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Map Reading for Mature Walkers

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Map Reading for Mature Walkers
At Peak Navigation Courses we are seeing an increasing number of “mature” walkers attending our map reading and navigation courses. People come into walking for various reasons, some are taking it up in retirement, others come via the “walks for health” programme though many have walked as part of a group for many years but have always followed others and now want to plan and follow their own routes. Whatever your reason for wanting to learn to read a map and navigate, Peak Navigation Courses have a course to suit you. This is why we are introducing a course specifically for mature walkers who want to enjoy walking paths and lanes at a slower pace rather than crossing open moorland.

Map Reading for Mature Walkers is a one day course that starts with the very basics though by the end of the day aims to leave you confident to plan a route and follow it using a range of map reading and navigation techniques including using a compass.
The course is based in the …

Learn Map Reading and Navigation in The Peak District

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Learn Map Reading and Navigation in The Peak District
Whether you are a seasoned walker, a complete novice or someone who has for years followed others, Peak Navigation Courses have a course for you!
For the past ten years we have been delivering training from our base in The Peak District and occasionally further afield in the mountains of Snowdonia and The Lake District.
Entry Level: Most people come for the one day 1st Steps to Map Reading and Navigation Course. It doesn’t matter if you are a complete novice or have some experience, this course starts with the very basics and leaves you able to cross easy open moorland using a compass. A great day out.
National Navigation Awards: Some come to us wanting to gain an award under the National Navigation Awards Scheme. We highly recommend that adults can come straight in at Silver level not needing to have gained a Bronze Award first. This is a 2 day course and can be achieved either in a weekend or two days spread out over different weekends…

Map Reading and Navigation Courses in The Peak District

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Peak Navigation Courses, Autumn programme 2014
1st Steps to Map Reading and Navigation (Silver NNAS Day 1) Our “entry level” course suitable for the novice or those with plenty of experience who want to learn properly to navigate through fields and easy open moorland using a map and compass. (This course also forms day 1 of our Silver National Navigation Award Courses and is undertaken with “Moving onto Moorland” to complete the award).  Based from Foolow in The Peak District, a one day course costing £40.
Dates: Saturday 6th September Saturday 11th October Saturday 25th October Saturday 8th November Sunday 23rd November


Moving onto Moorland (Silver NNAS Day 2) This course is for more experienced navigators who already understand how to use a map and compass but want to progress onto moorland. The course introduces “micro” navigation techniques such as pacing and timing on a compass bearing. (This course also forms day 2 of our Silver National Navigation Award Courses when undertaken with “1st S…

Hill Skills Courses in The Peak District

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Hill Skills Courses in The Peak District
Peak Navigation Courses have been accredited by Mountain (Leader) Training to provide the new Hill and Mountain Skills Courses.
Hill Skills will be run at weekends from our base in The Peak District, the weekends of 17th & 18th Mayand 18th & 19th October. These are non-residential courses and cost £85, (though in addition you will need to register with Mountain Training for an additional cost of £20).
The Hill Skills Course will teach you:  To read a map and navigate;  How to Plan a Walk; About equipment and clothing for hill walking;  The effects of weather in the hills; About the upland environment;  and  How to deal with emergencies.

Day 1Saturday We meet at 9.30am in the village of Foolow, using the village hall as our base for the day.
After a short indoor session learning about maps and navigation we go out for a walk practising map reading and navigation techniques and relating the map to features on the ground.
A working lunch back in th…

Mountain Skills Course – 2nd May Bank Holiday Weekend 24th, 25th and 26th May

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Mountain Skills Course   – 2nd MayBank Holiday Weekend 24th, 25th and 26th May
There’s quite a lot to cram into a weekend Mountain Skills Course, so we at Peak Navigation Courses are seizing the opportunity to spread the course over three days and ensure that course participants get the most from the course.


Based in Keswick, The Lake District, we have planned the following:
Saturday The course starts at 10.00am with introductions and a indoor session about navigation. We then go out for a walk where we put our navigation skills into practice, identifying “contour” features, walking on a compass bearing and learn a bit about pacing and timing. We’ll move onto some steeper ground and look at techniques for safe movement on steep ground and easy scrambling.
Mid afternoon we return to Keswick and have a session in a local equipment shop discussing and comparing different makes, models, etc. followed by tea and cake!
We then return for a final session looking at equipment to carry, weather and …

Hill Skills and Mountain Skills Courses

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Hill Skills and Mountain Skills Courses
Mountain Training (formally Mountain Leader Training) are about to launch two new awards: Hill Skills and Mountain Skills.Peak Navigation Courses have been chosen as one of the first organizations to run these courses on behalf of Mountain Training.

Unlike the other awards which are about leading others, Hill Skills and Mountain Skills areabout personal competence so that those new to Hill Walking and Mountain Walking can learn the basics of being safe in the hills or mountains, from qualified professionals .
Both Hill Skills and Mountain Skills courses can be delivered over a weekend.For Hill Skills, Peak Navigation Courses will run these in the hills of the Peak District.For Mountain Skills, we believe that this course can only be delivered in genuinely mountainous areas so we will run these courses in The Lake District.
Hill Skills and Mountain Skills are aimed at those who are either new to walking in the hills and mountains or those who have ju…