£89.00 per person

Location: Adventure Hub · Peak District

Duration: 1 day

Ratio: 1:6

What you get:

  • Free GPS loan
  • Complimentary Refreshments
  • Free Parking
  • Course pack and personal development plan
  • 10% discount on equipment in our shop
GPS Navigation Course
Are you more Kindle than Hardback? MP3 over CD? Come and get techy with satelites and gizmos on a GPS navigation course. Map work underpins everything we do and is an essential skill to have but the 'beep beep' of rapid satelite acquisition is hard to beat. - its only logical!
  • Understand your GPS with excellent tuition.
  • Learn to plan route and transfer between units and computers.
  • Become a confident navigator.
Course Overview

It is finally time to get to grips with your GPS on a Pure Outdoor GPS Navigation Course. 

This course is aimed at those of you who are considering buying a GPS or already own a GPS unit and are looking at getting the best from a GPS unit. This practical course is based from our training centre in the Peak District where we examine some of the theory elements of how the GPS works and the functions. From here we take it outside and onto the hill as we navigate, comparing the differences between traditional navigation and that of the GPS, the local vicinity to the outdoors from our base means we can re-visit the centre in the afternoon and look at how to get your GPS interacting with a computer and vice versa. 

Course Outcomes
  • How to setup your GPS correctly 
  • Find out what the various pages show 
  • Understand what the buttons & keys tell us 
  • Learn how to name, change location coordinates and enter waypoints 
  • Navigate Goto's and go find hidden Geocaches 
  • Learn how you can navigate to a selected point on the map page It is difficult to cater for all computer types and GPS devices but we will try and discuss how your GPS works with your computer
Course Information


9:30 - 16:30

Get ready to explore the world of GPS navigation aong side traditional navigation methods.


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 the fundamentals of GPS units and how they work, their benefits and their limitations and discussing key strategies that are relevant to GPS navigation. Safety in the hills will underpin this session.


You'll need to collect maps and compasses and check that your GPS are fully charged and get ready to go. 


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. 


Your instructor will demonstrate key basic practical skills and give you the chance to get your eye in before upping the anti- with harder skills and navigation targets.

The aim of the day is that you will leave the course with the skills to navigate using a GPS confidently using waypoints, routes and tracks, and understand how you can use software to buy additional maps, send user data like routes & trails to/from your device, manage data files and become involved in the growing sport of Geocaching.Learn traditional and modern navigation techniques.


Once we are off the hill we will return to the Adventure Hub. Here we'll look further into the GPS functionality for route planning and recording and compatibility with computers. Your instructor will then discussion a personalised progression plan with you to suit your aspirations.

  • Standard hillwalking gear including good waterproofs (Jackets and Trousers)
  • Good quality walking boots/shoes with a good tread
  • Your GPS unit plus batteries/full charge (we do have some to borrow and experiment with)
  • A good supply of snackable foods and a drink are also necessary.
  • Warm clothing including spares, Gloves and Hat.
  • We provide maps and have some compasses available to borrow or buy. Do bring your own compass if you have one.
Some navigation experience required to understand the principles. If you really are in the dark, consider also doing the 'Right Way in a Day' course, which always runs on the day before this GPS course.
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.
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!
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.

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. 

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.
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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.