These hill skills and navigation courses are graded to suit all comers from the complete novice to those looking to explore the upland hills and mountains of the UK with increased skill and confidence. Our courses will teach you all aspects of map reading and how to use a map and compass and a variety of navigation strategies. All courses cover knowledge of safety and access issues when walking in the countryside, as well as an understanding of environmental issues.
- Hill Skills Navigation Course 1 – Bronze
- Hill Skills Navigation Course 2 – Silver
- Hill Skills Navigation Course 3 – Gold (training)
- Hill Skills Navigation Course 3 – Gold (the assessment)
All our navigation courses run with low ratios not exceeding 1:4
Frequently Asked Questions
How good do I need to be?
You can start at the Bronze Level with no experience. Our Hills Skills 1 Bronze course covers the fundamentals of any map reading courses and is an excellent place for anyone to start.
Can I start at the Silver or Gold level?
We would probably ask you about your previous experience and abilities to determine whether such a course would be appropriate for you, but yes this is possible.
If I sign up for the Gold course, can I borrow a tent from you?
Yes – we have mountain tents for this purpose – for your use free of charge.
Ten ways to be better at map reading
Map and Compass beats a GPS Device Every Time. Here’s Why
Free training resources for navigation practice
Open Orienteering Courses available for children
Free tips and advice from Ordnance Survey
BMC Hill Skills: Map basics
The National Navigation Award Scheme provides a progression of learning through a network of qualified and enthusiastic course providers. National Navigation Award assessment gives recognition to personal performance in navigation skills and provides tangible evidence in the form of badges and certificates.