Night Navigation Skills Course

Learn to find your way after dark on this Night Navigation Skills Course


Why sprint for home when you can reach for the headtorch? Ending the adventure early because of dwindling light will be a thing of the past with this Night Navigation Skills Course.

Night Navigation Skills Course

Location : Peak District

Duration : half day

Ratio : 1:6

Minimum age : 13

What's Included :
  • Expert tuition
  • Use of all required navigation equipment
  • Complimentary refreshments
  • Free parking
  • 5% of sales go to The Pure Outdoor Foundation

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  • Learn to move and navigate safely over remote ground at night
  • Transfer your navigation skills to the mountains under darkness
  • Make your adventures unlimited by daylight hours

Course Overview

As the sun sets the challenge really kicks in. If conditions are in your favour then the moon and stars will ease you into the journey but the most memorable nights provide swirling mists, confusing shadows and an ever growing seed of doubt.

By building on your existing navigation skills you can learn to fight the darkness and accurately hit your navigation targets with confidence. These courses start in the late afternoon as the sun is dipping below the horizon to give you plenty of practise out in the hills. Don't forget the spare head torch!

Course Outcomes

  • Develop your night navigation skills
  • Confidently navigate away from tracks and paths in poor visibility
  • Choose appropriate night navigation strategies
  • Learn effective relocation techniques

Course Information


16:30 - 22:00

Get ready to learn everything you need to navigate safely and confidently during a fun and informative evening that will focus on boosting your confidence and developing your night navigation technique.

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

A brief theory session introducing and refreshing some key skills and discussing key strategies that are relevant to night navigation. Safety in the hills at night will underpin this session.

You'll need to collect maps and compasses and check that your head torches are charged and ready to go.

The exact location will depend on the weather and the aims and abilities of the group. It will usually be within 15 minutes drive of The Adventure Hub. We will travel dressed and ready to walk immediately upon arrival.

Your instructor will demonstrate key basic practical skills and give you the chance to practise before progressing to harder skills and navigation targets. You'll learn how to walk on a bearing at night with the use of a headtorch along with considering how to absorb and reflect on clues experienced in your immediate journey. How to use the gradient of the ground to navigate and relocation techniques will also be covered.

As you become more confident your instructor will offer you the chance to consolidate your skills by giving you a remote and suitably challenging target for you to guide the group to. You will get chance to battle the butterflies as the doubt creeps in. Stick to your guns and take stock of your journey and you will arrive on target and not a moment too soon.

Once we are off the hill we will return to The Adventure Hub. Here we'll discuss your progress so far and set you some personalised development targets.

  • Standard hillwalking gear including good waterproofs (jackets and trousers)
  • Good quality walking boots/shoes with a good tread
  • A good supply of snack foods and a drink
  • A good high powered head torch, preferably LED with spare batteries
  • Warm clothing including spares layers, gloves and hat
  • We provide maps and have some compasses available to borrow or buy, do bring your own compass if you have one
A solid foundation in walking and navigating across open moorland. If you have a history of walking back to the car in the dark then we cant wait to hear about your previous epics.

  • 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: - 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!

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