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mountain navigation:

level 2

For walkers with some basic navigation skills; here we will be looking into more detailed contour interpretation, reading the topography of the map and developing our compass skills. 

This course is delivered by mountain professionals and the syllabus has been designed by the LDM team 




This is a mountain navigation course that can run with up to 6 people per instructor. 

This Improver Navigation Course is designed to take participants' navigation skills to the next level. It focuses on advanced techniques and practical application, ensuring that participants leave with the confidence and proficiency to navigate in challenging outdoor environments. This course is designed for walkers with some basic navigation experience, looking to hone their skills and improve their understanding. 

We like to use the Bessy Boot and Tarn at Leaves areas above the Borrowdale YHA. 

This area has 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. 

The journey on the day is no more than 8km with one steep uphill section.


Building on basics

Refreshing map types, choices and maps appropriate to terrain travelled

Further 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.

Course Ratios

1:6 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 1:6 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

Some map reading skills and previous navigation experience is needed for this course. 

If you have never been hill walking and require a more introductory course, then please look at attending our

Level 1 Navigation Course

We also have a more comprehensive

Mountain Skills Course


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

OL4 map and Silva Expedition 4 compass are recommended 


These courses use the North Lakes and we will meet at the Borrowdale YHA on the day for 9:00am

This allows us to use the large area above the valley, inclusive of Dock Tarn & Ullscarf or Bessy Boot. 

The YHA at Borrowdale offers accommodation if needed 

Keswick is closest town, along with Cockermouth too. 


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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

1:4 £270

1:6 £300

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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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