activities > peak district navigation courses > Beginner Navigation Course (Bronze NNAS)
£149.00 per person

Location: Adventure Hub · Peak District

Duration: 2 Days

Ratio: 1:8

Prices include:

  • Complimentary refreshments
  • Free parking
  • Maps
  • Loan of a compass
  • Course Pack and Personal development plan
  • 10% discount on equipment in our shop

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

This 2-day practical Peak District Navigation Course will equip you with transferable skills to get you out and about in the popular walking areas of the UK. Aimed at beginners looking to undertake self-guided walks in the hills, our beginner navigation course offers a thorough introduction to land 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 our upland environment.  

Run from our well-appointed training centre in the Peak District, you’re perfectly situated both for the high moorland and ridges of the Dark Peak and the beautiful valleys of the White Peak. After a short theory session covering Equipment, Maps, Grid References, Scales and Rights of Way we head outside to work on pacing and timing. Once on the hill we introduce the compass to set the map and check direction.  

The second hill day it's over to you, beginning with a planning session looking at weather forecasts, guidebooks and online resources, you'll then strike out on a route of your own devising to practice and consolidate. This day also includes a short appraisal of your new skills. 

To conclude, your experienced Pure Outdoor instructor will advise you on next steps and suggest ideal venues for progression. 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, check direction and follow bearings 
  • Choose appropriate navigation strategies 
  • Learn effective relocation techniques
  • Complete the Bronze NNAS Syllabus
Course Information
Your instructor will welcome you to our base, The Adventure Hub, and outline the objectives for the day, ensuring everyone has suitable kit for a day in the hills. After a brief theory session looking at maps, scales, Rights of Way, weather and emergency equipment we will head out to our venue for the day which will be chosen on the basis of weather conditions, along with the experience and ambitions of the group as a whole. 

We will either strike out from our centre on foot or drive around 15 minutes to an alternative start point. We'll then work our way through the planned syllabus at a comfortable pace. 

After lunch on the hill we'll bring your new skills together to cover longer distances incorporating various navigational strategies, hazard identification and relocation methods. 

At the end of the day we return to The Adventure Hub for refreshments and to review the day's key points. This is your opportunity to discuss next steps and draw up an action plan with your instructor. Both days will follow a similar format.
Standard outdoor walking clothing, rucksack, waterproofs may be required, a packed lunch, map and compass can be provided.
No prior experience required.
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.
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.
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!
The table below outlines our daily private guiding costs for Peak District based activities. Please note that under 16's go free with a paying adult. So a family of 2 adults and 2 under 16's would simply pay the rate for 2 participants.

Participants | Cost (per person, per day)

1 | £199
2 | £115
3 | 85
4 | 70
5 | 65
6| 62.50
7 | 60
8 | 57.50
9-19 | 55
20+ | 52
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.
It is essential that you let us know about any medical condition or injury when booking and that you also let your instructor know on the starting day of your course. This information will remain completely confidential but is essential to allow us to tailor our activities to suit you and to ensure the safety of other group members.

We get lots of questions about our navigation course and people are often asking which one is most suitable. We tend to point a lot of people at our Beginner Navigation Course as it is a great starting point. 

To make life easier for you, we have also designed a course comparison table to help you choose the best course for you and to help you find out what you may learn!

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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.