Natural navigation

Natural navigation introduction course and 'journey' days. Learn how to use clues in nature to work out which direction to travel both as method of natural journeying and to compliment traditional map reading skills in a fun, informative and interesting way.

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  • learning to navaiagte and plan routes on tracks and paths
  • two people use prcise navigation and compass to check path direction
  • two people use prcise navigation and compass to check path direction

£74 or £139 per person for one or two full days

Suitable for absolute beginners and those looking to enhance navigation and natural skills

All equipment provided by nature- just bring yourself!

Around 5/6 hours each full day

Courses run all year

One to one, couples and groups

Comprehensive joining details and suggested kit list

Learn how to observe, use and form a navigation strategy from clues in nature. Learn how the position of the sun, moon and stars can add navigation and how to use them as part of a longer natural navigation journey.

Learn half a dozen key woodland or open countryside indicators of direction that you can use as part of your traditional map reading journey our to undertake natural navigation journeys using clues in nature to guide you.

5-6 hour course each day with plenty of time to learn, practice and consolidate skills and ask questions. Each course length is around 10-12km (Max) at a learning pace - it is not a route march.

One to one, one to two, couples and groups always welcome with courses arranged to suit. Midweek courses dates and natural navigation and nature awareness sessions tailored to suit you.

All weather fun - Course takes place mostly on surfaced tracks, paths and well drained areas of the forest or in the open countryside where routes can be modified to suit the conditions. Wear warm cloths, an extra layer and walking boots and come to enjoy the course at any time of the year.

All resources are provided by nature! You just need to bring food, drink and yourself!

Course joining details are sent a couple of weeks before the course start date. Get in touch if you are using public transport and want a lift from the station (Brockenhurst) to the course start car park and the day two start form you accommodation.

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Full day - Introduction to Natural Navigation - Learn how to observe and use clues in nature to find direction

Natural Navigation observations can be used as a stand alone method to find direction or to compliment traditional 'map and compass' skills. Quickly learn how tell what direction you are travelling in, where the sun will set, wind direction or compliment your outdoor journeys and increase the enjoyment and understanding of your surroundings.

What is natural navigation? Natural navigation is basically about making observations about natural clues in nature that you can use to find the cardinal points - north, east, south and west. With these observations you can then learn how to work out which direction you are walking in, set a map, make mental map or sketch map of you surrounds and draw in other observations to enhance you enjoyment of the countryside.

Observe and enquire Natural navigation is an 'observational and enquiring' skill. The more observations you make the more you begin to learn and understand the natural world around you and how each part of the connects to each other. Learn ways to start making your own observations and adding them to your natural navigation toolbox.

What will you learn? During the courses you will be shown some key indications of direction in woodland, on heathland and on countryside walks. Learn ways to discover further indicators for yourself, apply them to traditional map reading techniques and enjoy a fantastic countryside walk along the way. Depending on the season and location, you will learn; how the sun (and maybe the moon) moves through the sky and indicates direction, how plants, trees and shrubs can indicate direction, how the natural world is shaped and influenced by 'direction' and how you can unravel its story. Natural Navigation is not a prescriptive skill but the day will focus on key indicators of direction and you will learn at least 6/8 as well as enjoying time out in the countryside. As an all round outdoor person Nigel can never pass up the opportunity to share some extra knowledge input the local flora, fauna, history and geology.

Two day (second day) - Natural navigation journey day

The second day will be an opportunity to 'journey' using natural navigation techniques and some additional ways to keep track of distance in the countryside. This will be a journey with a purpose but not a set agenda or route; on the way you will gain confidence in your skills and spend a few hours immersing yourself in nature observations.

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Course Gift Vouchers available for all courses

Dear Nigel,  
Just wanted to say thank you for your teaching on the recent map reading course.
Neal and I put our new skills to the test during a weekend walking in the Black Mountains. We were pleased to put all the skills into practice and we didn't get lost once! Neither did we argue over the Map!
Thanks again  Ellie and Neal - Two day map reading April 2017

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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.

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