activities> peak district navigation courses > Advanced Navigation Assessment (Gold NNAS)
£110.00 per person

Location: Adventure Hub · Peak District

Duration: 1 day

Ratio: 1:4

What you get:

  • Expert Tuition and Assessment
  • Use of all required Navigation equipment
  • Complimentary refreshments
  • Free Parking
  • Personalised feedback and development plan.
  • 10% discount on equipment in our shop
Advanced Navigation Assessment (Gold NNAS)
This is it. The heart is racing, sweat is forming on the brow despite the cold air. The assessor is waiting with brow furrowed. But you have this, you know where you are and how you got here. You want something challenging. You own this Assessment!
  • Get assessed to the Gold NNAS Standard 
  • A one day assessment 
  • Based in the Peak District
Course Overview

A 1-day practical assessment aimed at challenging your navigational skills over a rigorous and technical course.

Your instructor will use their expertise to enable you to demonstrate you full skillset whilst ensuring that the learning journey continues. You will be set suitably challenging navigation objectives on a personalised circuit within the high moorlands of the Dark Peak.

Based at the Adventure Hub in the heart of the Peak District, you will be perfectly situated to launch out onto the high moorland, crags and ridges of the Dark Peak . Your assessor will be seeking out low clouds and heavy rain for that added zing.

This Gold NNAS Assessment Course is specifically for those who have attended the Gold NNAS Training Course. A one day course for those looking to be assessed to the Gold NNAS Standard. Full course briefing given on the training course.

Course Outcomes
  • Utilise the skills and techniques of the Bronze and Silver Awards in the context of Gold National Navigation Award navigation strategies.
  • Utilise contours and fine detail as the prime method of navigation.
  • Accurately: Follow a route, judge distance, check progress against time, use relevant compass skills and maintain continuous map contact.
  • Use back bearings and transits to confirm the current position.
  • Use aspect of slope as an aid to relocation.
  • Select appropriate techniques within an overall navigation strategy.
  • Navigate in intricate terrain in reduced visibility i.e. mist or darkness.
  • Select an appropriate, safe route in relation to height gain and loss, dangerous terrain and other major hazards.
  • Assess the route ahead in the field in relation to prevailing conditions or changing circumstances (e.g. weather, time, daylight, ability/fitness) and re-plan the route appropriately if necessary.
  • Shorten a route, use an escape route and know emergency procedures.
  • Recognise the occurrence of a navigational error within a few minutes and apply appropriate relocation techniques.
  • Select appropriate clothing, equipment and first aid for walking in remote areas in all weather conditions.
  • Understand the physical demands created by hill and moorland terrain in all weather conditions.
  • Understand the effects of cold, heat, fatigue and discomfort on decision making and execution of a selected route.
Course Information


Day One

9:30 - 16:30

Polish the Compass and Iron the Map - Get ready to be challenged...


Your instructor will welcome you and discuss the aims and methods of the assessment and gather an appreciation of your experience and consolidation period.


A brief discussion of what is expected of you during the assessment, safety in the mountains and appropriate planning techniques.


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


The exact location will depend on the weather, aims and abilities of the

group. Our walk location will usually be within 20 minutes drive of The Adventure Hub so we will travel dressed and ready to walk immediately upon arrival.


Your instructor give you the chance to warm up your own skills before upping the ante with opportunities to demonstrate harder skills and navigation targets.

You will be expected to demonstrate strong ability with navigating to and between micro contours. relocation advanced compass techniques including aspect of slope and resections. Your use of appropriate sttrategy and safe and efficient route selection will be appraised also.


Once we are off the hill we will return to the Adventure Hub. With a mug of something hot in hand, we reflect on the days adventure and discuss your overall progress. We cant wait to be impressed by you.

  • Standard hillwalking gear including good waterproofs (Jackets and Trousers)
  • Good quality walking boots/shoes with a good tread
  • A good high powered head torch, Preferably LED with spare batteries
  • A lunch and a good supply of snacks and a drink are also necessary
  • Warm clothing including spares, Gloves and Hat
  • Sun cream, Hat and sunglasses (You just never know)
  • We provide maps and have some compasses available to borrow or buy. Do bring your own compass if you have one
Gold NNAS Training
Start time: 09:30 - Finish time:16:30. Please note, these times areapproximate and could be subject to minor changes. Please leave plenty of time when bookingpublic transport.
As much as many of our instructors are dog lovers, this often isn't suitable if you are booking onto a scheduled course, as we can't guarantee that other members of the group don't have an allergy or problem with dogs. If you do want to bring a pet, we will happily accommodate you if you book a private instructor for you or your group.
Almost all courses begin and end at our base, The Adventure Hub, where you will have access to complimentary tea and coffee. 

We do not provide food as part of our courses and you will need to bring a packed lunch along for each day. There is a cafe on-site that can provide you with sandwiches, cakes and drinks. If you pre-book a lunch with them they will deliver it fresh to our offices first thing each morning. Taste Buds cafe can be reached directly on 01433 208008.

Bookings can be made online or over the phone. All of our courses can be booked in 3 ways:

a) Attend a scheduled course. 

These are open to the public to anyone that meets the pre-requisites. We often advertise many dates for each course, we generally always list 12 months of available dates. This is the most popular and often works out the most cost-effective way of attending our courses.

b) Add a date to our schedule. 

On some courses, we can add extra dates to our schedule, providing you are booking for a certain minimum number of participants, this could be as low as only 2 people. To give us plenty of time to assign staff to your course, you can only add a date to the schedule if it is more than 7 days in advance.

c) Make a private booking.

All of our courses can be booked privately, with a private instructor just for you or your group. This gives you the flexibility to book any date that suits you and also it means the instructor can fine-tune the course content to suit your aspirations. To make a private booking, you just need to fill out a booking request, we will then get back to you with availability and a price. 

d) Book our premium 'Private Booking Plus+' service.

All the benefits of the private booking service, with lots of additional extras including meet & greet at your hotel, luxury picnic hamper including Champagne, digital photo pack, flexible booking arrangements and a pre-activity consultancy to allow your first-class instructor extra time to design your special day. To make a private booking plus+ booking, you just need to fill our a booking request, we will then get back to you with availability and a price. 

We are exceptionally lucky to be located a 5 minute walk from Bamford Train Station on the railway line that links Sheffield to Manchester. This also means we are very easy to get to from London.

We have noticed that the first connecting train from London is often around 09:36am, and courses often start at 09:30am, if you let us know that you are coming in on the train, we will happily delay the course start to suit.

We try to stick to our published course finish times but occasionally conditions on the day mean we overrun slightly. If you are travelling home by train please ensure that you have left sufficient time after the course end time and inform your instructor on the day of your travel plans.
Yes of course, you are welcome to leave anything (luggage) at the training centre during your course with us.
Anyone aged 13 or over can attend any of our scheduled courses, either with or without an accompanying adult.
We do hold an AALA license and are able to take out younger children, 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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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 £199 per day. Click here to book a private course.