Navigation Skills

Whether you are looking to gain confidence to explore a little further afield within your local environment or develop your skills to access more challenging or remote areas, our navigation sessions can teach you all of the skills you require no matter where you are on your navigation skills journey.

Navigation Skills - Peak district

Navigation is the skill of being able to plan and follow a route and accurately ascertain your position at any given point.

Whether you are looking to gain confidence to explore a little further afield within your local environment or develop your skills to access more challenging or remote areas, our navigation sessions can teach you all of the skills you require no matter where you are on your navigation skills journey. 

Navigation skills training can take place in your local area following footpaths through lowland terrain, around moorland and forests or in more defined hill and mountainous areas of the UK. Our professional and qualified instructors will guide you through the hills and countryside whilst you get to grips with reading a map, using a compass and working out where you are and where to go.

We can provide walking boots, waterproof jackets and waterproof trousers for you to use for the duration of the session if required, or alternatively you can bring your own. 

Sessions will include map reading, learning how to relate the map to the landscape, how to work out distance and time, use of a compass and how to plan hill and mountain walks.

We cater for all levels of experience and ability from complete beginners, to those who are more experienced and have gained the basic skills but want additional support or guidance from our experts. 

Our night navigation sessions focus on techniques for navigating in reduced visibility (for example during fog or mist) and in darkness and these sessions take place in the evening after sunset. Our team will help you take bearings and follow them in the dark, and show you how to use pacing and timing as an essential navigation tool to allow you to navigate safely through the landscape at night time or in poor visibility conditions. We provide head torches for our night navigation sessions, or alternatively you can bring your own. 

During our beginner navigation sessions, you will mainly stay on footpaths and bridleways and our team will teach you skills including: 

  • How to understand a map as a two-dimensional plan of your surroundings
  • How to understand map symbols
  • How to understand scale and what this means for you as a walker
  • How to orientate a map with and without a compass
  • How large hills and valleys correspond to contours on the map
  • How to work out which way to go using features or a compass
  • How to read grid references and why you may need this
  • How to use clearly identifiable features on the landscape to confirm where you are on the map
  • Techniques to find your location if you lose track of where you are

For those with some map reading or navigation experience, our intermediate and advanced navigation skills sessions can be tailored to develop and enhance your existing skills and include:

  • How to plan walking routes
  • How to navigate away from paths and linear features
  • How to use landmarks to orientate the map
  • How to use the compass to accurately follow a bearing
  • How to measure distances on the map and an  introduction to pacing, timing and ticking off
  • How to identify dangerous or difficult terrain on the map 
  • How to maintain your navigation in poor visibility 
  • How to prepare for emergency situations
  1. Developing leadership: you'll get opportunities to lead the way, hold the map and compass and lead the group, supporting others who may be less confident
  2. Improving self confidence: by learning the skills to navigate you will have a greater confidence in your own abilities and it may inspire you to get out walking more
  3. Learning lifelong skills: knowing how to read a map is a lifelong skill which is guaranteed to be useful to you for many years, no need to rely on your mobile phone map any longer
  4. Building teamwork: by working together to understand the map, use of the compass and following a route you will strengthen team bonds
  5. Improving communication: by listening to each other and working together to understand the map and use the compass
  6. Being close to nature: you'll have opportunities to notice landmarks and points on the landscape that you may not have seen before, and during our night navigation you may even see the stars in the dark sky
  7. Self-reflection: opportunities to reflect on how you worked as part of the team, what input you had and how you contributed

Our navigation skills sessions can be delivered almost anywhere! Our most popular locations for navigations skills are:

  • Yorkshire
  • Lake District
  • Peak District
  • North Wales

Navigation is the skill of being able to plan and follow a route and accurately ascertain your position at any given point.

Whether you are looking to gain confidence to explore a little further afield within your local environment or develop your skills to access more challenging or remote areas, our navigation sessions can teach you all of the skills you require no matter where you are on your navigation skills journey. 

Navigation skills training can take place in your local area following footpaths through lowland terrain, around moorland and forests or in more defined hill and mountainous areas of the UK. Our professional and qualified instructors will guide you through the hills and countryside whilst you get to grips with reading a map, using a compass and working out where you are and where to go.

We can provide walking boots, waterproof jackets and waterproof trousers for you to use for the duration of the session if required, or alternatively you can bring your own. 

Sessions will include map reading, learning how to relate the map to the landscape, how to work out distance and time, use of a compass and how to plan hill and mountain walks.

We cater for all levels of experience and ability from complete beginners, to those who are more experienced and have gained the basic skills but want additional support or guidance from our experts. 

Our night navigation sessions focus on techniques for navigating in reduced visibility (for example during fog or mist) and in darkness and these sessions take place in the evening after sunset. Our team will help you take bearings and follow them in the dark, and show you how to use pacing and timing as an essential navigation tool to allow you to navigate safely through the landscape at night time or in poor visibility conditions. We provide head torches for our night navigation sessions, or alternatively you can bring your own. 

During our beginner navigation sessions, you will mainly stay on footpaths and bridleways and our team will teach you skills including: 

  • How to understand a map as a two-dimensional plan of your surroundings
  • How to understand map symbols
  • How to understand scale and what this means for you as a walker
  • How to orientate a map with and without a compass
  • How large hills and valleys correspond to contours on the map
  • How to work out which way to go using features or a compass
  • How to read grid references and why you may need this
  • How to use clearly identifiable features on the landscape to confirm where you are on the map
  • Techniques to find your location if you lose track of where you are

For those with some map reading or navigation experience, our intermediate and advanced navigation skills sessions can be tailored to develop and enhance your existing skills and include:

  • How to plan walking routes
  • How to navigate away from paths and linear features
  • How to use landmarks to orientate the map
  • How to use the compass to accurately follow a bearing
  • How to measure distances on the map and an  introduction to pacing, timing and ticking off
  • How to identify dangerous or difficult terrain on the map 
  • How to maintain your navigation in poor visibility 
  • How to prepare for emergency situations
  1. Developing leadership: you'll get opportunities to lead the way, hold the map and compass and lead the group, supporting others who may be less confident
  2. Improving self confidence: by learning the skills to navigate you will have a greater confidence in your own abilities and it may inspire you to get out walking more
  3. Learning lifelong skills: knowing how to read a map is a lifelong skill which is guaranteed to be useful to you for many years, no need to rely on your mobile phone map any longer
  4. Building teamwork: by working together to understand the map, use of the compass and following a route you will strengthen team bonds
  5. Improving communication: by listening to each other and working together to understand the map and use the compass
  6. Being close to nature: you'll have opportunities to notice landmarks and points on the landscape that you may not have seen before, and during our night navigation you may even see the stars in the dark sky
  7. Self-reflection: opportunities to reflect on how you worked as part of the team, what input you had and how you contributed

Our navigation skills sessions can be delivered almost anywhere! Our most popular locations for navigations skills are:

  • Yorkshire
  • Lake District
  • Peak District
  • North Wales

Booking information

  1. What's available?

    • Half day activity session
    • Full day activity session
    • Incorporated into full programme
  1. Who can book?

    • Youth and community groups
    • Schools
    • Universities and colleges
    • Businesses

Interested in navigation skills sessions?

Get in touch with our team using the link below to book or find out more.

Book now

Why choose Navigation Skills with Carnegie Great outdoors

  • We are part of Leeds Beckett University with over 12 years' experience working with external clients and groups
  • We hold Public Liability Insurance of £25,000,000
  • We provide all specialist outdoor activity equipment, which is thoroughly checked, cleaned, serviced and maintained by our team. We hold trade accounts with the leading outdoor equipment manufacturers and replace our activity equipment in line with manufacturer and National Governing Body Guidelines
  • We tailor our activities to meet your personal aims and objectives, or to fit the requirements of the group; meeting curriculum requirements, corporate learning aims, identified skill sets or learning objectives 

All sessions are run by our friendly instructors who:

  • Hold specialist qualifications issued by the National Governing Body for each of the activities
  • Have excellent working knowledge of the activity locations
  • Are DBS enhanced checked
  • Hold a specialist 16-hour Outdoor Emergency First Aid qualification which is renewed every three years and covers the care of casualties in remote settings, in line with Government HSE regulations
  • Hold professional indemnity insurance
  • Have extensive experience working with a variety of client groups in the outdoors
  • Have a sound understanding of the outdoor sector including relevant legislation
  • Maintain a high standard of customer care