Advanced Navigation Assessment (Gold NNAS)

Navigation assessment to the Gold NNAS standard in the Peak District


If you have previously completed a two day Gold NNAS training course then this one day assessment will give you the opportunity to gain the full Gold level certification.

Advanced Navigation Assessment (Gold NNAS)

Price : £110.00 per person

Location : Peak District

Duration : 1 day

Ratio : 1:4

What's Included :
  • Expert tuition and assessment
  • Use of all required navigation equipment
  • Complimentary refreshments
  • Free parking
  • Personalised feedback and development plan
  • 5% discount on equipment in our shop

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  • Get assessed to the Gold NNAS standard
  • A one day assessment
  • Based in the Peak District

Course Overview

A one day practical assessment for those looking to be certified to the Gold NNAS Standard. Expect your navigation skills to be tested over a rigorous and technical course. Your instructor will use their expertise to enable you to demonstrate your full skillset whilst ensuring that your learning journey continues.

Based at The Adventure Hub in the heart of the Peak District national park you will be perfectly situated to launch out into the high moorlands of the Dark Peak for a personalised circuit of suitably challenging navigation targets.

Please note that the National Navigation Award Scheme has recently changed the syllabus for the Gold Award. This one day assessment is only available to people who have previously completed the original two day Gold level training course. After December 2020 this separate assessment course will be discontinued.

Anyone wishing to gain the Gold level qualification who hasn't already completed a training course will need to register on the new syllabus course which covers both training and assessment over a two day period. This is available to book on our website.

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


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 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.


You will be expected to demonstrate strong ability to navigate using contour features and fine detail as your primary source of information. Other techniques including using aspect of slope to aid in relocation, back bearings and transits will also be tested. At all times you will be expected to use a combination of skills to select a safe and efficient route.


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 day's 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 lunch, a good supply of snacks and a drink
  • 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, do bring your own compass if you have one
Gold NNAS Training


Start time: 09:30 - Finish time: 16:30. Please note, these times are approximate and could be subject to minor changes. Please leave plenty of time when booking public 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.
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.

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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.