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2 day

mountain navigation course

Develop your mountain navigation skills with our more comprehensive 2 day course. This longer course looks at all the navigation skills you need for moving around the mountains of the UK; focussing on contour interpretation, compass skills and building good navigation strategies.  

This course is delivered by mountain professionals and the syllabus has been designed by the LDM team.  This is our recommended navigation course as it allows for more contact time with the instructor. 



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This is a mountain navigation course that can run with up to 4 people per instructor. 

This 2 day navigation course is designed for walkers looking to gain navigation experience and wanting a comprehensive course to hone their skills and improve their overall understanding towards safe mountain travel. It focuses on developing strategies and practical application, ensuring that participants leave with the confidence and proficiency to navigate in challenging outdoor environments and mountainous terrain. 

This course offers more contact time, a lower ratio and the time to refine your skills so it is perfect for those wanting to develop a higher understanding of navigating and become more autonomous in the skills needed to be proficient in all conditions. 

We will meet for day 1 in Langdale and use this area around the Langdale Pikes.  Day 2 is often run from Grasmere and uses Easdale tarn and offers a mountain journey on each day.  It may be possible to offer a night navigation session to simulate poor visibility to help hone our skills.

The areas have some good pathless and often boggy terrain, which can be 'featureless' and requires good contour interpretation and solid skills with pacing and timing on each leg.  We will take a progressive approach to building your navigation knowledge, developing your skills and putting techniques together to build solid strategies when out in the hills over a two day period.

This course builds on basic compass use and we look to focus on bearings; how to take them and follow them accurately across open terrain.  Compass work is an advanced skill so two days allows us the time to build all the foundational knowledge and be progressional in our learning. 


Building on basics

Map types, choices and maps appropriate to terrain being travelled

Map Reading Skills

Understanding contour lines and terrain features in greater detail.

Distance Estimation and Pacing

Developing more accurate measuring skills.

Pacing techniques for varying terrains.

Fine-Tuning Compass Techniques

Compass use for precise navigation.

Following accurate bearings.

Terrain Association and Feature Identification

Enhancing skills in relating map features to actual terrain.

Identifying micro-features and subtle terrain changes.

Practical Navigation Exercises

Participants practice their improved navigation skills in outdoor scenarios.

Emphasis on using maps, compasses, and terrain association techniques.


Measure distances



Aiming off

Attack points

Intricate contours & ground interpretation

The compass and its features

Compass bearings & accurately following bearings across open ground 

Navigate away from marked paths 

Relocation tactics 

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Be able to navigate away from marked paths and rely on more intricate contour features and subtle landscape changes

Follow bearings accurately over open ground,

Use more advanced techniques to create reliable strategies for each navigation leg, 

Be able to pace and time more accurately, 

Be more confident in poor visibility and relocating 



Expert Instructors:

Our course is led by experienced navigators with a deep understanding of map and compass skills. They are dedicated to providing high-quality instruction and ensuring each participant gains a solid foundation in navigation.

Comprehensive Curriculum:

Our course covers all essential aspects of navigation, from map reading and compass use to terrain association, helping you develop solid strategies. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of how to find their way in the outdoors.

Practical Application:

We believe in hands-on learning. Our course includes extensive practical exercises and outdoor navigation scenarios, allowing participants to immediately apply what they've learned in real-world situations.

Small Group Sizes:

We maintain small class sizes to ensure focussed attention and ample opportunity for questions, discussions, and where possible one-on-one guidance. 

Positive Learning Environment:

We foster a supportive and encouraging learning environment where participants can feel comfortable asking questions, making mistakes, and building confidence in their navigation abilities.

Proven Track Record:

Our navigation course has a track record of success, with many satisfied participants who have gone on to confidently navigate in a variety of outdoor settings. Their testimonials speak to the effectiveness of our instruction.


27th/28th June 2024

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Course Ratios

1:4 Ratio 

This is an open course designed for you to meet like minded individuals 

An instructor can teach up to 6 people on this course - we can provide additional instructors adhering to a 1:4 ratio. 

Minimum of 2 for courses to run

We can run private and bespoke dates for you and your group, just get in touch to organise! 


16+ yrs to attend this course

Under 18's must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian

No experience is necessary, the course is designed to be progressive

We also have a more comprehensive

Mountain Skills Course

We also run a Mountain Skills and Wild Camp course for those looking for further learning


We will share kit lists with you during the booking stage

You will need to wear suitable outdoor clothing (warm and waterproof where possible) and suitable mountain footwear (boots)

A good rucksack to carry everything you need for the day is advisable

Lunch, snacks and water for a full day

OL6 map and Silva Expedition 4 compass are recommended 


These courses use the Langdale area and we will meet at the Sticklebarn National Trust car park for 9:00am

This allows us to use the large area above the valley, inclusive of the Langdale Pikes, Easedale Tarn and Silver How. 

There is lots of accommodation in the valley from campsites to local pubs, and Ambleside is the closest town. 

Let us know if you require more information

Hire our Lake District Mountaineering instructors for private and tailored programmes.

Suited to your goals & ambitions to make the most of YOUR time in the mountains. 

Day rates: 

1:1 £195

1:2 £220

3 or more: £150pp

(for a 2 day course)

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We look forward to hearing from you and working towards your mountaineering ambitions and helping to achieve your goals. 

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