1 Day Beginners Navigation Training Course
Edale, Derbyshire - £60 per person, max 6 people
Peak District Navigation Training Course - Beginners
- Wed 29/05/2019 (4 PLACES)
- Sun 02/06/2019 (FULL)
- Thu 20/06/2019 (3 PLACES)
- Sun 07/07/2019 (6 PLACES)
- Sun 04/08/2019 (5 PLACES)
Additional dates can be added on request.
On this course you will learn the basics necessary to navigate with a map and compass, enabling you to have the confidence to start exploring the great outdoors.
The course is ideal for complete beginners and those wanting to refresh the basics and will provide you with the time to practise your new skills during the course. You'll spend your time in the outdoors with a map and compass around Edale in Derbyshire. Initially the course starts in the valley on easy terrain and will then usually progress onto rougher and slightly more complex moorland.
- Understanding maps - Scales, Symbols, Rights of Way, Contours
- Distances - Measuring and Estimating, Pacing and Timing
- The Compass - introduction & simple bearings
- Setting a map (with and without a compass)
- Basic navigation strategies - The 5 D's: Distance, Direction, Description, Duration, Danger
Course Location & Times
Start 10:00 Edale Car Park, Derbyshire
Meet in the main car park (not railway car park), near the toilet block. I'd recommend paying for 8 hours.
There is a good train service from Manchester/Sheffield. If you want to catch the train arriving just after 10 please let me know.
We aim to finish around 16:00 - 17:00
You're very welcome to join the leader for an optional visit to a cafe and a chance to ask further questions after the course
During the training you will be walking both on and off paths. The morning is likely to take place in the valley on a mixture of good tracks and smaller footpaths and also off paths across grassy fields. In the afternoon we will most likely head up towards Kinder Scout which can be rough in places and includes 1 fairly long hill. The hill up to Kinder is a steady climb of about 400m (1300ft). On Kinder the terrain is open moorland with heather and rough grass. At any time of year there are likely to be some muddy sections and the path becomes rougher and a little rocky in places. When we leave the paths on Kinder the ground is very uneven with potential for hidden bumps and holes under the vegetation.
Recommended Equipment & Clothing
The day will be largely practical, walking in both the lower valleys and up towards Kinder Scout. We will be going off paths in rough or sometimes muddy terrain so walking boots with good ankle support are recommended. You will be standing around whilst practising skills in whatever weather we have on the day and so will need to dress warmer than for a usual walk. Below is a recommended list:
- 1:25,000 map of The Peak District: Dark Peak Area - OS Explorer Map sheet OL1 covering Edale/Kinder. I recommend the waterproof maps which will last much longer, otherwise will also need a waterproof map case.
- Compass (if you want to practise with one) - recommend a Silva Type 4, Suunto A30 or similar. If buying one check it's Northern Hemisphere (NH), degrees and metric scale. There are a lot for sale online which are not!!
- Appropriate walking clothing to keep you warm on the day (no jeans)
- Waterproof jacket
- Waterproof trousers (if could be wet)
- Spare warm layers (several thinner layers are more versatile than 1 thick)
- Walking boots (some areas are rough and uneven and off paths so boots providing good ankle support recommended rather than low cut walking/trail shoes. Boots will also keep your feet drier than walking shoes in boggy area.) No Trainers.
- Warm hat and gloves or sun hat if sunny
- Food, drink and snacks for the day. We will have a couple of food stops whilst out on the hill.
- Personal first aid kit (for minor cuts, blisters, sun cream, pain relief etc and any personal medication)
- Rucksack with waterproof liner/bag
- Notebook and pen
- Money for optional purchases at cafe
- Optional: Walking poles and/or gaiters if you use them