Map reading and compass courses

Learn how to read a map and use a compass

New Forest Navigation has navigation courses for everyone!

Beginners can learn to read a map and use a compass on an introduction to map reading course or one day map reading course.
Learn how to use a map and a compass to navigate on more open countryside on a two day map and compass course or a National Navigation Award Scheme course.
Confidently navigate in the UK hills and mountains using a map and compass on the Mountain Navigation course or the National Navigation Award Scheme Gold level training course.
One to one, couples and group courses can be arranged for weekends and midweek.

  • We had an absolutely fantastic time with you on the course! We've learned so much - you are a great teacher: patient, kind, clear and encouraging. We can't remember the last time that we did something as good as your course; it was so absorbing and fascinating.
    You have a wide knowledge of the history, geography and geology of the area walked; that, and your enthusiasm, makes for a very well-rounded and informed experience.Ian and Liz - April 2015
  • Nigel is an excellent teacher who structures the course content so that over the two days knowledge was steadily built up and consolidated. The exercises build skills and improve them so that by the end of the two days the basics were automatic.
    Nigel clearly explained the principles and practical applications behind the techniques and when it is appropriate to use them.
    He is very patient and happy to answer questions and to go over content to ensure that everyone understands.Steve Milligan - 2014
  • Thanks very much for providing the outstanding mountain navigation course, I now feel confident to tackle mountain navigation in all but the worst weather conditions.
    Kay and myself went for another walk on Monday, this time up to Pen Y Fan and onto the adjoining peaks, this gave me the chance to put some of the navigation techniques that you taught me into practice, but without the security blanket of you being there.Paul Davis - May 2014

One day and two day map reading and compass courses

learning to use compass bearings and navigation skills on a one and two day how to use a map and compass course

Learn how to read a map and use a compass

One or two day map day reading course. Ideal for complete beginners or those looking to improve navigation skills.

Learn how to use a map to find your way on tracks, paths and across open countryside.

Learn how to use a compass to walk on bearings and point you down the correct path!

National Navigation Award Scheme courses

Learning to navigate on more open countryside on a National Navigation Award Scheme bronze silver and gold nnas course

Bronze, Silver and Gold level NNAS courses

Personal performance, non-competitive, incentive scheme for anyone looking to learn navigation skills and get out and enjoy the countryside.

Bronze and silver level training and assessments courses in the New Forest, Dorset and Wiltshire.

Gold level training courses in South Wales.

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You can check how many places are remaining for each course, how much the course costs and other information on the course page, or check out the course calendar for every course date and places remaining

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You can pay immediately after you have booked using the website booking form. Payment is made using PayPal and you do not need a PayPal account to securely process and debit or credit card. If you choose to pay later you will be emailed an invoice with other payment options. Full payment is required if the course starts within the next 8 weeks. You can also pay using the website payment page.

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Course locations

Courses take place across the New Forest and usually start from a forest car park. Most are easily reached by car from surrounding towns and villages or further afield; a lift can be arranged if you are arriving by public transport or want a lift from your accommodation.
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Comprehensive joining details are sent a couple of weeks prior to the course date with details of the course location, start and finish times and suggestions for what to bring.

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Map reading courses gift vouchers

Vouchers can be bought for all map reading courses and outdoor skills courses.

Gift a voucher and let the recipient book a course on a date that suits them.

Gift vouchers can bought at anytime and do not have to be used until 31 July 2017.

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Mountain navigation and hill skills

map holding map and compass in brecon beacons national park

Learn how to use a map and compass to naviagte UK hills and mountains

Learn how to use contours, compass bearings and accurate pacing and timings to stay safe and 'on track'.

Ideal for aspiring mountain leaders and those looking to walk national trails and paths.

Night navigation

Head torches light up a map and compass during a night navigation low visibility course on New Forest heathland

Put your skills to the test and have fun out in the New Forest at night!

Practice, perfect and use accurate compass bearings, timing and pacing to navigate in low visibility conditions.

Fun skills learning activity and a rare chance to navigate the New Forest at night.

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Bespoke full day midweek map reading courses

One day - 1 to 1 person - £89, 1 to 2 people - £135, Three people plus, from - £49 per person

Week days, weekends and discounts for two day courses!

One day map reading course - places available 1 July, 13th July (Thursday) and 29th July

Two day Map reading course - Places available 1-2 July and 29-30 July

Available to hire in Wales - 21, 22 and 24 September - Bespoke mountain navigation? Night Navigation? One to one or one to two mountain and hill skills day? Wild camp on the Brecon Beacons? Email Nigel....

Loads of other courses and dates available - check out the course calendar page here for the latest information and number of paces remaining

Backpacking and wild camping

learning to use backpacking equipment and wild camping skills

Backpacking and wildcamping advice, training and adventures

Backpacking and wild camping trips - Learn to plan and go on your own adventures.

Equipment buying advice, training and expedition and wild camping training courses for one to one, couples or groups.

Team and corporate activities

Members of a team enjoy a map reading course as a corporate activity in the New Forest

Take you next meeting or team day outside!

Learn map reading as a team or group.

Fun learning experience that everyone can engage in, enjoy and achieve.

Half day or full day - All equipment provided. Just bring your team.

Viewranger smartphone GPS training

Using view ranger smartphone software to plan walk a route on forest tracks and paths

Learn how to set up, use and get the best from your smartphone

Turn your smartphone into an outdoor GPS mapping and tracking device.

Indoor and outdoor training with an opportunity to try out the software in the New Forest.

Introduction to map reading courses

couple holding a map and compass at a path junction on a basic introduction to map reading and compass course

Beginners will learn how to use a map to find their way on tracks and paths

Learn how to use a map and easy to find features to walk on tracks and paths.

Easy to learn and easy to remember way to use a compass to point you down the correct path or track!

Courses can be arranged for one to one, couples or groups. Weekends, midweek and summer evenings.

New Forest Navigation map reading courses start from car parks and villages within the New Forest National Park. The New Forest is located in south Hampshire, South East England. It is easily accessible from the surrounding counties of Dorset, Wiltshire, Surrey, Sussex and London. No need to travel to Snowdnia or Peak District with the New Forest on your door step!
Course start locations are reached easily from all New Forest villages and towns, which all have a huge range of accommodation options; Brockenhurst, Lyndhurst, Lymington, Christchurch, Fordingbridge, Ringwood, Burley, Sway and further afield at Bournemouth, Southampton and Salisbury.

New Forest Navigation

Learn Map Reading and how to use a Compass courses in the New Forest.
New Forest National Park, Hampshire, UK