Bronze NNAS Navigation Course

Beginner Navigation Course in the Peak District | Bronze NNAS Certified


So you are always letting someone else lead the way or your solo walks are guided by more than a bit of luck. Your reasons for wanting to get better at navigation make a great chat over coffee and we can’t wait to meet you and find out more. The freedom of the hills is soon to be yours. Open the map – Turn it around – Match it to the ground - Off you go.

Bronze NNAS Navigation Course

Price : £175.00 per person

Location : Peak District

Duration : 2 Days

Ratio : 1:8

Minimum age : 13

What's Included :
  • Expert tuition
  • Use of all required navigation equipment
  • Complimentary refreshments
  • Free parking
  • Personalised feedback and development plan
  • 5% discount on equipment in our shop
  • 5% of sales go to The Pure Outdoor Foundation

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  • Perfect introduction to navigation with map and compass 
  • Learn, practice and consolidate essential hillwalking skills 
  • Build confidence to plan your own quality hill days

Course Overview

A two day practical Peak District Navigation Course geared to giving you the skills you need to get out exploring the tracks and trails of the UK. Aimed at beginners wanting to start self-guided walks in the hills, our beginner navigation course offers a full introduction to navigation as well as essential skills for safety, planning and kit selection. You'll also cover the effects of weather, how to deal with emergencies and gain a valuable understanding of Britain's upland environment.  

Based at The Adventure Hub in the heart of the Peak District, you will be perfectly situated to launch out onto the high moorland and ridges of the Dark Peak or the beautiful rolling valleys of the White Peak. 

You will be able to understand and use maps, grid references, scales and rights of way and all the practical tools for navigation including the use of a compass to set the map and check direction. 

Recognised by DofE, Scouting and The Ramblers, the NNAS Bronze award is accredited by the Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at Level 4, and 2 SCQF credit points are awarded on completion.

Course Outcomes

  • Learn to navigate with map & compass 
  • Build hillwalking confidence 
  • Use a compass to set the map and check the direction of travel
  • Choose appropriate navigation strategies 
  • Learn effective relocation techniques
  • Complete the Bronze NNAS syllabus

Course Information

Day One
9:30 - 16:30

Get ready to learn everything you need to navigate safely and confidently during a fun and informative weekend that will focus on boosting your confidence and developing your ability to plan and follow walks of your own.

Your instructor will welcome you and discuss the aims of the course and your own aspirations over a great cup of fresh Italian coffee or tea.

A brief theory session introducing maps, access rights, key skills and discussing key strategies that are relevant to good navigation. Safety in the hills will underpin this session.

You'll need to collect maps and compasses and check that your rucksack is suitably packed ready for what the weather may throw at you.

The exact location will depend on the weather and the aims and abilities of the group. We typically aim to walk straight out from the Adventure Hub. Any remote location will usually be within 15 minutes drive of The Adventure Hub in which case we will travel dressed and ready to walk immediately upon arrival.

Your instructor will demonstrate key practical skills and give you the chance to practise before progressing to harder skills and navigation targets. The incredible accuracy and usefulness of the maps usually hits home hard within the first few hours as we look at ways of absorbing and reflecting on clues experienced on your immediate journey and the wider environment. The afternoon will see you starting to appreciate the shape and steepness of the ground and how it is represented on your map.

Once we are off the hill we will return to The Adventure Hub. With fresh coffee in hand, we summarise the key learning points from the day's adventure, discuss your progress so far and set some personalised development targets for day two.

Day Two
9:30 - 16:30

The second hill day is over to you, beginning with a route planning task looking at weather forecasts, guidebooks and online resources.

Once we have got you back out on the hill you will strike out on a route of your own devising to practise and consolidate. As you become more confident your instructor will offer you the chance to extend your skills by setting increasingly and suitably challenging targets for you to guide the group to. You will choose a suitable navigation strategy in discussion with your instructor, execute it and reflect on it afterwards. Your fellow group members will use this as an opportunity to track and relocate themselves once you arrive at your destination.

Once we are off the hill you will return to the Adventure Hub for the final time. Here we'll discuss your overall progress in line with the NNAS syllabus and let you know if you have successfully completed the required skills (Should you disagree with the judgement of your instructor or feel you were unfairly treated the whole process is protected by an independent complaints procedure the details of which can be found here  We'll also set you some personalised development targets to get you fulfilling your personal ambitions in the weeks and months to come. Hopefully you will be back for more soon!

  • Standard hillwalking gear including good waterproofs (jackets and trousers)
  • Good quality walking boots/shoes with a good tread
  • Lunch and a good supply of snacks and drinks are necessary
  • Warm clothing including spare layers, gloves and hat
  • Sun cream, hat and sunglasses (You just never know!)
  • We provide maps and have some compasses available to borrow or buy

  • As a Certified B Corp, we’re one of a growing number of global businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance.
  • Our well-equipped training centre, The Adventure Hub, is Carbon Neutral.
  • We encourage car sharing wherever feasible.
  • We encourage the use of public transport on all our courses. Bamford Railway Station is 5 minutes' walk and we enjoy direct bus connections to Sheffield and nearby villages.
  • We offer free camping kit for guests staying locally and looking to cut down on luggage.
  • Our staff are trained to prolong the life of equipment used on this course, where it is possible to recycle equipment at the end of its life, we do so appropriately.
  • We operate in small teams at low ratios to reduce our impact on the venues we use and other countryside users.
  • We donate 5% of the value of all sales to The Pure Outdoor Foundation.



Start time: 09:30 - Finish time: . Please note, these times are approximate and could be subject to minor changes. Please leave plenty of time when booking public transport.

Anyone aged 13 or over can attend any of our scheduled courses with the exception of Mountain Biking and Winter Skills where the minimum age is 18 unless accompanied by a parent.

We hold an AALA license and are able to take out children who are younger than 13, however we only offer this on a private guided basis. See our private guiding rates, as this can work out very competitive, especially when booking as a family. There is no maximum age, if you feel young enough to attend then you are very welcome!

This course is a non-residential course, so we do not provide any accommodation. However there are many amazing places to stay locally. Take a look at our accommodation guide in the info section for more information.

There are currently no course dates listed for this course, please contact us if you are interested and we can let you know when dates will be published.

Our instructors can be booked privately to deliver this course. Benefit from private tuition, pick a date that suits you and your instructor can design the day to suit your needs. You can hire one of our instructors from just £240 inc vat per day. (Click here to book a private course)