Here are our 2024 Navigation Skills Training Weekend Course dates. These are still priced at just £90.00 per person for a two day course giving you the opportunity to learn essential hill skills for staying safe in the mountains at a fantastic price!

Please note there are 10 available places per course with a required minimum of 4 persons booked on in order for a course to run. Bookings will be indicated against each course date and when the minimum number is reached a course will read "Course running"

 Upcoming Course Dates for 2024

Our navigation skills training courses are ideal for anyone wishing to improve their map reading & navigation skills to allow them to venturenavigation-2023-1.jpg away from footpaths into unfamiliar mountainous terrain with confidence. Some previous experience of map reading & navigation techniques is useful but not essential and you can be guaranteed to learn lots of new skills and have a great time!

These Navigation Skills Training Courses are also suitable for those that are preparing for their Mountain walking Leader Assessment or a Re-assessment and make ideal ML Refresher Days. Lakes Outdoor Experience run their Navigation Courses in the Kentmere area of the southern Lake District National Park.

The cost for our two day Weekend Navigation  Skills Training Courses is only £90 per person - that's equivalent to just £45.00 per eight hour day!

The price per person includes the provision of laminated maps for the areas to be covered in both 1:25 and 1:50,000 scales. You will need to provide your own compass for the course and this should be the Silva Type 4 - 360 Expedition compass which is the industry standard for use when learning and doing mountain navigation.  Compass hire is available from us @ £5 per compass per day. 

navigation-2023-2.jpgWhere do we meet?

Unless specified otherwise, we meet on both days at 09:00 outside of Wilf's Cafe at Staveley Mill Yard in Staveley (LA8 9LR for satnav). On day one we will travel to the nearby area of Green Quarter Fell to introduce basic map reading & navigation techniques providing a progression throughout the day for everyone - regardless of your current level of ability.

On day two, we travel further up the Kentmere Valley to walk part of the Kentmere Horseshoe and here we can consolidate the skills taught on day one as well as adding techniques not already covered.

What we cover during our two day navigation courses.

The following aspects of navigation skills will be covered during the course:-

Orientation of the map (aligning your map with the landscape to aid identification).

Grid references - know your location exactly on the map!

Measuring distance on the map & on the ground by pacing.

Tick off features,

Naismiths rule (timings c/w distance & contours),

Taking & walking on a bearing using a map, ie grid to mag,

Identifying features from ground to map (mag to grid),

Walking on a bearing/back bearings,

"Handrailing" using Linear features (e.g. streams/footpaths),

Aiming off,

Attack points,


"Boxing" around an obstacle. 

navigation-2023-3.jpgThe emphasis throughout the course is to give you as many opportunities as possible to progress to a high standard of mountain navigation capability whilst having fun. We run all of our Navigation Skills Training courses to UK Mountain Leader Training Standard.

To get a flavour of what these courses are about - see the reports from our most recent Navigation Skills Training Weekend Course run during April 2023 here and our last private course here.

Want to see what previous clients think of our Navigation Skills Training Courses - then read some of our many great Tripadvisor Reviews by going to "Navigation Skills" in here!

Please get in touch with your enquiries either by calling on 07761 483364 or by using the contact us form and we will be happy to answer any questions and to take your booking.

Thursday 11th of January 2024

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