Begiginners will learn how to use a map and compass

One and two day map reading courses

Day one to learn the essentials to plan and navigate your own routes

Two days to learn further techniques, consolidate them and gain confidence

map reading couple plan a route using maps and compasses on a naviagtion course

£83 per person for one day course

All maps and compasses provided

Around 6 people on each course for quality tuition

£145 per person for two day course

Around 6 hours of tuition each day

Everyone WILL learn to use a map and compass

Day one course - Learn how to use a map and compass

Use a map and compass together alongside timing, pacing and easy to find features to start planning and navigating your own routes.

Two day course - Gain confidence and consolidate skills

Two day course to use contours, learn further use of the compass, relocation techniques, gain confidence and consolidate knowledge.

Day one only or two day course?

Check out the Frequently asked questions below to find out if it is best to do one or two day, two day course or Bronze NNAS and other others FAQ's!

Next few courses you can book TODAY....

27 April Book me

One or two day map reading course - Cranbourne Chase

Day one - 27 April - places available

Two days - 27 & 28 April - places available

16 & 17 May Reserve me

One or two day map reading course - central New Forest

Day one - 16 May - 6 places - reserve a place

Two days - 16 & 17 May - 6 places - reserve a place

18 & 19 May Reserve me

One or two day map reading course - central New Forest

Day one - 18 May - 6 places - reserve a place

Two days - 18 & 19 May - 6 places - reserve a place

30 May Reserve me

One day map reading course - central New Forest

Day one - 30 May - 6 places - reserve a place

Starts close to Brockenhurst

13 & 14 June Reserve me

One or two day map reading course - central New Forest

Day one - 13 June - 6 places - reserve a place

Two days - 13 & 14 June- 6 places - reserve a place

15 & 16 June Reserve me

One or two day map reading course - central New Forest

Day one - 15 June - 6 places - reserve a place

Two days - 15 & 16 June- 6 places - reserve a place

Learn essential navigation skills so you can plan and walk your routes. Everyone can, and does learn how to use a compass to point them down the correct path! The two day course is ideal preparation for NNAS Silver, mountain navigation courses and for those walking long distance tracks and trails.

Learn how to navigate confidently on tracks and paths by using a map and orienting it with 'on the ground' features, map measurements and timings. Learn how to use a compass to walk down the correct path, track or feature. On day two learn another compass technique to check the direction of features.

5-6 hour course each day with plenty of time to learn, practice navigation skills and ask questions. Each course length is around 12-14km (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 navigation training tailored to suit you.

All weather fun - New Forest courses takes place mostly on surfaced tracks and paths that are usable all year. Other locations make use better surfaced rights of way and route adjustments may be made if it is very wet. Some courses take place in the wet and muddy 'season' so wear decent boots, warm cloths, extra layers and come to enjoy the course at any time of the year.

The day one course is great as an introduction to navigation and for those who want to read a map and use a compass. Consider doing both days (two day course) if you want to learn further compass techniques and have time to practice and consolidate skills. Day two only courses run a few times a year if you want to come back and do it on another weekend.

Course joining details are sent a couple of weeks before the course start date. Most courses will start in the New Forest, Cranbourne Chase and Martin area with some public transport friendly options.

All map reading equipment is provided - Proper maps and quality compasses are provided for the course. You just need to bring food, drink and yourself!

How to...

Book & Pay

How to book and pay

When you are ready to book

  • Check the course date has places remaining and where the start location is

  • Have a look on the course calendar to see if you need to pay in full or pay a deposit

  • Complete the booking form and pay using PayPal or request an invoice to pay via bank

Book and pay - FAQ's

You can see every course date on the course calender page. The page will tell you

  • How many places are left on each course
  • If you need to pay a deposit or infull to secure a place
  • Where course start location

Each courses pages also have the very latest information as well as full details of what you will learn on the course.

You are also welcome to securemail if you need further information

You can see every course date on the course calender page. The page will tell you

  • How many places are left on each course and if the course needs minium numbers to goahead.
  • If you need to pay a deposit or in full to secure a place

Usually you can pay a deposit to reserve a place on a courses that is taking place in a few months time, or require minimum numbers to commence.

Deposits will be refunded if the course does not goahed. Usually you will know this 4-8 weeks before the course date.

You are also welcome to securemail if you need further information

Each of the course website pages has pricing information.

One and two day map reading courses

National Navigation Award Scheme courses

Hill and mountain navigation course

The can use the first couple of drop downs and number of people box to on course booking form to calculate what a couyrse will cost.

You are also welcome to securemail if you need further information

There are lots more Frequently Asked Questions on each of the courses own website pages.

These website pages also have loads of information about what you will learn, latest information, start locations, which corses are suitable for beginners etc.

One and two day map reading courses

National Navigation Award Scheme courses

Hill and mountain navigation courses

You are also welcome to securemail if you need further information

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.

Latest information

Check out the 'latest information' for details of the next few courses, places left and what you need to to do to reserve a place or book onto that courses date or use the course calendar to every date and options to filter by course name.

Go to the courses date calendar page to see every course date, places remaining and if you can pay in full or pay a deposit to secure a place.

If you need further information then use the contact form or securemail to find out more.

Book and pay

Complete the course booking form when you are ready to book.

You can choose to pay now using PayPal to securely process a credit or debit card or request an invoice with further payment details.

On the course payment page you can also use the link to 'Stripe' payment service, a payment service that is an alternative to PayPal to process your card.

Latest course dates information

One and two day map reading courses - next few...

Date and details - you can book most of these, now...Dates
Silver National Navigation Award Scheme (Hill & Mountain navigation) - South Wales11 & 12 May
Midweek - Two day map reading and/or Bronze NNAS - Central New Forest16 & 17 May
Two day map reading and/or Bronze NNAS - central New Forest18 & 19 May
Midweek - Two day map reading and/or Bronze NNAS - Central New Forest13 & 14 June
One & Two day map reading - special Fathers Day offer...15 & 16 June
Midweek - Two day map reading and/or Bronze NNAS - Central New Forest11 & 12 July
Two day map reading and/or Bronze NNAS - central New Forest13 & 14 July
Silver NNAS - North West New Forest20 & 21 July

What you will learn on the one and two day navigation course

Day one map reading course - one day navigation course is ideal for beginners with absolutely no previous experience. Everyone can learn to read a map and use a compass!

On the one day map reading course you will learn to use a compass check the map is oriented and to point you down the correct path. Don't worry if that sounds difficult, anyone can, and everyone does learn an easy way to use the compass.

Two day map reading course (or Bronze NNAS) - Consolidate techniques learnt on the first day and bring it all together to start planning and walking your own routes.

Ideally do both days together as a two day navigation course; you can book for both days consecutively for a fun weekend course or choose to do day two on a different weekend or midweek day.

You will Learn:

  • Read a map using easy to find features such as tracks, paths and forest rides.

  • Learn how to orient yourself and the map using easy to find features such as tracks, paths, rides and boundary features so you can choose the correct track and path to go down.

  • Measure the map and use time to keep track of distance and where you are.

  • Start using easy to find features to break your route down into smaller chunks.

  • Use a compass to point you down the correct track, path or forest ride.

  • Gain further confidence using a compass to walk on fainter tracks and paths(D2).

  • Start using contour information as part of your route planning and route walking (D2).

  • Put everything together along with more accurate map measuring, pacing and timing to navigate confidently and accurately (D2).

  • Develop and awareness of local access issues and personal responsibilities when out accusing the countryside (D1/2)

  • Learn what to do if you get lost; strategies to find where you are using the map and compass and also how to use a smartphone app (with no signal) as a back up to find your position on a map (D1/2)

  • Gain awareness and knowledge of walking equipment and safety equipment and what to do in an emergency (D2)

Bespoke map reading and how to use a compass courses can be arranged as one to one, for couples and small groups.

Course duration and length

The day one, and two map reading courses are usually around 5-6 hours. Map reading courses start from forest and country side car parks and full joining details are sent to participants around 2 weeks before the course start date. The course length is around 10-12km (around 6/7 miles) and may involve some steeper up and down sections that may be wet or slippery.

All weather fun!

The courses take place on forest and countryside tracks, paths and may also ventures onto more open countryside, through woodland and up and down steeper sections that at times may be loose, slippery and muddy. It is advisable to wear walking boots or sturdy walking shoes and be equip for all expected weather conditions. During very wet weather better surfaced tracks and paths are used where possible but the course will still go-ahead in some form even if it is wet and windy.

Equipment provided.

Quality maps and real compasses are provided for all courses and you can take home a handy timing card. Just bring yourself and enjoy; guidance for what to bring can be found on the website.

Two day course OR Bronze National Navigation Award Scheme?

You will learn the same techniques and gain the same skills on the two day and the Bronze NNAS. The Bronze NNAS requires you to demonstrate learning and route planning knowledge by carrying out some simple navigation exercise/s and tutor question and answering. WHEN you pass you will receive the official NNAS certificate.

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

New Forest Navigation - Map reading courses start locations

Day one (one day) map reading courses start usually from from Wilverley Plain car park, Anderwood car park, Standing Hat car parks in the New Forest. Day two map reading courses usually start from Fritham car park in the New Forest.

You can view and check directions to all map reading course start locations on the course locations and directions page.

Wilverley Plain, Anderwood and Standing Hat car parks are very close to the new forest villages of Brockenhurst, Burley, Lyndhurst and not far from Lymington and Christchurch. Fritham can be reached easily from the A31/M271 junction at Cadnam and is also easily reached from villages in the New Forest. If you are coming from further a field they 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!

New Forest Navigation map reading courses start from New Forest car parks that are all easily reached by car from New Forest villages and surrounding towns and main transport links and road network for those coming across Hampshire from London or South East or West England.

Wiltshire map reading courses start close to Marlborough using countryside car parks at Fyfield Downs, West Woods and Savernake Forest. Marlborough map reading course locations and information

One and two day map reading courses can also be arranged to start from the centre of Brockenhurst, Lyndhurst or Ashurst railway station, Burley village and locations to the west of the New Forest closer to Ringwood and Fordingbridge. A lift can be arranged if you arrive public transport or are using public transport to travel within the forest.

Testimonials

Keith and I just wanted to thank you for the course last weekend, we both really enjoyed it and learnt so much! Thank you for all your patience. We went from almost zero navigation knowledge to the first stages of confidence! We both plan to develop our skills further.

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.

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