Navigation Course with GPS (2 Days)

Price: £175.00 Per Person (inc VAT)

Location: Peak District

Duration: 2 Days

Ratio: 1:6

Availability: There are places remaining on this course



This unique course combination offers the best of both worlds. One day looking at traditional navigation techniques (the essentials), before spending a day looking at navigating with a GPS and the pro's and con's of doing so.

Day 1


You may not be able to learn the complete art of map reading in one day but we can give it a fair shot with our popular ‘Right Way in a Day’ navigation course . Those of you looking at a day out with a difference, a chance to learn some new skills or just to get some fresh air. We will look into all of the basics of map reading including some basic uses of the compass. A great introduction to the navigation skills you need to get out and about.


This course is suitable for those of you who are seasoned walkers looking for some formal tuition or if you are looking at getting out walking and don't know where to start. This course can be upgraded to the Beginner Navigation 2 day course. The first day is the same.


During the course you will look at:



Day 2


It is finally time to get to grips with your Garmin 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. 


Other brands of GPS are welcome on this course also but the instructors cannot keep on top of every brand, device and model. They can however teach about the interaction with the device and the environment and develop your skills.


This practical course is based from our training centre in Stoney Middleton where we examine some of the theory elements of how the GPS works and the functions. From here we take it outside and into the field on a journey comparing the differences between traditional navigation and that of the GPS, the local vacinity 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.


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 using wireless sharing & paperless geocaching.


Course Content:


Learn how to setup your Garmin 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 demonstrate and discuss the following:

Find out how you can plan routes on your PC

Learn how you can manage GPX files and save on your PC

See how you can send a route to your GPS

Follow a route sent to your GPS from your PC

See a tracklog on your GPS and navigate Backtrack


Courses include free loan of a Garmin Etrex 10 and a 15% discount voucher for Cotswold Outdoor.


None required.


Equipment Required:

Standard hillwalking clothing and boots. Packed lunch.


Available Start Dates:

Peak District Specific Course Information:

Minimum Age

Participants aged 15+ can attend our scheduled courses independently. We offer family days out for kids age 6+, private courses to kids groups from age 9+ and scheduled 'summer camp' courses just for teenagers 13-17. All participants under the age of 18 must bring a completed 'Parental Consent Form' that can be downloaded here.

Frequently Asked Questions

As our instructors and staff are often out on the hill or underground delivering courses, we have put together a detailed FAQ to help you with your queries. Click here to go to the FAQ.


London Train Connection

If necessary it is possible to travel up to the course on a weekend by getting an early train on Saturday morning - more info on our FAQ.

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