to help you find your way 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. The course is a step by  step guide to using a compass and we will go over the theory indoors to make the initial learning more comfortable. We will then head out into the hills to put the theory into practice. We will walk around 5 miles at a leisurely pace. You can borrow a compass if you haven't yet invested in one of your own (£10 returnable deposit).

Course Content: for details click  Compass Skills for the Hills

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 Advanced Navigation / Refresher

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

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Feel like you are losing the skills that you have learnt and need a refresher?Already done a course but would like an extra challenge? Just fancy a day out using a map and compass?Course Description

This is a one day course for those who have either done the Improvers / Silver Course or already have some experience using a 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. We'll be route finding and enjoying the challenge of finding our way under  tricky circumstances. We love the unique terrain on Kinder Scout and look forward to sharing it with you!

Course contents: for details please click Advanced Navigation / Refresher

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Night Navigation

Night Navigation Level 1 Beginner
Price: £25 Location: Fox House, Peak District (Map)

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Want to feel more confident at night or in poor visibility? Enjoy learning a new skill? Already able to read a map but would like to be prepared should you get caught out when you are out in the hills?

Course description: This course is for women who can read a map and would like to feel more confident route finding in the dark. The course aims to improve skills and confidence should you be in a situation where the light is fading and you are still on the hills. We will be using  footpaths and bridleways to navigate our way in the dark.

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Night Navigation

Night Navigation Level 2 Intermediate
Price: £25 Location: Grouse Inn, Peak District (Map)

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Want to feel more confident at night or in poor visibility? Enjoy the challenge of learning something new? Know how to read a map and use a compass?

Course description: Level 2 is for women who can read a map and use a compass to take a bearing. The course will make use of paths but will also use off track routes, crossing rough ground. The course aims to improve confidence and navigational skills when you may need (or choose) to cross open ground in darkness.

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Individuals and Groups

Navigation Courses for Individuals or Groups
 Price: £65/per person 1:4 / £75 pp 1:3/ £85 pp 1:2/  £140 pp 1:1 For larger groups please contact us for prices. 3-women-navigating
Would you enjoy a course that is tailor-made to your requirements? Fancy a day out learning with a group of friends or colleagues? 

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If you can't make any of the course dates or just fancy a course specifically tailored to you and your friends then we're more than happy to look at alternatives dates to suit you. If you would benefit from 1 to 1 training perhaps with a specific goal in mind or just because you want to learn more about maps and compasses then do get in touch. Equally, if you 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. We have one and two day courses available or perhaps a series of evening sessions would suit you better. Contact us and let us know what you'd like to do.

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