Success Stories

NNAS Bronze Navigation Feedback

Having so little experience I arrived at Hathersage with some trepidation as to my ability to complete the
course;  particularly as I had a  more experienced friend with me. However I was not overwhelmed with information,  the elements were explained clearly and the tasks delegated on the walk reassured me that I would cope.
Clare managed to work with both my friend and I at the same time improving our knowledge. The weekend experience was informative, fun and gave me a huge sense of achievement and confidence, I would recommend it to friends and family and know it will greatly improve my recreation time.

Doriann, Derbyshire

NNAS Bronze Navigation Feedback

I have just spent a most enjoyable weekend on the Bronze NNAS navigation course in Hathersage, Derbyshire (Aug 18). Clare …… was delightful. In manner, in gentility and in her humour. She taught and lead with confidence and made the entire learning experience easy. We studied and practiced all that we would need to know to lead walks independently. Map reading and using the compass.

Each of the two days began with a brief time in the classroom followed by a good walk, learning on the move. This proved very effective and an easy comradeship developed within the group as the day rolled on. We had a great deal of fun on the way to passing the course.

I enjoyed my time so much that I am thinking of doing the silver course. Not because I need it necessarily but because I had such a wonderful time in Clare’s group.

Highly recommended not only for those wishing to lead walking groups but also for those who want to reconnect with map reading and also for those wishing to walk and be outdoors with like minded people.

Jane, Lowestoft

NNAS Bronze Navigation Feedback

I would thoroughly recommend this course. By using a map of the local area and quickly moving to staged navigational challenges in the real outdoor environment , Clare builds your skills and confidence while keeping you happily engaged at an appropriate level for your experience , so you hardly notice how much you are learning .By the end of the second day I couldn't wait to plan and walk a hike which I have now done with great satisfaction. And in the relaxed supportive atmosphere I had some laughs and made a new friend.

Maggie, Nottingham

Private Group Weekend Course

I just wanted to say a massive thank you for such a brilliant navigation course. I really learnt so much: the first day I realised how much more there was to learn and the second day I felt that I built my confidence hugely with both map-reading and using a compass. And it was all so supportive and enjoyable. Thank you so much for creating such a supportive atmosphere and sharing your expertise. I can't wait to get out in the hills again to put it all into practice. Hope to be able to walk with you again sometime soon.
-- Alison, Cambridge

NNAS Bronze Navigation Feedback

The course exceeded my expectations. The atmosphere was relaxed and the course was well balanced between classroom time and practical experience on the hills. Plenty of time was given to make sure I really understood what I was learning.

I feel like the course has opened up lots of possibilities for me, I no longer need to stick to marked trails, and the next time I attempt the Pennine Way I’ll have the skills to help me finish!

Exceptional value for money.

Helen, London

NNAS Silver Navigation Feedback

Enjoyed it all as it was a lovely little group, well led, relaxed and fun. ..good pace to the learning and loads of opportunities for practicing the skills being taught. Nicely done.

-- Liz, Cambridge

Private Group Navigation Feedback

Clare explained everything clearly and her teaching wasn't rushed. There was a lot to take in and she was happy to go over areas we didn't quite understand. She ensured we all took an active part and was very encouraging.


Private Group Navigation Feedback

Thank you very much for helping me learn how to find a puddle in the middle of a moor using a map and compass – would never have thought I’d be able to do that on my first course! Plus, lovely company. 


NNAS Bronze Navigation Feedback

I found it really useful and enjoyable and had lots of "light bulb" moments where things I hadn't understood before just fell into place. 

Helen, Sydenham

NNAS Bronze Navigation Feedback

A really enjoyable weekend - learning new stuff in a stunning place. 

-- Alison, Sydenham

NNAS Silver Navigation Feedback

Really enjoyed the course and would recommend it to anyone who wants to gain more confidence in their navigation skills.

-- Helen, Huddersfield

NNAS Silver Navigation Feedback

 All in all, a really well-planned course with a patient, encouraging instructor, loads of practice time, and with beautiful scenery to enjoy while learning! I definitely feel more confident about tackling trickier route-finding now.

-- Danielle, Cambridge

Map Reading Skills Feedback

I enjoyed the day a lot so thank you.  I did not feel too overloaded with information so the balance between practical and theory was good.

-- Andrea, Sheffield


NNAS Bronze Level Feedback

Did the course meet your expectations?  
Yes and in a way exceeded in that I had not expected to feel so skilled up (at this level – more to learn)
 -- Janet, London


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NNAS Silver Level Feedback

It was hard work, as we learned such a lot, but that was the whole point. The explanations were really clear and we had lots of examples to work through during both days. I felt completely fine to give it a go, as we learned a lot from our mistakes and the day had a supportive feel where we were figuring it out together.

It’s left me feeling really encouraged to learn more and to get outside and practice!
 -- Helen, Cambridge


NNAS Silver Level Feedback

I enjoyed it all.  I thought there was the right balance of classroom and practical content.  Clare’s method of assessment was good in that we were being continually assessed during the two days without being too conscious of it.  Clare was mentally noting when we had mastered particular skills and techniques.  She quizzed us on more general issues when we stopped for lunch in a relaxed conversational way.  The course was challenging but in a relaxed enjoyable way which created the right environment for learning.
 -- Sarah, Nottingham


NNAS Silver Level Feedback

The course was really good.  Clare, you definitely know your stuff and I had every confidence that you knew exactly what you were talking about.  I feel I consolidated some of the learning from Bronze and at this stage feel much more confident with timings, pacing and I definitely should be able to find my way.  I now just need to practice so I build on what I’ve learnt!  
 -- Deborah, Kenilworth


NNAS Bronze Level Feedback

"I thought that there would be more compass work (what I thought I needed), but in fact I just needed to be able to interpret a map better!


What aspect of the course did you enjoy most /least?

Most: realizing how much info is actually on a map, if I learn to see it, and gaining the confidence to follow it!

Least: having to create a walk from scratch - simply because it was so difficult, but this was probably one of the most valuable parts of the course – something I will actually use.

Thanks, Clare. I really enjoyed the weekend.  Learned valuable skills that I will definitely use, and I intend to create a walk of my own very soon. "

 -- Helen, Sheffield


 "Clare organised a course for some of us doing the final leg of our Land's End to John O'Groats walk. This final 210 miles was through very remote parts of Scotland - no phone signal, no roads, etc, etc - so good navigation skills essential. The course was very well put together. It was an excellent mix of theory and practice. We learned a lot, as well as having a good time - and we got to John O'Groats with no wrong turns!"
 -- Caroline


"I always struggled to learn how to use a compass, but Clare really encouraged me and we had a great day out AND I learned lots from her!"

 -- Jo, Hebden Bridge


"As a woman from the city with a short attention span, Clare had her work cut out.  She taught me my navigation skills in a clear, logical manner with amazing patience and humour. Incredibly, due to her expertise, I passed the Walking Group Leader Award and now work in the outdoor industry."  
-- Vicky, London

"Clare is patient and gives excellent tuition. She is very knowledgeable and passionate about her subject area which makes her courses fun too! I recommend her without any hesitation." 
-- Jo, Leeds

"Clare is a kind and experienced teacher. The course fulfilled my expectations and taught me the importance of good map reading. With patience and good humour, Clare built up my skills and confidence in orienteering."
 -- Ruth, Bath