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Stockport - Wilmslow - Macclesfield

Introductory Navigation Course
The Course

This 1-day course is an ideal course for those wanting to learn the fundamentals of navigation using a map in easy lowland terrain along tracks and paths (Navigation for Beginners). It is equally suited to those who have already registered and perhaps undertaken the Mountain Training Association (MTA) Lowland Leader training course and who would like a refresher course on the essential skills used in navigation prior to their assessment. This one-day course follows closely the National Navigation Award Scheme at Bronze level (NNAS Bronze Award) and it is possible to register for the complete 2-day course and hence gain a qualification in navigation that is recognised by the MTA. In this case the second day will cover additional aspects of navigation and knowledge of the Countryside Code and will include a relatively short assessment and endorsement of the qualification. This introductory course should therefore provide you with the confidence necessary to undertake a journey through lowland countryside using the map alone travelling along paths and tracks. Throughout the course there will be ample opportunity to ask questions and clarify any issues that you are unsure about. Aspects of navigation that includes poor visibility but particularly darkness are covered in a short but independent course of about 3 hours duration. (see Night Navigation Course).

Equipment to bring

You should bring with you small rucksack containing some spare clothing and sufficient food and drink for the day, as dictated by the weather. Please bring maps of the area if you have them (although laminated maps will be provided on the day as will a compass - see Equipment under Essential Info).

What you will learn

Typically the day is driven by the basic navigational skills necessary to undertake a journey safely in lowland countryside. On completion of the course you should be able to * navigate using a variety of maps, scales and symbols * orientate the map using obvious land features or using a compass * use linear features such as paths, tracks, walls, fences, streams as handrails * relate prominent landforms e.g. hills, ridges, valleys to corresponding contour features on the map * use features on a route to confirm your position and to recognise when you have gone wrong * basic strategies on how to relocate when lost * four and six figure grid references * use an orientated map to confirm the direction of travel * measure horizontal distance on the map and estimate distance on the ground by pacing, timing and visual judgement * For those undertaking the two-day NNAS course you should * have a knowledge of the Countryside Code * be aware of access issues * demonstrate appropriate knowledge of walking equipment, safety equipment and emergency procedures * plan and implement routes and navigation strategies based on the skills covered in day 1 *

Course ratio : 1 : 6
Venue : Peak District (Lyme Park/Rainow /Bollington)
Duration : 1 or 2-days (10:00 – 16:00 approx)
Cost per person :-
Introductory Navigation 1-day Course £50
Introductory Navigation 2-day Course £120 (this includes the cost of the NNAS certificate)
Meeting Point: Poynton Coppice Car Park, Higher Poynton

If you require any further information about this course then contact Ron directly by phone or email:
M : 07508 035038

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Outside Education offers a progressive range of navigational courses under summer and winter conditions, in both lowland and mountainous terrain, for large and small groups as well as individuals and bespoke groups. For further details contact Ron directly.
Course Dates


1-day Course
Sat 13 April
Sat 11 May
Sat 8 June

2-day Course
Sat/Sun 13/14 April
Sat/Sun 11/12 May
Sat/Sun 8/9 June

If you have a particular day in mind outside of the above course dates then just call or email Ron with your requirements.
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