Mountain Navigation for Beginners - Eskdale, Western Lake District
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Mountain Navigation & Map Reading for Beginners at Eskdale Camping & Caravanning Club Site.

This 2 day course is brought to you in-conjunction with Eskdale Club site in the beautiful surroundings of the western Lake District.

This Mountain Navigation and Map Reading Courses for Beginners is perfect for those new to mountain navigation or for experienced walkers who would like a recognised qualification.

We’ll be following the excellent National Navigational Award Scheme (NNAS) syllabus, which will provide you with a structured approach to learning map and compass skills and will help you establish the basics that are so essential in a competent navigator.


Venue: Eskdale Camp-site is situated in a walkers’ paradise described as one of the loveliest of Lakeland Valleys by Alfred Wainwright, this will be our base for the 2 days. 
To book your stay/ accommodation (minimum of 3 nights ), please contact Eskdale site directly on: 01946 723253.

Accommodation at Eskdale Camp Site includes Camping barn, Pods, tent & motor-homes.


Start Time: Morning 9.30am

Cost: A special rate of £89 per person for the 2 days guiding. Please ring Head to the Hills on 015394 33826 to book.

Assessment for the NNAS bronze Navigator Award is optional and costs £15, including certificate and badge.

Course Dates: 28th & 29th April; 24th & 25th Sept 2014

Course details: Mountain Navigation and Map Reading Course for Beginners is a practical navigation course run in the unspoilt Eskdale Valley in the Lake District National Park.

The guide will provide a warm friendly welcome together with structured expert tuition lots of fun and loads of information throughout the 2 days. Both days will start at 09.30, day one ends at 16.30 and day two ends at 16.00, there will be breaks for drinks and food.

On completion of the course and assessment, you will be able to plan and safely follow walks in the countryside, primarily on paths and tracks, through a sound understanding of map features and route planning. Training and assessment will be completed over the 2 days and those who wish to complete the assessment process will be awarded with the NNAS Bronze Navigator Certificate.

NB: the exact route of our walks maybe weather dependant.

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What’s Included: A warm welcome with expert tuition and guiding throughout the day from our qualified mountain leader & guide.

Not Included: Travel to the venue, meals and accommodation costs.


What to bring:

  • OS Explorer OL6 Map  SW Lakes 1:25,000
  • Harvey’s Lake District British Mountain Map 1:40,000
  • Base-plate Compass
  • Hill Walking clothing
  • Full waterproofs
  • Warm layers
  • Hiking boots
  • Hat & Gloves
  • Packed lunch for both days
  • Drink for both days
  • Rucksack to carry your kit in
  • Notebook and pen (if you want to take notes)


Pre-Requisites: None

Follow On Courses: Mountain Navigation and Map Reading Course for Improver's - NNAS Silver Navigator Award.

Customer Testimonials for Head to the Hills Navigation Courses

'Brilliant views and area for the course with all the appropriate features for the training. Pete did a fantastic job to educate us whilst making it very interesting and challenging. Thanks again, Robert.'

'Really enjoyed the course on Friday - Claire and I will refresh in a couple of months or so, Thanks. Gary'

More Customer Reviews from our Navigation Courses >

For more information about this or any of our courses please ring us for a chat on 015394 33826

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Find out more about the NNAS and Navigation courses in the Lake District >




  • Eskdale Camping and Caravanning Club Site
  • Boot
  • Cumbria
  • United Kingdom
  • CA19 1TH


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