Want to pick your own course dates? We are available throughout the year to run your very own bespoke navigation skills training course. Please contact us to enquire further.
Please note there are 10 available places per course with a required minimum of 4 persons booked on in order for a course to run
Upcoming Course Dates
March 25th & 26th. Ten places available
April 22nd & 23rd. Ten places available
May 27th & 28th. Ten places available
September 23rd & 24th . Ten places available
October 28th & 29th. Ten places available
November 25th & 26th 10 places available
These navigation skills training courses are ideal for anyone wishing to improve their map reading & navigation skills to allow them to venture into mountainous regions of the UK with confidence. Some previous experience of map reading & navigation techniques is useful but not essential.
Kendal Mountaineering Services run their Navigation Courses in the Kentmere area of the southern Lake District National Park.
Please note a minimum of four persons are required to be booked on to any of these course dates before they will run.
The price includes the provision of laminated maps for the areas to be covered in both 1:25 and 1:50,000 scales. You will need to provide your own compass for the course and we would recommend the Silva Type 4 Expedition compass for this navigation and map reading course.
We will meet on both days at 09:00 at Wilf's Cafe at Staveley Mill Yard in Staveley (LA8 9LR for your Satnav). On day one we will travel to the nearby area of Green Quarter Fell to introduce basic map reading & navigation techniques providing a progression throughout the day for everyone - no matter what level of expertise you have.
On day two, we travel further up the Kentmere Valley to walk part of the Kentmere Horseshoe and here we can consolidate the skills taught on day one as well as adding techniques not already covered.
The following aspects of navigation skills will be covered during the course:-
Orientation of the map,
Measuring distance on the map & on the ground by pacing.
Tick off features,
Naismiths rule (timings c/w distance & contours),
Taking & walking on a bearing using a map, ie grid to mag,
Identifying features from ground to map (mag to grid),
Walking on a bearing/back bearings,
"Handrailing" using Linear features (e.g. streams/footpaths),
"Boxing" around an obstacle.
The emphasis throughout the course is to give you as many opportunities as possible to progress to a high standard of mountain navigation capability. We run all of our Navigation Skills Training courses to Mountain Leader Training (MLTE) Standard.
Read a report about our most recent Navigation Skills Training Weekend Course here!
Please get in touch with your enquiries either by calling on 07761 483364 or by using the contact us form and we will be happy to answer any questions and to take your booking.
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