Navigation Courses in the Dales

The navigation courses that we run will give you the skills and confidence to get out and explore the dales and hills with friends and family. All the courses we run are led by a fully qualified and experienced instructor and operate in the wonderful landscape of the Yorkshire Dales.

Navigation Long Preston

Do have a read of this blog  . Top 10 Tips on Navigation

Location: The courses are run out of Long Preston, a small village in the Yorkshire Dales.

The initial part of the course is held inside and then we will head off in to the wonderful limestone landscape of the Dales.

Map & Compass Work (1 Day Beginner) £55 per person

Available Dates:

September 3rd

October 1st

October 22nd

….or contact us directly for a different date if you are a  Private Party of 4 or more participants

A 1 day course for beginners who want to be able to use a map confidently in the countryside and follow paths and other linear features. 

  • Understand how to use map symbols and scales, on a variety of maps.
  • Take a 6 figure grid reference for any given position and also locate such a reference on the map.
  • Orientate the map with and without a compass.
  • Use the orientated map to identify land features and indicate direction of travel.
  • Choose simple navigation strategies and routes.
  • Estimate how long a walk will take using the map.
  • What are contours and how steep is the land
  • Plan a safe, suitable walk
  • Understand access rights and responsibilities inc the Countryside Code.
“Just to say that Jonathan ran the day really well. He is an excellent instructor and his enthusiasm for map work is infectious” Ted from Leeds

Map & Compass Work (1 Day Intermediate) £55 per person     

Available Dates:

September 10th

October 15th

….or contact us for a different date if you are a  Private Party of 4 or more participants

This 1 day course is for those wanting to leave paths and use a compass to navigate confidently on open land. 

  • Plan a more complicated walk or route with estimated timings.
  • Understand and apply the following components of a navigational strategy ‘aiming off’, ‘attack points’, ‘collecting features’.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of contour features, both large and small, on the map and on the ground.
  • Judge distance accurately on the map and on the ground.
  • Employ simple relocation strategies when lost.
  • Use a compass to take a bearing both in clear and cloudy conditions (ie: from the land or from a map)
  • Use a compass to follow a bearing accurately.
  • Further information on the Countryside Code and use of lands in the Yorkshire Dales

Private Day £65 per person 

Private parties only of 3 or more companions with a maximum of 6. Please call or e mail.

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These private days offer a mixture of guiding and navigation training. Instruction will be during the walk and be tailored to the standard of the group.

Further Information:

Each course will have a maximum of 6 and minimum of 3 participants. If it is larger a 2nd instructor will be used

Maps and Compasses are provided

You will need to be equipped with the following: Enough clothes to keep you warm and dry in all weathers (Jeans are not suitable for outdoor activities.); Waterproof clothing (Jacket and trousers); Walking boots;  Lunch and drinks. We may slip a coffee/tea in though when you arrive!

If you would like us to book you in to one of the Long Preston inns or B & Bs just let us know, it is a great place to spend a couple of days.

To book your Navigation Course:

Please read our Booking Conditions and fill in the attached Booking Form

Alternatively contact us on 07824 304060 or email info@where2walk.co.uk

 

Comments

  1. Chris Turner says:

    I have recently attended one of Jonathan’s beginner courses. I found the course perfect for learning the basics of map/compass work. I would highly recommend Jonathan and his coaching methods!
    Chris Turner

  2. Shelby says:

    Finally put what we had learned from the beginners course last year into practice. Very humbling to be miles from civilisation, without seeing a soul for hours, yet to be able to pinpoint exactly where you are in the world. I loved that and was very chuffed to plan and navigate a 30 mile route, without it ending in divorce!
    Thanks to Jonathans teaching style, everything sunk in and stuck, invaluable skills to have.

  3. Ian says:

    Two of us attended the intermediate course in September, which was excellent. There was a very engaging introductory desk session, getting us comfortable with maps and learning how to read and interpret them to see what lies behind them. That got us into the way of thinking about maps, and becoming more confident in our interpretations and judgement. That greater confidence was in many ways the best outcome of the whole day. The bulk of the day was then taken up with navigating around the Long Preston area, linking the map to what we saw and where we walked, and building confidence in taking bearings, and using them.
    Jonathan has a really good style, very inclusive, drawing you into his knowledge in a low key way that makes you learn, and want to learn more yourself.
    In short, a really interesting, positive and different way to spend a Sunday; very enjoyable and very good value.

  4. David Bradley says:

    I went on the beginner’s course along with my Wife and met another two people on the course so had a nice sized group of the four of us.
    The classroom based element of the course was enjoyable and I gained lots of useful information before our afternoon walk.
    Utilising what we did in the morning session we had an enjoyable walk in the afternoon around Long Preston applying our new found skills.
    Jonathan’s teaching style was informative, without been too intense which seemed to suit the group well.
    We left after an enjoyable day with a far better understanding of the basics of using the map and compass. Thanks Jonathan.

  5. Andrina Greenlaw says:

    Attended the beginners one day course 3rd July, with Jonathan who had his work cut out with me! Going on my own felt a bit nerve wracking, but Jonathan was so approachable and friendly that it was a really enjoyable day. It was a lovely group of women and we had a really fun day learning the theory and then putting it into practice. Jonathan was very patient and happy to go over things several times. I just could not get into my head getting the bearings from a map but was never made to feel daft about this. Just patiently went over it again with me until I understood it. I came away having had a thoroughly enjoyable day wandering around some stunning countryside and much more confident about putting my newly acquired map reading knowledge to the test. All in all, fantastic value for money and could not recommend Jonathan enough for anyone who wants to learn these skills.

  6. Andrew Lynch says:

    The intermediate course was a fantastic learning experience, giving a full insight into the
    importance of what the map shows as a primary feature and then moving onto all the
    compass practices that would make for a confident and safe day out on the hill.
    Superb value for money!

  7. Lene Ryden says:

    My friend and myself had a beginners navigation course at Easter 2016. We were greeted by Jonathan who was friendly and welcoming though we arrived late.

    The navigation course was really helpful, done in a small group, with patience and clear explanations, which supported us all in managing to follow a map and take readings from a compass.
    The following day we met up with Jonathan again and the three of us ventured further afield into the Yorkshire Dales where we took compass readings, followed the map, took compass bearings and counted out or steps. It was a lovely and enjoyable day with Jonathan who is easy to be with, knowledgeable and interesting.

    Thank you, Jonathan.

    We are doing a walk in the Lake District this summer due to your excellent teaching and support.
    Miriam and Lene

  8. Nurul Nadzirin says:

    I did the intermediate one day navigation course. I can say that in one day, Jonathan has taught me more about map-reading than what I can self-teach in a few months! He explains well and is patient; I and the other student felt like we could ask anything. Beyond the technical skills, his passion for the hills really shone through, which made it feel like I was just having fun in the outdoors with new friends. I would recommend his courses in a heartbeat!

  9. Joanne and Callum says:

    Enjoyed the one day map reading and compass course in along Preston. Jonathan was knowledgable and enthusiastic and made the day a great experience. Felt like we picked up lots of tips. Even the Great British weather couldn’t dampen our spirits! A great day – thank you.

  10. Norma Cottis says:

    I together with my friend have just attended the map and compass course on 7th June.
    Jonathan tailored the course excellently for our standard and I thought the practical side on the 3 hour walk navigating the route and the compass bearings including the pacing was great.
    Jonathan was very patient and understanding of our memory lapses being OAPs!
    A great day out would recommend anyone who wants to learn about maps and compass.

  11. Joan Farey says:

    My friend and I went on this navigation course and wondered if anyone could hammer home to us the art of compass reading (both of us are pensioners). Due to Jonathan’s patience and excellent teaching skills, we came away from a really enjoyable day with that knowledge and great confidence.

  12. David Higgins says:

    Clear, informative, and well-delivered. I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to develop their confidence walking in the hills.

  13. Kat Fox says:

    My boyfriend and I attended the beginners map reading course last month and both thoroughly enjoyed it. Learnt loads and are now able to make up our own walks instead of having to follow a guide book.
    We would definitely recommend this course to anyone looking to improve their kowledge of map reading/basic compass work.

    Thanks Jonathan for a great day.

  14. Attended beginners course on 29th March – freezing cold day but despite that we both really enjoyed the day. Jonathans teaching style was excellent – he gave all in the group the attention they needed and we felt we could ask any questions at any time. he gave us the basic knowledge of how to use a compass and its now up to us to ‘get practising’!
    I would recommend this course to anyone who needs to gain confidence in finding their way using maps / compasses – thanks Jonathan very much!

  15. This was the first time me and my wife have been on a map reading coures. I do a lot of mountain biking using maps but I learned so much on the day that I didn’t know about. My wife has never used a map and can now take coordinates and know how long our walk will take. I would recommend this coures to any one who does out door walking or cycling.
    despite the bad wheather we all had a great day out and Jonathan spent time with us all and explained his self really well. Thanks for a great day out

  16. Sharron says:

    Thanks for a great day Jonathan. Booked on the course as part of preparation to walk Hadrian’s Wall later in the year. Learnt an enormous amount and by the end of it, despite having no idea how to use a compass at the start of the day, I have been given the confidence I needed to navigate my way across the country (even in bad weather!). As indicated in other comments, Jonathan’s teaching style is clear and patient and the pace of the day was just right. The Dales played their part too – sparkling in glorious spring sunshine.

  17. Helen says:

    The intermediate day was a useful course on using a compass and I also learnt a bit more about detailed OS map use. I now have more awareness of route mapping and knowledge about how to get out of a dodgy situation when caught in bad weather in featureless territory. A well-structured day and enjoyable, as well as challenging.

  18. David Brown says:

    I attended the intermediate course run by Jonathon in October this year (2014) if you want to brush up on your map and compass skills and gain confidence in the use of both then this is the course for you. The course was run in a friendly relaxed manner and Jonathon explained all aspects in a clear and understandable way. 10/10.

  19. Mark & Lisa says:

    We are not new to walking having done many Lake district peaks, but we are not very good with map and compass therefore we either stick to the main route or end up scrambling down a hill side.
    We decided it was time to gain some knowledge and attended one of Jonathan’s one day courses, we found the day very helpful and really enjoyable. Two hours informal classroom work followed by the afternoon on the hills was just right and has given us the confidence to now plan our own routes.
    Many thanks Jonathan

  20. Martin Patchett says:

    My friend and I decided it was time to be able to take walking on a weekend to the next level. We wanted to plan a walk rather than print one.
    We checked out courses on the web and came up with Jonathan at where2walk and I’m so glad we did. He was excellent at explaining things and very patient too.
    It was a very relaxed atmosphere on a red hot day. I would be very confident of planning a route myself , which was the aim. I can now take a compass bearing and it’s all down to Jonathan.
    I hope to go on a more advanced course after some practice.
    I would without doubt recommend this informative , fun , relaxed course to any one.

  21. Helen Olney says:

    The course was fantastic. A great refresher of things I’d learnt a long time ago and lots of new information too. Jonathan tailored the course to us – based on our knowledge and what we wanted to get out of it. He’s very patient and very knowledgeable and it was a lovely day out in a beautiful part of the Dales. I now feel much more confident venturing off on my own and navigating around. I’d highly recommend the courses for anyone going out walking. Many thanks Jonathan

  22. David Smith says:

    I attended the Intermediate navigation course run by Jonathan at the end of March and found it to be informative, enjoyable and great value for money. As someone who already understood the basics I wanted to gain confidence to be able to navigate in the hills when weather conditions/visibilty are poor and the course definately provided the further knowledge and skills that I was looking for.

  23. Sue Kahn says:

    I can highly recommend this Intermediate navigation course. Lots of fun, wonderful scenery and very pleasant company. Jonathan gave me the confidence to have a look at my OS map find my grid lines and match everything up so I could definitely find my way home, plus enjoying the beautiful Dales countryside.
    Brilliant

  24. Cindy Hughes says:

    Attended the one day intermediate course last week ran by Jonathan and found it very informative and enjoyable. There were three of us of similar abilities on the course and I definitely came away with more knowledge and confidence on how to use both a map and compass out on the hills. Looking forward to practising the skills learnt. Thank you for a great day.

  25. Sheelagh Coles says:

    My friend and I completed the one day navigation course last week run by Jonathan. We had some prior knowledge of navigation but a lot to learn. Aswell as being a very enjoyable, and relaxed day, I do feel I have learned something. Jonathan not only knows his stuff but knows how to share his knowledge in a non-elitist friendly manner and with humour when appropriate. He was also very patient when we took hours to work out our compass bearings! I would certainly recommend his courses and guiding services.

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