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2 Day Basic Navigation Techniques (Bronze Award for the NNAS)

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Saturday 30th to Sunday 31st March 2019

Bookings Open
Monday 8th October 2018
Bookings Close
Thursday 28th March 2019
Booking Fees
Booking Fee   £150.00   
Course Organiser - Charles Sproson

Navigation Techniques (Bronze Award for the NNAS) - 30th & 31st March 2019


2 Day Basic Navigation Techniques (Bronze Award for the NNAS)
Date: 30th and 31st March 2019

What to expect

A professionally designed and delivered course by Mountain Run for Nics Nordic Walks. Over the 2 days you will delve into Navigation like you never have before, pouring over maps, unlocking the code, planning routes and getting some proper 'practical' training in.

If you demonstrate the correct understanding after 2 days intensive training and assessment, then you will walk away with a NNAS Bronze Certificate and will be able to use this to either gain your Silver Award or put it towards a Mountain Leader Training course.

What will you learn?

  • How to read a map, understand contours & features
  • How to use a compass in conjunction with your map
  • How to orientate your map
  • How to relate land features around you accurately to your map
  • How to use features along your chosen route to identify your location at any given moment
  • How to set a bearing
  • How to re-locate, should you become miss-placed (we don't like to say lost!)
  • How to use timing and pacing in order to find your chosen control point/location
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the Countryside Code, knowledge of what equipment is suitable for the fells and emergency procedures that are relevant
  • How to plan a route
  • Some safe navigational techniques
  • Identify hazards

 What are the benefits?

  • Gain a deeper understanding on how to use a map & compass in order to navigate a chosen route, across different scales of maps.
  • Grow your confidence to take people further afield, but with-in your qualification's perimeter's
  • Gain a bronze NNAS certificate to show you have the skills (continued personal development)
  • Use this course to help you gain your Walking Leader Qualification (It will set you on the right track, giving you a good understanding of navigation, not give you the course work or qualification)
  • Increase your earning potential by being able to plan breath taking routes

Who is it for?

Nordic Walkers & Nordic Instructors. Road & Trail runners new to navigation.

This is an entry-level course into navigation for personal development & will give you a NNAS (National Navigation Award Scheme) Bronze Award, assuming you are able to demonstrate a good understanding and application of the skills being learnt on the course.

No qualifications are needed in order to participate on this 2 day course.

What's included?

  • A map of the local area we are to use
  • The location is Patterdale School
  • Tea/Coffee & Cake at the event location
  • Notes for you to take away, as there is always a lot to absorb
  • A NNAS Bronze Award certificate, assuming you demonstrate a good understanding of the 2 days of learning & application

Course Program

Date: Saturday/Sunday 30th/31st March 2019

Arrival Time: 08:30 Saturday & 08:00 Sunday

Meeting place: Patterdale Junior School, Patterdale, Penrith CA11 0NL



  • 08:30 - Meet and greet with Tea, Coffee and pastries
  • 08:45 - Around 2 hours theory in the morning
  • 10:45 - Quick break for more refreshments
  • 11:00 - Around 4.5 hours on the hill
  • 16:30 - Back to base for quick debrief of the day


  • 08:00 - Meet and greet with Tea, Coffee and Pastries
  • 08:15 - Around 2 hours theory in the morning
  • 10:15 - Quick break for more refreshments
  • 10:45 - Around 4.5 hours on the hill
  • 16:00 - Back to base for quick debrief of the day


The course is based around the fells of the Patterdale Valley, this could be either side. Conditions dependant.


What to bring

  • Compass
  • Harvey/BMC 1:40'000 map of the Lake District and Ordnance Survey 1:25'000 OL5 Map
  • Full waterproof cover (Jacket and Pants), these must be taped seems, please call to discuss if you're not sure
  • Clothing suitable for the countryside & time of year - We will not be moving quickly, so please account for that in your clothing selection. - remember it is a 2-day course, so you will need clothing for 2 days
  • 1 spare warm top, not cotton please. Wool or synthetic will be fine
  • Spare clothing for day 2, should your day 1 clothing get wet
  • Suitable footwear for wet ground, preferably off road/walking/running shoes
  • Hat & Gloves x 2
  • Lunch, day-food & a water flask

Meet your coach

Charlie Sproson: Your navigation expert

Charlie is the main man behind Mountain Run, as well as being the Race Director of Lakes Sky Ultra & Scafell Sky Race. See our About Us page to find out more.


We recommend:

  1. Helvellyn YHA. You can request 'full board' at £37.50 per night, for a meal when you arrive, breakfast in the morning & a packed lunch to take out on the fell!. Mountain Run recommends this option, for hearty English cuisine, good surroundings & excellent Lakeland views only a stones throw from our Mountain Run HQ
  2. Patterdale YHA same as above and closer to the Patterdale School course location
  3. Glenridding Hotel. Great hotel right in the centre of Glenridding
  4. Inn on the Lake. Great hotel right in the centre of Glenridding

How to get to the course

  • Drive to Patterdale via the A592 (either from the South [Kirkstone Pass] or the North [Junc 40 M6/Penrith]
  • Park in the carpark just opposite the Patterdale Hotel - Pay & Display - there is also free parking available at the school
  • Patterdale Junior School is 200m North of the Pay & Display Carpark

Cost: £150 

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