Learn to read a map and use a compass

Start your map reading journey here...
Person learning to read a map on an introduction to map reading course in the new forest
Start your map reading journey here...
two people learn to read a map on a map and compass course in the New Forest
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Introduction to map reading

Learn how to read a map on forest tracks and paths. Gain confidence to plan and walk your own routes.
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Beginners - Day 1

Learn to use a map on forest tracks and paths as well the use of a compass to venture onto more open countryside.
Learn further skills...
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Intermediate - Day 2

Learn further compass techniques, pacing and timing. Navigate confidently through open countryside away from tracks and paths.
Compass Masterclass...
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Advanced navigation skills...
learning low visibility techniques and how to navigate on bearings during a night navigation course in the new forest
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Compass Masterclass

3 hour masterclass perfecting the use of compass bearings, pacing and timing for accurate poor weather and low visibility navigation.
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Night Navigation

Learn strategies to cope with reduced visibility. Practice and perfect your pacing, timing and compass bearings skills.
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Mountain Navigation

Learn mountain navigation and hill skills in the Brecon Beacons.
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Qualification preparation

One to one or group tuition for those preparing for National Governing Body Awards. Mountain leader and Walking Group Leader, BEL or similar.
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Mountain leader qualified

Fully qualified to train, guide and advise on all aspects of UK mountain walking, camping and expeditions.

National Navigation Award Scheme

Personal performance, incentive scheme...
lady on a national navigation award scheme course learns to use a map and a compass to navigate across open countryside and in poor visibility
Personal performance, incentive scheme...
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Bronze level course

Navigation using tracks and paths, basic map interpretation and some compass work included.
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Silver level

Adding skills to navigate away from tracks and paths on more open countryside. Learn accurate compass skills and low visibility techniques.

Groups, clubs and advanced techniques

Fun challenge for groups and clubs...
group of people from a walking club enjoying a day navigation course in dorset
Fun challenge for groups and clubs...
Friends enjoying day learning to read a map and use a compass in dorset
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One to one, clubs and groups

All courses can be taught to individuals, groups and clubs. Excellent group rates available.
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Midweek, half day and full day options

Most courses can be delivered through out the year, during the week and at weekends!

GPS and smartphone navigation

Outdoor technology, working for you...
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Outdoor technology, working for you...
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GPS training

Manage routes, tracks and waypoints on your GPS Routebuddy Digital Map software. See a demonstration of techniques as well as practical hands on advice and tips.
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Smartphone mapping

Learn to plan, walk and share you favourite journeys - all from your smartphone or tablet using Viewranger mapping software.

Backpacking and campcraft

Plan your next adventure...
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Plan your next adventure...
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Backpacking and campcraft

Over a weekend you will learn how to choose, use and pack the right equipment and food to undertake your own journeys.
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Wild camping and hill walking

Aspiring to get out wild camping in the UK hills and mountains? Want to improve skills or undertake multi day walks on National Trails and paths?
What course should i choose?
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New Forest Navigation has courses for all!

Take a look at the introduction courses if you are a complete beginner or dive right in with a day one or two course.
The day one is ideal for novices or those who are a bit rusty.
Latest information
Latest course information dates and availability

2014 Dates

 Date Details
2 AugIntroduction to map reading
18 - 25
Available for individuals, groups or
couples! Contact me
Introduction to Backpacking and camping
New Forest - Details here
13 SeptDay One navigation
14 SeptDay Two navigation
20 SeptNight Navigation
Dartmoor Backpacking &
Wildcamping - Details here
NNAS Silver
New Forest
1 NovDay One navigation
2 NovDay Two navigation
8 NovIntroduction to map Reading
22-23 NovNNAS Silver
New Forest
6 DecIntroduction to map reading
13 DecDay One navigation
14 Dec      Day Two navigation

Night Navigation - Limited places - Book TODAY to reserve a place.

2015 Dates for your diary

Mountain Navigation and Hill skills - 16-17 May

Introduction to backpacking, South Downs 12-13th June


How do i?
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  • Book onlineComplete the main website booking form here...
  • Does the course have any places left?Latest course information, including the number of places remaining can be found on each course page and also on the course calendar page.

    Each course page will show the latest up to date number of places remaining or securemail to ask.
  • Group booking formIf you want to book more that five people onto a course you can use the group booking form.
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  • How much does each course cost?Course prices can be found in the right hand side bar of each course page and will be displayed at the bottom of the main booking and payment form.
    You are also welcome to securemail and ask.
  • Paying for a coursePayment can be made when you book using PayPal, a free secure service that accepts payment by debit or credit card.
    I can also take card payments over the phone using 'Intuit' a encrypted and secure service.
    The booking form also has an option for you to pay later, I will contact you with further details.
  • Do you give discounts?You can use your Brand New Forest card to receive a discount on most courses. Click on the Brand New Forest card image below.
    Small groups and clubs can get a discount if they book a bespoke days training or join one of the arranged course dates.
    Send me an email securemail if you would like to arrange a days bespoke training.
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  • Email meSend me an securemail and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Check you spam folder if you do not receive a reply within 12 hours.
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Why choose New Forest Navigation?
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Fully qualified
Qualified Mountain Leader. NNAS provider
Fully insured
For ALL activities
Outdoor first aid trained
Experienced and knowledgeably
Over 18 years experience training, supervising and leading groups and individuals
Just to thank you for a very comprehensive, well planned and thoroughly enjoyable course from start to finish - a rare find these days!

Carolyn NNAS Silver
About me
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Phto of nigel parrish new forest navigation and qualified mountain leader
I set up New Forest Navigation because I have a passion for teaching outdoor skills and enjoy seeing those skills develop and people gain confidence and knowledge whilst outdoors. As well as mountain walking and camping I enjoy being on the water in my canoe and occasionally dabble in a bit of bushcraft and campfire cooking.

As a qualified Mountain Leader I have walked, trained and lead groups all over the UK but have found that even in the New Forest one can find adventure and a navigation challenge.

The New Forest offers a wide variety or terrain and makes an ideal starting point for learning navigation, backpacking and camping skills.

I look forward to welcoming you on a course soon and do get in touch if you would like something tailored to you, your group or club or want to explore further afield in the UK hills and mountains.

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Brand new forest offer
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The offer!
Save 10% per person day on one and day two navigation courses.
Save 10% per person on GPS & smartphone
Save £5 per person on National Navigation Award Scheme.
15% off bespoke group rates
Find out more about the scheme Brand New Forest 'shop and buy' local scheme
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