Our 2019 Weekend Navigation Skills Course Dates are now available!

Here is the updated list for our popular weekend Navigation Skills Training course dates to be run throughout 2019 - these are priced at a mere £80.00 per person. If you want us to arrange your own private Navigation Skills Training Course on dates of your choice, the price starts at £160.00 per day for one to four persons. Please contact us to enquire further. 

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.

Upcoming Course Dates

These navigation skills training courses are ideal for anyone wishing to improve their map reading & navigation skills to allow them to venture into mountainous regions of the UK with confidence. Some previous experience of map reading & navigation techniques is useful but not essential.

Navigation skills training in the Lake District

These 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 £80 per person!

The price 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 we would recommend the Silva Type 4 Expedition compass for this navigation and map reading course.  Compass hire is available @ £5 per compass per day.

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We will 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.

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

Orientation of the map,
Grid references,
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,
Resections,
"Boxing" around an obstacle.

The emphasis throughout the course is to give you as many opportunities as possible to progress to a high standard of mountain navigation capability. We run all of our Navigation Skills Training courses to Mountain Leader Training (MLTE) Standard.

To get a flavour of what these courses are about, please read the reports from  our most recent Navigation Skills Training Weekend Course run in September 2018 here and 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.

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Thursday 15th of November 2018

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