Learn The Art of Navigation

Gain the confidence needed to successfully plan your own navigationally challenging walks, or refresh rusty techniques.

By Angela Owen

Using GPS is a great navigational tool if it isn’t the only tool you have, batteries run flat, the straight line they show doesn’t consider cliff edges. A GPS should never be a substitute for a map and compass. Learning the art of navigation is all about locating exactly where you are and being able to decide the quickest, easiest and safest route back. Navigation is a skill like any other skill it takes time and practice – trial and error so start in a lowland area learn the basics of reading a map and then move on to mastering a compass and reading the contours of the land.

“When walking alone in a jungle of true darkness,

there are three things that can show you the way:

instinct to survive, the knowledge of navigation,

creative imagination. Without them, you are lost.”

― Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

Path2Peaks Navigation Practice Courses – we will take you off the beaten track, this is a practical and fun way to learn the art of navigation. Our hands on one or two full day courses are based in the Dark Peak area, which is a perfect place to practice navigational skills. Select from our Bronze, Silver or Gold packages.

Most Mountain Rescue call outs are due to use of inappropriate footwear, poor planning and bad navigation.  Navigation in the UK is difficult as we don’t have lots of signposts scaring the landscape.

What you will learn

Gain the confidence needed to successfully plan your own navigationally challenging walks, or refresh rusty techniques.

  • Setting the map
  • Interpreting contours
  • Key Symbols
  • How to use the compass
  • Navigating in poor or limited visability
  • Estimating distances using pacing and timings
  • Plan and follow routes across featureless terrain
  • What to do if you think you are lost
Navigation Course 1
Navigation Course 2
Navigation Course 3
Navigation Course 4
Navigation Course 5
French Country

Who are our courses for?

Our courses are perfect for complete novices, seasoned walkers or those wishing to do their HML or ML training. It will give you the confidence needed to devise your own routes.

  • Individuals preparing for a National Body Qualification
  • Team Building Events
  • Novices
  • Seasoned Walkers
  • Duke of Edinburgh Volunteers
  • People Preparing for a Long Distance Trek
  • Hill and Mountain Lovers
  • Duke of Edinburgh Practice
  • People who love the Great Outdoors

Course Dates


Saturday 30th June 2018


Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th July 2018


Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd July 2018


For any enquiries please email