Why Learn Navigation & Map Reading?

Learning navigation skills and how to read a map properly will mean you can go out on more adventures, like in bad weather or even at night!

Your experiences in the wild outdoors will become more interesting AND much more fun.

If all you ever want to do is walk in good weather you are living in the wrong country! The Lake District seems to have it’s own weather system and can be unpredictable, the Peak District can be murky most of the time with low lying fog and don’t get me started on Scotland! It’s like cloud and bad weather is hiding round the corner waiting for you.

Instead of being afraid of fog, mist, cloud, rain, sleet and snow, why not just embrace it all, learn how to navigate, buy a good coat and have the time of your life? Now you can venture out into the wild in bad weather or even at night!

Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping

Just because we love the freedom to be able to navigate with a map and compass, this doesn’t mean we are anti-digital mapping. Even if you pretend that you never use it on the hills digital mapping is very useful when planning a trip or expedition.

Plotting routes on Ordnance Survey Online is an excellent way to gauge your distances and moreover the ascent along a trail. Take a look and give it a go

Best route to Haystacks
Best route to Haystacks

What you’ll learn on my Navigation Workshop

Learning how to navigate and read maps can change your life.

Navigation isn’t just about getting yourself to safety when bad weather comes in, it’s about having fun planning your routes in the first place, being able to adapt and even plan for change.

It’s about making your route more interesting and then not having to focus so much on all of that when you’re out in the mountains with your family and friends.

Learn Navigation & Map Reading With Me

A day isn’t a long time to teach all of this stuff so I’ll try to get all of the basics through during the morning.

Silva Expedition 4-360 Compass
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You’ll learn how to use an Ordnance Survey map as a visual representation of the world around you and how to read symbols on it to recognise features on the ground.

After lunch we’ll look at the compass and how it can help you cross featureless terrain. Then it’s up to you to get us to the summit and back down to the village. You’ll work out a plan for this yourself and everything will start slotting into place.

I’ll show you how to use what you’ve learned without having to hold your map and compass in your hand all the time. I’m patient, friendly and good at gauging how you learn so will adapt my methods to suit you.

What’s Included On The Course?

Here’s a brief syllabus for a one day navigation course:

  • ​Reading Maps – Map scales & symbols
  • Grid references
  • Open access and ‘where you’re allowed’
  • Measuring distance – pacing & timing
  • The compass & taking a bearing
  • Hand rails, catching features, attack points & aiming off
  • Understanding contour lines
  • Naithsmith’s Rule

Oh, and I will provide the map for the day AND a pint or brew at the end so you get chance to ask as many questions as you need to.

Come out with me for a day or a weekend.

Turn your walks into adventures!

Private Navigation & Map Reading Day

Navigation and map reading course in the Lake District

A long day learning basics and intermediate – everything you can soak in.

Location: Lakes, Peaks or Snowdonia

Date: To suit you

Price: £200

Includes: Use of a map and a compass


Private Navigation & Map Reading 2 Day

Map reading course at Honister

Two whole days learning the basics and advanced navigation techniques.

Location: Lakes, Peaks or Snowdonia

Date: To suit you

Price: £350

Includes: Use of a map and a compass


Private Navigation & Map Reading 2 Day Wild Camping Expedition

Night navigation in the Lake District

Two whole days learning the basics and advanced navigation techniques with a wild camp and night navigation.

Location: Lakes, Peaks or Snowdonia

Date: To suit you

Price: £600

Includes: Use of a map and a compass