Navigation Courses

Navigation Courses & Tuition in the Lake District

Kendal Mountaineering Services run navigation skills (map reading) courses in the Lake District National Park, Cumbria. Courses are primarily based in the Kentmere area of the South Lakes area but we can also arrange courses in other areas of the Lake District

  • learn to use a map and compass
  • essential for getting out and about in the great outdoors
  • expert tuition from Iain

Map Reading and Navigation Courses

Navigation, otherwise known as map reading, is the most important skill you need to learn before venturing out into the mountains. Coupled with having the correct clothing and equipment for the conditions; map reading skills will ensure you have a safe day in the mountains. 

KMS map reading courses are designed to improve your map reading and navigation skills, no matter what your current level of ability. We run 2 day introduction to navigation courses as well as 2 day advanced navigation courses which includes night navigation.

As an added extra we can include the option of an overnight wild camp into your 2 day navigation course to give you a true wilderness experience.

Navigation Course Skills

With a KMS Navigation Course you will learn map reading skills to MLTUK (Mountain Leader Training UK) standard.

We will start with the basics of map reading; by learning what the map symbols mean, how to identify land features through contours, streams, footpaths and how to orientate the map so that you can relate what you see on the map to what is around you.

Navigation and map reading courses

This will be followed by some of the most important skills for navigation and map reading; being able to understand grid references and using a compass to take bearings which is essential for poor visibility. Other examples of navigation will see you using linear features and attack points to get to your destination.

You'll learn about the various map scales in order that you can measure distance on the map and how to measure that distance on the ground by pacing, then you will move on to working out timings using Naismiths rule.

Night navigation sessions and Lake District wild camping can also be added to any of the introductory map reading courses. KMS runs set 2 day map reading courses throughout the year. Please see the upcoming courses page for dates.

We also offer bespoke navigation refresher days for Mountain Walking Leader assessment or re-assessment.

KMS navigation and map reading courses are excellent value for money at £80/person and have proven popular with many people.

If you wish to have a bespoke course please contact us to discuss your specific requirements and for pricing.

  • Minimum booking numbers apply. 
  • Group bookings discount and children’s rates are also available.

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Navigation Courses Courses and Activities are held in:
Kentmere The Lake District

More About KMS

Iain Gallagher, Kendal Mountaineering ServicesKendal Mountaineering Services is run by Iain Gallagher. Iain divides his time between hills and crags in the Lake District, North Wales, Scotland and North Yorkshire. He can also be found climbing peaks across Europe and around the World.

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