Beginners Navigation Training

This course is perfect for anyone with little or no prior navigation experience
Category: Hike
Event Grade: Moderate

This mountain navigation course is ideal for anyone who wants to be self sufficient in the mountains of the UK.

This course is perfect for anyone with little or no prior navigation experience. Whether you are a hill walker who wants to be able to head out in all weathers, considering enrolling on the Mountain Leader scheme, or a climber who wants to be able to navigate from the top of the route back down to the pub in the dark, the skills are the same.

If you have existing navigation skills we will be able to build on these over the course.

The course is suitable for anyone over the age of 18. There is no maximum age and we regularly get a mixture of ages and experience and are used to tailoring the course to meet the needs of a varied group of people.

What does the course cover?

  • One full days of practical navigation in the mountains of Cumbria
  • Introduction to different map scales
  • Setting the map
  • Interpreting contours
  • Key symbols, i.e. how to find a footpath, fence, stream, etc., and how to interpret them
  • Planning and following a route using paths and other key features
  • How to plan and follow a route across featureless terrain
  • Estimating distances using pacing and timing
  • Navigating in poor or limited visibility
  • How to use the compass

Where to Meet:

Legburthwaite Car Park, St John's in the Vale, CA12 4TQ

Legburthwaite can easily be found on the A591 between Grasmere and Keswick, just to the north of The King's Head Inn and Thirlmere, turn off the main road onto the St John's In The Vale road, drive past The Lodge in the Vale and over the humpback bridge and the car park entrance will be seen on the left.


Each client is expected to bring suitable personal equipment, this should include the following:
Walking Boots / Walking shoes
Waterproof clothing (Jacket and trousers)
Suitable warm clothing for walking (no jeans)
Warm tops
Packed lunch
Torch (Preferably a head-torch).
Warm hat

You may also wish to use your own equipment during the course, if you have any of the following please feel free to bring it along:
Lake District Maps (OL7)

If you do not own the above don't worry, The Lake District Walker will provide it.


Friday June 08 2018 at 10:00 am
Saturday June 09 2018 at 10:00 am
Sunday June 10 2018 at 10:00 am

PRICES£40.00 Individual


All bookings subject to a transaction fee


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Further details can be found on the Lake District Walker website.



Telephone: 0844 693 3389


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