1 Day Beginners Navigation Training Course
Edale, Derbyshire - £60 per person, max 6 people
Peak District Navigation Training Course - Beginners
- Sun 18/11/2018
- Sun 10/03/2019
Additional dates 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 explore the great outdoors.
The course is ideal for beginners or those wanting to refresh the basics and will provide time to practise the skills during the course. You'll spend your time in the outdoors with a map and compass around Edale in Derbyshire.
- Understanding maps - Scales, Symbols, Rights of Way, Contours
- The Compass - introduction & simple bearings
- Setting a map (with and without a compass)
- Distances - Measuring and Estimating, Pacing and Timing
- Basic navigation strategies
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
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 practicing skills in whatever weather we have on the day and so will need appropriate clothing. Below is a recommended list:
- 1:25,000 map of The Peak District: Dark Peak Area - OS Explorer Map sheet OL1
- 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), there are a lot for sale online which are not!!
- Appropriate walking clothing to keep you warm on the day (avoid jeans)
- Waterproof jacket
- Waterproof trousers (recommended if chance of rain)
- Spare warm layer (several thin layers are more versatile than 1 thick layer)
- Walking boots
- Warm hat and gloves
- Food, drinks and snacks to keep you going during the day. We'll have a couple of food stops on the hill.
- Personal first aid kit (for minor cuts, blisters, pain relief etc and any personal medication)
- Small rucksack
- Notebook and pen
- Money for an optional visit to the cafe at the end