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night navigation courses

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. 

Get skilled up in the dark so you know your navigation techniques work for when it really matters; in poor visibility or benightment. 





This Night Navigation Course is designed to equip participants with the skills and confidence to navigate safely and effectively in low light conditions. It emphasizes hands-on, practical learning in a controlled environment, ensuring participants leave with the ability to find their way in the dark.

These courses run through the autumn months, when we have early darkness.  This means we can make of the most of our time on the hill at a reasonable hour.  These courses run from 4:00pm until around 10:00pm roughly. 

We will meet at Borrowdale YHA and use the Bessy Boot and Tarn at Leaves areas above.  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.



Introduction to Night Navigation:

Understanding the challenges and considerations of navigating in low light conditions.

Gear and Equipment:

Essential equipment for night navigation (headlamp, spare batteries, map case, compass with luminous markings, etc.).

Night Vision and Headlamps

Techniques for preserving and enhancing night vision.

Safety Briefing:

Emphasising safety protocols and potential hazards associated with night navigation.

Setting Bearings

Using a compass to set and follow bearings in the dark.

Pacing and accurate distances

Estimating distances traveled and maintaining a straight course at night.

Route Planning and Execution

Planning and executing a night navigation route, considering terrain and visibility limitations.

Terrain Assessment at Night

Evaluating terrain features and conditions in low light to make informed navigation decisions.

Night Navigation Challenges

Participants navigate through a series of complex scenarios designed to simulate real-world night navigation challenges.


Orientate the map

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 

navigate accuratley in low visibility


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 

We can go bespoke if the dates don't work, please get in touch to discuss. Bespoke courses start from £200

Minimum of 2 for courses to run as an open course 


18+ yrs to attend this course


Some navigation knowledge is expected (at least a level 1 course with LDM) 

This is a progressional courses so we are trying to build on prior knowledge and heading into the darkness is a step up from daytime navigation.


We are simulating poor visibility. 


We will share kit lists with you during the booking stage

A headtorch is essential.  A Petzl Tikka is a good budges, entry level torch. 

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


These courses use the North Lakes and we will meet at the Borrowdale YHA on the day for 4:00pm


Here we will introduce the course outlines and discuss our objectives

We will head onto the hill in darkness and be out until around 10:00pm 

These courses run in the Autumn when we have shorter daylight hours. 


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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 £200

1:2 £230

1:4 £270

1:6 £320

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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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