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Beginners

Map reading beginner? Start with these basic map and compass courses

Introduction to map reading

Learn how to read a map and use a compass to walk on forest tracks and paths.
No previous map reading skills required.
Suitable for map reading novices!
Half day course - Midweek and weekends

One day map reading course

Learn to use a map on forest tracks and paths. Learn to use a compass to point you down the correct path.
Use map measuring and time to stay 'on track' and know if you have gone wrong.

Two day map reading course

Day one
Learn to use a map on forest tracks and paths. Learn to use a compass to point you down the correct path.
Use map measuring and time to stay 'on track' and know if you have gone wrong.
Day two
Consolidate day one skills.
Learn to use a compass to walk on compass bearings and to 're-locate' yourself if you are lost.
Gain confidence to put techniques together to walk on more open countryside

The day one and day two course can be on separate weekends - Book both at the same time to get a discount!

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lady on National Navigation Award Scheme bronze assesment uses a compass and map

National Navigation Award Scheme Bronze level

The bronze NNAS course is ideal for beginners.
Learn to confidently use a map and compass to plan and walk your routes on tracks and paths.
Navigation using tracks and paths, basic map interpretation and some compass work included.
Plan walks as part of a navigation strategy.

Intermediate

Intermediate level courses - Already completed a course? Skills a bit rusty?

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Day two map reading

Day two course for those who have:
Already completed day one or introduction to map reading course
Need to brush up 'rusty' skills or have completed a course already
Want to learn how to use a compass to walk on bearings and relocate if lost
As a pre Silver NNAS course

Two day map reading course

Two day course is worth considering if you want to go from novice to planing and walking your own routes!

Night Navigation

Learn strategies to cope with reduced visibility. Practice and perfect your pacing, timing and compass bearings skills.
Have fun navigating the New Forest at Night.

ANY course can be taken as a One to one - Great value midweek days available ALL year.

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man with heathland back drop uses compass to selct correct path

National Navigation Award Scheme Silver level

The silver NNAS builds on bronze skills and techniques.
Intermediate course - Complete bronze or day two course or a silver 'pre-course day before signing up!
Use contour interpretation, accurate map work and compass skills to walk on more open countryside.
Learn relocation techniques and how to plan a walk as part of an overall navigation strategy.
Ideal preparation for Gold level or as a standalone course

Three day Silver National Navigation Award Scheme course available - One to one, groups or couples.
Silver 'pre-day' course available for one to one, couples or groups.

National Navigation Award Scheme

National Navigation Award Scheme courses cover all levels of map reading ability. From complete beginers to mountain and hill navigation!

National Navigation Award Scheme Bronze level

The bronze NNAS course is ideal for beginners.
Learn to confidently use a map and compass to plan and walk your routes on tracks and paths.
Navigation using tracks and paths, basic map interpretation and some compass work included.
Plan walks as part of a navigation strategy.

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man uses a map and compass to navigate sandy heathland paths in new forest

National Navigation Award Scheme Silver level

The silver NNAS builds on bronze skills and techniques.
Intermediate course - Complete bronze or day two course or a silver 'pre-course day before signing up!
Use contour interpretation, accurate map work and compass skills to walk on more open countryside.
Learn relocation techniques and how to plan a walk as part of an overall navigation strategy.
Ideal preparation for Gold level or as a standalone course

Three day Silver National Navigation Award Scheme course available - One to one, groups or couples.
Silver 'pre-day' course available for one to one, couples or groups.

National Navigation Award Scheme Gold level training

Navigate safely on UK hills and mountains.
Apply silver NNAS skills and techniques in mountains.
Use contours and fine detail as primary means of navigating.
Use bearings, back bearings and aspect of slope.

Those attending the NNAS Gold level training must have either completed the silver or have equivalent skills and knowledge.

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Hill and mountain

Want to navigate safely on the UK hills and mountains?

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Mountain navigation and hill skills

Learn to navigate on UK hills and mountains.
Learn to use accurate contour interpretation, compass skills, pacing and timing on open moorland and mountains terrain.
Learn to plan safe routes and walk in poor weather and visibility.
Learn how to stay safe, warm and comfortable.

National Navigation Award Scheme Gold level training

Navigate safely on UK hills and mountains.
Apply silver NNAS skills and techniques in mountains.
Use contours and fine detail as primary means of navigating.
Use bearings, back bearings and aspect of slope.

Those attending the NNAS Gold level training must have either completed the silver or have equivalent skills and knowledge.

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Viewranger GPS

Viewranger smartphone GPS - Making outdoor technology work for you...

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Viewranger software training course

Learn how to use Viewranger smart phone mapping software.
Learn how to set up, use and get the best from the software and the online 'Myviewranger'.
Indoor morning session learning main settings and features followed ban afternoon trying things out in the New Forest.

Bring your own device or borrow one for the course

Team and corporate

Team and corporate - Fun map reading courses, walks and challenges

Fun learning and team challenges for groups, clubs and corporate.
Your course, when you want it.
Mid week, weekends, half days, full days, split over a few evenings?
Arrange a New Forest Navigation course as a birthday, retirement or special occasion present. Vouchers and pre-payment on other peoples behalf very welcome.

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Fully insured for all activities
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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

Paying for a course

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.

Get in touch...

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
07873575997