“The mountains will always be there, the trick is to make sure you are too”
This mountain navigation course is ideal for anyone who wants to be self sufficient in the mountains of the UK.
This course is perfect for anyone with little or no prior navigation experience. Whether you are a hill walker who wants to be able to head out in all weathers, considering enrolling on the Mountain Leader scheme, or a climber who wants to be able to navigate from the top of the route back down to the pub in the dark, the skills are the same.
If you have existing navigation skills we will be able to build on these over the course.
The course is suitable for anyone over the age of 18, although we do allow under 18's if they are accompanied by an adult. There is no maximum age and we regularly get a mixture of ages and experience and are used to tailoring the course to meet the needs of a varied group of people.
“Doubly happy, however, is the man to whom lofty mountain tops are within reach”
What does the course cover?
One day of practical navigation in the mountains of Cumbria
Introduction to different map scales
Setting the map
Key symbols, i.e. how to find a footpath, fence, stream, etc., and how to interpret them
Planning and following a route using paths and other key features
How to plan and follow a route across featureless terrain
Estimating distances using pacing and timing
Navigating in poor or limited visibility
How to use the compass
Each participant will be required to bring suitable equipment for their chosen event, please see Kit List tab above.
Where To Meet
Where to meet: Outside the Britannia Inn, Elterwater Postcode:LA22 9HP Grid Reference:NY 327 048
From Ambleside take the A593 (Coniston) for 3 miles, turning right at Skelwith Bridge onto the B5343. After 2 miles turn left into Elterwater Village and The Britannia Inn is on the village green.
The bus stops in Elterwater opposite the meetpoint.
The 516 runs between Ambleside and the Langdale Valley.
I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the Beginners Navigation Course with Rick last Sunday 14th August.We had beautiful weather and the group of 7 were lovely and open to learning.We were all starting pretty much from scratch. Rick made us feel at ease from the start and gave us a short briefing at the meeting point , the Britannia Inn. He gave us a laminated map/sheet for the walk and loaned us the compasses. Unsure of how far we walked in the end but what was more important for me was the detail applied to looking at the environment , following the map and weighing up the information and learning the new skills of taking bearings and pacings. Rick set the group the task of determining the way back and was always there to ensure we didn't make a complete pig's ear of it . Thanks Rick - I learnt a lot! (Posted on 17/08/2016)
Excellent day learning basic navigation skills Review by Sara
Met at the Britannia Inn, Elterwater; 10am Sunday 10th July by Ross, our navigation guide. He was friendly, professional and put our group at ease in no time at all. As the day progressed the delights of actually learning how to read a map and use a compass unravelled. Ross was genuinely passionate about his field of expertise and found a way to communicate all our individual concerns so we understood. Thank you Ross for a fabulous day out and excellent tuition. (Posted on 11/07/2016)
Beginners Navigation Training: Friday 17th June 2016 Review by Nigel Bailey
Good morning John.
Just a quick email to pass on my thanks for the course I attended with James on Friday.
James is a real asset to your company. The knowledge and information he passed over was very beneficial, and will assist me in reading maps and providing me with the confidence to go further afield on my own.
Thank you once again for fitting me in at short notice.
Nigel Bailey (Posted on 20/06/2016)
Navigation Course Review by David
Took my Dad on navigation course with Ross, really good, both enjoyable and educational. Thanks (Posted on 15/09/2015)
It was an amazing course! Review by Cecilia
Just to say thank you so much for an insightful two days. It was an amazing course! On Monday, I wore a groove in Nanny Lane on the way up and down to Wansfell Pike while practising my pacing. On Tuesday, I went to Grasmere and up to Lang Howe, Silver How, Dow Bank and back to Grasmere. And I was almost overcome with emotion that every blobble I walked to, fitted the map. And I didn't get lost once, thanks to your teachings. No precipices, no crags, it was all very easy underfoot. I have to admit, I was averaging only about 1km an hour, double and triple-checking etc., but with more practice, I will learn to trust myself more and get quicker. And anyway, the view is there to be admired. (Posted on 22/08/2015)
Beginners Navigation Course Review by Susan and John
Just wanted to say how much we enjoyed and how useful we found the Beginners Navigation Course with Geoff which we went on last Tuesday 26th March. Having pre booked the day, we had to go despite the weather conditions. However once there we both felt it was probably the best conditions in which to test our navigation skills and my husband called it a “baptism of fire”. It was a bit daunting to see all that snow and not a path in sight. There were 4 of us in the group. I am ok with a map and my husband has done compass work before but as I outlined to Geoff I am losing my confidence in navigating and get a bit panicky that we might get lost even though we have been walking in the Lake District for the last 30 years. Geoff was very patient with us all as a group, offering expert tuition in a friendly but professional manner which we have since put into practice during the rest of our holiday in the Lakes. As a result of this day we will however be buying a new map as our map is quite old, the scale being 1 inch to 1 mile !!!. (Posted on 27/06/2015)