Intro Navigation Course


If you are a beginner or have done a little navigation before this Introductory Navigation Course is perfect for you.

This one day practical Snowdonia navigation course is geared to giving you a taste of the skills you need to get out exploring the fells and mountains of the UK. Aimed at beginners wanting to start self-guided walks in the hills, our intro navigation Course offers a good introduction to the fundamentals of navigation. One of the major causes of incidents and mountain rescue callouts is due to navigation errors. Dont let yourself become one of the statistics!

Who is this Intro mountain navigation course suitable for?

If you are a beginner or have done a little navigation before this Introductory Navigation Course is perfect for you. It is suitable for complete beginners and is a great stepping stone for those aspiring to explore the wid uplands of the U.K. It will allow you to confidently navigate youself and others on the well trodden paths of the popular UK summits.

Intro navigation course content

The majority of this course is practical and takes place in the great outdoors We will however spend a little time in the classroom. You will develop knowledge in the theory and use of maps, grid references, scales and rights of way and all the practical tools for navigation including the use of a compass to set the map and check direction.

  • Different map scales. 1:25,1:50,1:40 Ordnance survey and Harveys.
  • Orientating the map. (using topography and with the compass)
  • Grid references
  • 5 ds. Distance,Duration, Description, Direction, Dangers.
  • Following linear features.( handrailing paths, streams, wood blocks)
  • Pacing and timing. (Naismiths rule)Basic contour interpretation.
  • Basic map to ground and ground to map interpretation.
  • Relocation/lost procedure.
  • Using a timing card

How fit do i need to be for the Intro mountain navigation course?

We dont cover huge distances on these courses. The emphasis is on the techniques rather than improving fitness, We choose venues that have lots of features in a relatively small area and dont involve significant height gains. This allows you to concentrate on navigating rather than wiping the sweat off your brow!

What equipment do i need to bring?

You will need to be equipped for a full day out on the hill with food and drink, hiking boots, and a minimum of waterproof jacket and over trousers, warm hat and gloves and a rucksack to carry everything in.

Here's our suggested kit list for this course:Rucksack - about 25-35 litres

  • Hiking/walking boots (with good soles which will grip on rock, grass and mud)
  • Waterproof jacket with hood (Goretex or similar)
  • Waterproof over trousers
  • Hiking/trekking trousers or leggings (not jeans or cotton)
  • Base layer top (usually synthetic/merino - not cotton)
  • Fleece/softshell warm jacket
  • Spare warm layer e.g. fleece top
  • Warm hat
  • Gloves
  • Watch
  • Food & drink for the day
  • Emergency survival bag (polythene is OK)

We will provide maps and a compass.


Snowdonia, North Wales.


1 day.


£45.00 per day.

Experience Required:

None required.

Age Limit:

18+ (unless parent/guardian present then min. approx 8 yrs).

Equipment Provided:

We will provide maps and compasses.

Online Booking Form:

Booking Form (size: 186 kB)

Medical Form (size: 103 kB)


Intro Navigation Course

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