National Navigation Award Scheme courses

Bronze, Silver and Gold level personal performance, non-competitive, incentive scheme for all ages to learn navigation skills and gain confidence to get out and enjoy the countryside.

  • using a compass bearing to cross open heathland on a silver nnas
  • learning how to check the correct path on a nnas bronze course
  • beginners learn to use maps and compass on a bronze level nnas
  • lady on a one to one nnas silver course relocates herself when lost
  • using a compass to confirm direction on a silver assesment course in new forest
  • silver assessment couple plan a route using maps and compasses
  • planning and walking in mountains using fine detailed bearings and contour interpretation
  • gold level training with a map and compass on dartmoor moorland

£120 per person bronze and silver NNAS

£159 gold training & £149 Gold assesment

Bronze NNAS - suitable for absolute beginners or those looking to improve navigation skills

Silver NNAS - intermediate course for those who have done bronze NNAS or similar level course

Gold NNAS - The ultimate personal navigation challenge!

All equipment provided - just bring yourself!

Around 6-7 hours each day

One to one, couples and groups

Comprehensive joining details and suggested kit list

The National Navigation Award Scheme is for those that want nationally accredited recognition for their map reading prowess! Learn essential map reading skills, develop navigation confidence and strategies by progressing through the award scheme levels. A rewarding and fun way to learn how to use a map and compass.

Each course level is officially acknowledged by a National Navigation Award Scheme certificate. Whilst not navigation qualifications the NNAS scheme is highly regarded by many organisations as a quality assured standard. The NNAS Bronze award is accredited by the Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at Level 4, and 2 SCQF credit points are awarded on completion.

Beginners start at the NNAS bronze to confidently navigate tracks and paths using a map and compass. Those looking to improve intermediate skills can start at NNAS silver to navigate more open countryside sometimes away from main tracks and paths, finer details map reading and further compass techniques. NNAS gold is for those who want to navigate UK hills and mountains using precise navigation strategies, precision map and compass skills and by utilising contour information.

Bronze and Silver training and assessment courses are around 12-13 hours in total (two day course for each level) and take place in the New Forest. Group sizes are only up to a maximum of 6 people and are taught a pleasant 'learning pace' for people to comfortably learn skills. Gold training courses are held over two days in the mountains and hills of south wales.

One to one, one to two, couples and groups always welcome with courses arranged to suit. Midweek courses dates and navigation training tailored to suit you and you activity can always be arranged.

ALL map reading equipment is provided and each candidate will receive an official NNAS certificate on successfully completing the course and navigation assessment. Proper maps and quality compasses are provided for the course. You just need to bring food, drink and yourself!

Course joining details are sent a couple of weeks before the course start date and include comprehensive details to get to the start locations. 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 to/from you accommodation.

The National Navigation Award Scheme silver can be delivered as a 3-day course for small groups, couples and individuals. The NNAS bronze is a fantastic group or team learning adventure that can be tailored to suit YOU - ideal for lowland leaders, DOE leaders and participants, walking group leaders and groups of friends who want to explore 'beyond the guide book'!

I would just like to drop you a line to give some feedback on your silver NAAS course and assessment.
I can only say how exceptional the course was and how good the content for navigation was, the course was both enjoyable and whilst we had long days, they were made to seem short and fun.
An excellent weekend of learning and assessment by an excellent outdoor adventure trainer.
I would have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone who wants to learn navigation, compass techniques and map reading.Dave Kemp - May 2015

National Navigation Award Scheme learning outcomes

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Need a lift? - If you are arriving by public transport ask for a lift from the Brockenhurst Station.

2017 course dates

18-19 November Silver NNAS - New Forest - places remaining

December (date TBC) Bronze NNAS - New Forest - email to check date and details

2018 course dates

Bronze NNAS - 24-25 March 2018

Three day Silver NNAS - 27-29 April 2018 - Friday to Sunday - no previous experience required

Two day Silver NNAS - 28-29 April 2018 - Saturday and Sunday

Gold NNAS training weekend - 30 June -1 July 2018

Gold assessment - October 2018 (also available on request as a one to one/two)

Bespoke full day midweek map reading courses

One day - 1 to 1 person - £89, 1 to 2 people - £135, Three people plus, from - £49 per person

Week days, weekends and discounts for two day courses!

Book two days/weekend for a discount

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The New Forest is ideal for bronze and silver level National Navigation Award Scheme courses. The forest offers a massive variety and number of tracks, paths and forest rides; the more open heathland and fainter forest paths are excellent to try out and test map, compass and fine navigation techniques.

Bronze level NNAS
Navigation in the countryside using paths tracks and other linear features, basic map interpretation and compass work is included.
Read all the National Navigation Award Scheme Bronze level learning outcomes

Silver level NNAS
Navigation in the countryside using skills acquired at bronze level and adding skills required to navigate to features and places some distance from paths and tracks, accurate compass work is required and an ability to use appropriate navigational techniques to go across country in some cases.
Read all the National Navigation Award Scheme Silver level learning outcomes

Gold level training NNAS
Navigation in the countryside using skills of the first two levels, but adding techniques and skills for dealing with complex contour features large and small. The Gold Award is delivered as separate Gold Award Training and Gold Award Assessment courses. Gold level courses take place on Dartmoor or South Wales.
Read all the National Navigation Award Scheme Gold level learning outcomes

Gold course format and details
The Gold NNAS course will be held over 2 days in Wales. The actual course length will be around 14 hours with a longer first day and shorter second day. Each day will involve up to 10-16km of walking on sometimes rough open moorland without tracks or paths.
You won't need to be super fit or an already experienced mountain walker. A willingness to learn new skills in a fantastic and challenging environment is all you need!
Each day will be spent on Welsh hills and mountains with the likely hood of experiencing mountain weather! Participants will need to suitably equip and prepared to learn in all conditions. Part of the course will be about coping with and navigating in a variety of weather conditions, but it might just be sunny!
If you have some, but rusty map reading and compass experience get in touch securemail to arrange a pre-course training session anytime in the New Forest or in Wales the day before the course date.
Read the Gold NNAS learning outcomes to get and idea of what you will learn.

Quality tuition with equipment included
The course fee includes over 12-14 hours of quality tuition, informal assessment and ALL equipment required. Participants receive an official NNAS certificate at the end of the course after successfully completing the assessment. Gold level training course participants will get a personal improvement plan to ready themselves for gold level assessment that takes place at a later date.

Flexible course options
NNAS courses can be taught over two separate days/week ends or midweek to couples, groups and on a one to one basis. Three day direct entry courses for Silver and Gold level can also be arranged.

NNAS accredited
New Forest Navigation is accredited by the National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) to train and asses Bronze and Silver awards and to provide Gold training.

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The National Navigation Award Scheme bronze course starts from Standing Hat car park or Wilverley car park and Fritham car park.

Wilverley Plain and Standing Hat car parks are very close to the villages of Brockenhurst and Burley and not far from Lymington and Lyndhurst. Fritham is close to Brook and Bradshaw and can be reached easily from the A31/M271 junction and is also easily reached from villages in the New Forest.

The National Navigation Award Scheme silver course (New Forest) starts from Abbots Well car park, Frogham, Fordingbridge. Full directions are given when you book but the car park is located close to Fordingbridge, Ringwood. Abbots well is easily reached via the B3079 Brook and Bramshaw road from the A31/M271 junction/s from London and south East England, and central New Forest towns and villages.

If you are coming from further a field they are all very central and easily reached from Christchurch and Bournemouth to the south west, Salisbury and Wiltshire area to the north and from Hampshire, Surrey or London using the main road network. Do allow enough time to travel across the forest and download or check directions before you come!

The National Navigation Award Scheme gold course is in south Wales near the Brecon Beacons. The course meeting point is at the village of Tal y Bont on Usk for both days. Accommodation can be found in the village it self, nearby at Brecon or Crickhowell and a good camp site is just up the road at Pencelli. Full details will be given when you book along with advice and guidance of what clothing and equipment you need.

If you need any further information before you book then do get in touch securemail

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Gift Vouchers available for ALL courses...

Gold level National Navigation Award Scheme training and assesment course

Learn how navigate safely and confidently in UK hills and mountains using precise map and compass techniques and contour information

using fine contour details and accuarte compass skills to navigate in uk mountains in wales

  • Learn to navigate across open moorland and mountain terrain using contour information and major and minor landforms.
  • Judge distance and use techniques of time, pace and contour information to maintain constant contact with the map.
  • Use Gold National Navigation Award Scheme techniques to plan and walk safe routes in open country and make on the spot adjustments in technique for terrain, weather conditions and other factors.
  • Learn essential hill skills and understand the navigation demands posed by hill and moorland terrain.

Course format
The Gold NNAS course will be held over 2 days in Wales. The actual course length will be around 14 hours with a longer first day and shorter second day. Each day will involve up to 10-16km of walking on sometimes rough open moorland without tracks or paths. Ideally you will have already completed the Silver NNAS or a similar course or have some experience of using a map and compass to navigate away from tracks and paths.
You won't need to be super fit but will be able to spend two long days walking in the hills and mountains over sometimes steep or hilly terrain. A willingness to learn new skills in a fantastic and challenging environment is all you need!
The Gold NNAS training course costs £159 per person

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.

Vouchers can bought at anytime and do not have to be used until 31 March 2018

Navigation training start locations

New Forest Navigation courses start from Forestry Commission car parks. You can view the actual location of each on the maps below (tip - use the satellite view to see the actual layout of the car park). You can view and download schematic maps and directions to the all car parks on the course locations and directions page. Please allow plenty of time to travel safely across the New Forest as much of it is on 40mph speed limit roads.
You can view every start location here

Standing Hat car park, Brockenhurst - Location and directions

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Standing Hat car park
Brockenhurst, Hampshire, SO42 7QJ
50.831318, -1.554447

Silver NNAS - Location and directions

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Abbots Well car park
Abbots Well Road, Frogham, New Forest, SP6 2JD
50.915459, -1.748661
High Corner car park
Ashley Walk car park

Wilverley Plain (Wilverley Inclosure) car park - Location and directions

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Wilverley Plain car park
Brockenhurst, New Milton, Hampshire, BH25 5TZ
50.806672, -1.638379

The map marker shows the actual position of the car park. The postcode directions are to the general area ONLY. You SHOULD check and verify the actual location and get directions BEFORE travelling to the New Forest!

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