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Map of Helvellyn and Striding Edge

navigation skills

Our navigation courses are designed to be progressive and rich in content. We want to create a relaxed atmosphere and help people develop their mountain skills. We have three levels of navigation courses to choose from. 

LDM are offering beginner, improver and advanced navigation courses. We also have more specific courses that can be booked for a more tailored experience, such as winter navigation and night navigation. We want to really help refine and develop your skills for when it really matters. 

For those aspiring Mountain Leaders, check out our ML refresher courses, designed to help you through your consolidation period. 

Navigation courses for beginners

Level 1:

intro to navigation

For beginner navigators looking to learn the basics of map reading.  Through a mixture of theory and practical we will cover map scales & symbols and develop our navigation techniques and strategies. 

improver navigation course

Level 2:

Improver's Navigation

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. 

Navigating across moorland on a navigation course

Level 3:

Advanced Navigation

This course is for competent mountain navigators looking to consolidate to a higher standard such HML or ML awards.  Here we will be looking to incoporate poor visibility into the syllabus. 


Mountain Navigation

night navigation

For those looking to practise their navigation techniques and strategies in the dark.  Here we are simulating poor visibility.  This is good for ML consolidation or simply to check in on your skillset. 

WHAT customers SAY

Reading a Map

Sam built on our skills throughout the walk. He was patient, relaxed, kind and encouraging, he really gave us great foundation skills so we can take ourselves up the hills safely. Sam has a fantastic skill set and attitude, we thoroughly enjoyed our day out and would use the company again. Thanks Sam!

Reading Map

Highly recommend Lake District Mountaineering. Had a fantastic day with Sam and the group. Very professional, safe and thorough.

Had a great day on the beginners navigation course with Sam. He is very knowledgeable and a great teacher, we had a fun day and learned lots. Thanks Sam!

Compass & Map

It was fun, informative and a great way to spend a full day with good company.
I was on the course with another lady, and I’m sure it would be just as good for couples, families etc.
I now feel much happier navigating the Lakeland fells alone.


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

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