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  • 2021 - The year for UK adventure!
    Firstly I would like to thank you for your patience and understanding during these difficult days. A full course schedule will commence from April with courses taking place right across the south and south west of England and Wales.
  • Book with confidence
    Book with confidence: Courses booked and postponed in 2020 can re-book onto a suitable replacement course right up to August 2021. Courses booked in 2021 that are cancelled due to the Covid pandemic can be rebooked for a suitable replacement course taking place anytime during 2021. Courses cancelled for other reasons will be subject to the normal booking terms and conditions.
  • Keeping safe
    Keeping us all safe:
    Do not attend the course if you have or may have been in contact with anyone who has displayed any of the symptoms of coronavirus. You should consult and follow the official government advice if you are not sure wether you are able to attend; https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection If in doubt postpone and attend another day!
    Joining instructions will also include details of where to assemble at each car park/start location.
    Every participant will get their own pack of maps, compasses and laminated resources to use for the duration of the course. These will all be sterilised at the end of each course and copies of the resources will be available to download from the website.
    Each participant will have their own signing on form.
    The course will be taught whilst maintaining social distancing with a maximum group size of 6 participants and will make use of the wider tracks and paths; during the course there will still be plenty of opportunity to stop, ask questions, look and learn.
    Each participant will need to be fully equip for the expected weather and ground conditions and should also bring a small personal first aid kit and consider bringing an 'orange survival bag' (especially during wetter/colder weather).
    Participants and the group leader will always be guided by and follow current government advice on how to 'Protect yourself and others from Coronavirus' - website link: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus The government guidance gives instructions for staying safe outside your home and for meeting people from outside you household.
    All activities are risk assessed and an extra assessment has been made for carrying out emergency first aid by the group leader (Nigel) who always carries emergency equipment and a full first aid kit.
    A full safety and socially distancing briefing will be made before the course starts.
    Face coverings: These are not mandatory for any course; you may want to bring one anyway incase for any reason outdoor distancing is not possible or you need require non emergency first aid assistance. A folded buff or simple covering made form a folded scarf will be sufficient.
    Lifts: Nigel will not be able to give anyone a lift from the station or to/from accommodation. Some courses start close to the station (20 minutes walk) or a one to one/two midweek course could be arranged that starts at the station or closer to it.
Beginners

Beginners map reading courses

Beginers will learn to use a map and compass. Using a compass is quite simple and everyone can, and does learn how to use one.

One or 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!

Bronze level National Navigation Award Scheme

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.

beginner checking path direction with a compass on a nnas bronze course

Intermediate

Intermediate map reading courses

Learn to use a compass confidently to relocate yourself, bearings across open countryside and more precise map skills and confidence

Silver level National Navigation Award Scheme

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.

Day two map reading course

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

learning to reloacte when lost on a navigation course

Night navigation

lady with headtorch looks at map before doing a night map reading course

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.

Mountain navigation and hill skills

useing maps and compasses to plan and walk in UK hills and mountains

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.


Mountain

Mountain navigation and hill skills courses

Mountain navigation and hill skills

useing maps and compasses to plan and walk in UK hills and mountains

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.

Gold level National Navigation Award Scheme

Training and assessment courses available

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.

learn to use a compass to naviagte uk hills and mountains on a gold NNAS

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

National Navigation Award Scheme

National Navigation Award Scheme bronze, silver and gold courses

Bronze and Silver National Navigation Award Scheme

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.

The silver NNAS builds on bronze skills and techniques.
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

Gold level National Navigation Award Scheme

Training and assessment courses available

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.

man with heathland back drop uses compass to selct correct path

Outdoor skills training

Outdoor skills training - backpacking and wild camping

Backpacking and wild camping

back packing and wild camping course on dartmoor national park

Learn how to pack and use backpacking equipment to get out on your own wild camping and backpacking adventures.

Join New Forest Navigation on a wild camping trip or get in touch to go on your own bespoke trips and adventures.

Bespoke outdoor skills training

Outdoor skills training - personally delivered to you or your group.

Nigel Parrish has over 20 year experience of walking, backpacking, wild camping and journeying in UK hills, and mountains.

Advice can be provided in choosing, using and training in any type of outdoor walking and backpacking activity.

Training can be delivered to individuals, couples and groups in most aspects of outdoor skills - using test and stoves, choosing and using equipment, training advice and guidance or guiding you on your first outdoor adventure.

back packing and wild camping course on dartmoor national park

Corporate and groups

Courses, walks and fun learning for teams, groups and clubs

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

lady on corporate team building map reading course looks back and smiles

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.

Bespoke outdoor skills training

Outdoor skills training - personally delivered to you or your group.

Nigel Parrish has over 20 year experience of walking, backpacking, wild camping and journeying in UK hills, and mountains.

Advice can be provided in choosing, using and training in any type of outdoor walking and backpacking activity.

Training can be delivered to individuals, couples and groups in most aspects of outdoor skills - using test and stoves, choosing and using equipment, training advice and guidance or guiding you on your first outdoor adventure.

back packing and wild camping course on dartmoor national park

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