Beginners Navigation Course

(12 customer reviews)



A 1-day course for beginners who want to be able to use a map confidently in the outdoors, plan your own walks and follow paths and other linear features. You will also learn to use a compass.

  • Understand how to use an Ordnance Survey Map.
  • Plan a suitable walk that takes you away from the crowds.
  • Choose simple navigation strategies and routes.
  • Estimate how long a walk will take using the map.
  • Understanding contours and how to use them to assess the steepness and shape of the land.
  • Use relocation techniques using the land around you when you are lost (inevitable at some stage in your walking!)
  • Use a compass to take simple bearings and to orientate the map to the land around.
  • Understand access rights and responsibilities inc the Countryside Code.


Saturday 13th April (Full)

Saturday 18th May (Full)

Sunday May 19th

Saturday 29th June

Sunday 30th June

Saturday 31st August

Saturday 12 October

The Beginners Navigation Course is suitable for a beginner who wants to learn the basic skills of map reading or anyone looking for a ‘refresher’ for map and compass skills that may have been forgotten in the mists of time.

Rehardless of your experience the course is a chance to learn the skills in order to explore the countryside further with more confidence.

It is also for anyone wanting an enjoyable day out in one of the most beautiful (and unspoilt) corners of England.

Long Preston, near Settle in the Yorkshire Dales.

Easily accessible via the A65 or train (there is a station in the village).

12 reviews for Beginners Navigation Course

  1. Harj

    I did this course in September 2023. I found it useful and Johnathan to be knowledgeable and approachable.

  2. Ange Morley (verified owner)

    Completed my 1 day navigation course and finally after loads of different people trying to teach me how to take a bearing with a compass, Jonathan finally got it to click in my head. He passed on a wealth of knowledge and clear to see he is passionate about walking out lands. Classroom based morning then outdoors for practice in the afternoon. Facilities were great and he even let me bag the local trigpoint. I will be back for the hill skills course. Thank you Jonathan

  3. Tony & Hilary (verified owner)

    We went on the beginners navigation course last week and it is worth every penny. I feel as if I can (with a bit of practice) really begin to get so much more out of walking. The course is really well structured and in a small group. Jonathon is really good at explaining everything and making it interesting. I hadn’t begun to realise just how little I knew, even though I knew it wasn’t much. It’s absolutely fascinating as well as being immensely useful.

  4. Gerard (verified owner)

    What a fantastic day I had ,I learnt so much from Jonathan, he was so patient and knowledgeable. After the morning classroom session we put what we had learnt in to practice in the afternoon and it was so brilliant, I would recommend that anybody wanting to know how to read a map and plan a route go on this course.

  5. Justine and John (verified owner)

    My Husband and I completed the Beginners course on 15th October 2022.
    We learnt so much in just one day.
    We did some Theory in the morning , then spent the afternoon putting it into practice on a fantastic walk.
    Jonathon is great, he explains things so well and has a lot of patience !
    We have gained so much confidence and can’t wait to try our new skills out.
    Highly recommend this course.

  6. Vivienne Birch (verified owner)

    I completed the beginners course last weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought I could read a map reasonably well but found there was an awful lot I didn’t know. I particularly enjoyed the practical afternoon using the compass which took some time for me to do properly but Jonathan was very patient and approachable. I feel I now have a new useful skill which I will enjoy practising. Would throughly recommend the course

  7. John Dickson (verified owner)

    2 July with three companions I was introduced to the niceties of map reading and compass work by the very personable Jonathan. A good day : theory followed by on the ground practice. I learned a lot! Very enjoyable and thoroughly recommendable.

  8. Mahmoona (verified owner)

    Really useful course – been meaning to go on a navigation skills course for years and my only regret is I wish I’d done it sooner. I was worried I might not get the concepts but there is a good mix of theory and practical work with plenty of opportunities during the day to practise what you have learned and repetition of key elements such as taking bearings and gauging distance travelled. I feel confident enough to have a go at it by myself. The outdoor element is at a good pace too if you’re not too fit like me!

  9. Susie (verified owner)

    I wanted to gain more confidence in planning my own walks using a map and compass so the beginners navigation course was ideal for me. Jonathan is welcoming, friendly and a great teacher. I enjoyed learning new skills and had fun putting them into practise while making new friends, all in one day! The course is really good value for money and I highly recommend it. Thanks Jonathan.

  10. Martin Hawer (verified owner)

    Having a basic grasp of navigation using a map my wife, Denise and I thought it would be a good idea to better our knowledge as a team so decided to attend a navigation course together. We found Jonathan’s courses on the web, held in Long Preston which is only an hour away from home so decided to book the intermediate course.
    We’re so glad we did, Jonathan is a very good and patient teacher both in theory and out in the field, he tailors to your needs where he can and makes the whole experience very enjoyable, as the saying goes, “time flies when you’re enjoying yourselves” this was certainly the case, we wished it could go on longer because it was really informative and detailed.
    We had good fun and are looking forward to using our new skills out in the hills.
    If you’re looking for a good navigation course to attend then go to Jonathans, you won’t be disappointed.

  11. Stephen (verified owner)

    I went on the Beginners course on Sunday 3rd April 2022, a good informative and interesting day learning to use Maps then introducing the use of a Compass, Bearings and Pacing then being able to see where you are with view points around us then relating these on the map, a good day outwith a nice set of folk, I’ve always liked using Maps from driving PSVs/HGVs for nearly 18yrs, this has opened another view on using them, thankyou Johnathon for a good day.

  12. Margaret (verified owner)

    I’m so glad I took this course. Jonathan covered all aspects of finding your way and orientation and reading the map versus the landscape. He explained everything very clearly and really made sure we had grasped the idea and could repeat it while out walking. Very patient and reassuring. We got instructions vie email as follow up to the course. I have much more confidence I’ll be able to navigate myself and already ordered a compass.
    And the walk was lovely too. Looking forward to exploring the area more.

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