Navigation courses for everyone...

One, two day and National Navigation Award Scheme courses

Courses suitable for beginners, intermediate and advanced navigators

One and two day map reading courses

Beginners Learn to use a map and compass

One and two day map reading courses suitable for beginners that want to learn how to use a map and compass.

Bronze National Navigation Award Scheme

Beginners Learn to plan and walk their own routes

Bronze National Navigation Award Scheme courses are suitbale for beginners that want to plan and walk their own routes.

Hill & mountain navigation courses

Intermediate Learn to navigate UK hills & mountains

Take you lowland skills to the UK hills and mountains. Learn how to stay safe and navigate them!

More navigation courses

Silver National Navigation Award Scheme

Intermediate level course. Utilise bronze techniques on Silver terrain, learn to use compass bearings and strategies for more open countryside.

Gold National Navigation Award Scheme

Take bronze and silver skills to the hills and mountains! Navigation away from tracks and paths using fine details and contours as the primary means of navigation.

Bronze NNAS

On-Your-Bike

Bronze National Navigation Award Scheme on your MTB!

Check out Wessex Adventures if you want to do the Bronze National Navigation Award Scheme, one and two day navigation courses on your off road bike.

Still not sure which course to start with?

Check out the guidance below to see a summary of what each courses offers.

Courses are listed strating from those suitable for beginners through to more intermedite and advanced level courses.

Strat with a one, two day or Bronze National Navigation Award Scheme if you are new to map reading and want to learn how to use a compass.

One day map reading course

Course suitable for beginners that want to use a map and compass.

  • Suitable for beginners

    Start here if you are a map reading beginner that wants to learn to use a map and compass.

  • Learn to use a compass

    Everyone learns to use a compass - even you!

  • Learn to use a map

    Use a map and easy to identify features to start planning and navigating routes on tracks and paths.

  • Plan and navigate YOUR own routes

    Leanr how to measure distance on the map and on the 'ground' to plan routes, and navigate them with the map and compass.

  • Quality maps and compasses provided
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One day map reading course. Learn how to use a map and compass, start planning and navigating your own routes.

Two day map reading course AND Bronze National Navigation Award Scheme

Learn the same techniques!

  • Learn all the day one techniques and more...
  • Use contours, further compass techniques, plan route sections and navigate them.

    Second day is an opportunity to learn a few more things and start bringing it all together.

  • Learn relocation skills

    Learn a couple of ways to find out where you are using the map and compass.

  • Practice techniques, consolidate knowledge and gain confidence

    The second day is an opportunity to use the skills in easy navigation exercises.

  • Bronze National Navigation Award Scheme - extra bits!

    Informal assessment using Q&A, tick list and group discussion. Get a certificate!

  • Bronze NNAS cost

    The Bronze NNAS costs £10 more than the day two course (£15 if you choose to do the Bronze after the coyrse has started)

Did you know...

You can do the second day of the course or the Bronze assesment on another weekend if you want to.

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Bronze National Navigation Award Scheme and/or two day map reading

Silver National Navigation Award Scheme

Intermedite level course - learn to use compass bearings

  • Learn how to use compass bearings
  • Use smaller contour features, learn to use navigation strategies to cross more open countryside
  • Use attack points, fine navaigtion and back bearings
  • Learn how to recognise navigation error and learn relocation stratergies
  • Intermediate level course

    It is strongly suggested you do the Bronze NNAS before the silver. 3 day silver availabe for those who need an extra pre-day to brush up on skills.

3 day silver NNAS

Choose the optional pre day if you new to the scheme or have rusty skills

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Silver National Navigation Award Scheme

Hill and mountain navigation

Start to learn hill skills and navigation techniques for uk hills & mountains

  • Learn how to use compass bearings
  • Use smaller contour features, learn to use navigation strategies to cross more open countryside
  • Use attack points, fine navigation and back bearings
  • Learn hills skills, hwo to reloate yourself and what to do in an emergency.
  • Fantatsic introduction to hill and mountain navigation

    This intermediate level course sits some where between a silver lowland NNAS and the gold NNAS. It can be enjoyed as an introduction to hill and mountain navigation AND/OR as a silver level NNAS.

  • Intermediate level course

    This course is best enjoyed by those that have at a minimum completed a one day course, ideally two day or bronze NNAS.

New for 2024 - silver NNAS option

This year particpants who have completed the Bronze (or equivalant) can complete the course as a silver NNAS

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Hill and mountain navigation

Gold National Navigation Award Scheme

Start to learn hill skills and navigation techniques for uk hills & mountains

  • Learn how to use compass bearings
  • Use smaller contour features, learn to use navigation strategies to cross more open countryside
  • Use attack points, fine navigation and back bearings
  • Learn hills skills, hwo to reloate yourself and what to do in an emergency.
  • Fantatsic introduction to hill and mountain navigation

    This intermediate level course sits some where between a silver lowland NNAS and the gold NNAS. It can be enjoyed as an introduction to hill and mountain navigation AND/OR as a silver level NNAS.

  • Intermediate level course

    This course is best enjoyed by those that have at a minimum completed a one day course, ideally two day or bronze NNAS.

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Gold National Navigation Award Scheme

Read the syllabus for the Bronze, Silver and Gold level National Navigation Award Scheme

Bronze NNAS

On-Your-Bike

Bronze National Navigation Award Scheme on your MTB!

Check out Wessex Adventures if you want to do the Bronze National Navigation Award Scheme, one and two day navigation courses on your off road bike.

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Navigation courses - Learn how to use a map and compass

New Forest Navigation map reading courses start from car parks and villages within the New Forest National Park. Courses also start in Cranbourne Chase, South Downs, Dorset, Wilstshire and Hampshire. 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.

Check out Wessex Adventures for guided mountain biking, navigation on your bike, MTB skills and technique training and guided walking and actvivities