For beginner hill walkers or novices looking to gain confidence in map reading.

Max Ratio 1:6

1 Day

£70pp - up to 6 spaces

If the day runs on a 1:1 ratio - it will run as a half day

Compass hire - £5pp

Maps Provided

Map and compass navigation

Course Outline

This course will take a progressive approach to navigation.

We will have discussion around:

  • Planning Routes (resources, websites etc)

  • Choosing a map

  • Reading the map

  • Understanding scales and symbols

  • Basic contours 

On the hill we will teach you how to:

  • Orientate the map

  • 4 D's of navigation (Description, Distance, Direction, Duration)

  • Measure distances

  • Timing legs 

  • Navigate via linear features such as paths, walls and streams

  • Develop hand railing techniques

  • Introduction to the compass and its features

This course will teach the fundamentals of map reading and lay the groundwork for those wishing to progress onto the next course and develop their mountain navigation. 

We will provide maps of the area we will be covering but we advise you to buy and bring along your own Silva Expedition 4 compass to practice with and use going forward.


2021 dates

13th April 2021


National Trust Car Park - Elterwater 


24th May 2021


National Trust Car Park - Stick Barn  


Private Bookings

Can't see a date that works for you?  Contact us for a private and bespoke course to suit your availability. 


To book this course, visit our BOOK NOW page and complete the enquiry form. 

For further information email us. 

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Course Dates

Course dates listed above.


Private courses available on request. 

Venue & Location

Locations detailed above - book a course with date and venue that suits you. 


All technical equipment is provided for this course. 

Use our Kit Lists to know what to bring for your course. 

Walking on Scafell Pike


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