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NNAS 2 Day Navigation Course - Silver

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Friday 3rd to Saturday 4th April 2020

Bookings Open
Friday 13th December 2019
Bookings Close
Wednesday 1st April 2020
Booking Fees
Booking Fee   £100.00   
Course Organiser - Nicola

Navigation Techniques (Silver Award for the NNAS) - 3rd & 4th April 2020


2 Day Basic Navigation Techniques (Silver Award for the NNAS)
Date: 3rd and 4th April 2020


What to expect

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

You will be crossing open fell, for short durations and this will not be on paths.  Having said this we will travel very slowly over this ground and ensure the safety of participants.  We will mostly only be walking over grassey tussocks, boggy area and occasional rocky sections which will not be technical, but will be off path.

What will you learn?

    • Utilise the skills and techniques of the Bronze Award in the context of Silver Award navigation strategies.
    • Relate small hills, small valleys, prominent re-entrants and prominent spurs to their corresponding map contours. Use prominent hills, ridges, spurs and valleys as a means of navigation in good visibility.
    • Use landforms and point features to orientate the map and as collecting and catching features.
    • Use a compass to: Accurately follow a bearing; aim off; check the direction of handrails and other linear features.
    • Deviate briefly from a compass bearing to avoid obstacles or difficult terrain and accurately regain the original line.
    • Use back bearings to check route following accuracy.
    • Measure distance on the ground in varied, open terrain using timing and pacing and make practical allowances for any discrepancies.
    • Simplify legs using coarse navigation, attack points and fine navigation.
    • Recognise dangerous or difficult terrain on map and ground.
    • Plan and implement navigational strategies based on the above skills.
    • Maintain route finding accuracy in poor visibility or darkness.
    • Recognise a navigation error within a few minutes and apply appropriate relocation techniques.
    • Understand how personal fitness and nature of terrain affect route choice both at the planning stage and on the ground.
    • Understand the potential consequences of fatigue and physical discomfort in demanding terrain and/or extreme weather conditions.
    • Select appropriate clothing, equipment and first aid items for walking in open country in all weather conditions.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the Countryside Code, current access legislation and the environmental impact of walkers on the countryside.
    • Understand the responsibilities of walkers towards other countryside interests such as farming, forestry and conservation.

    What are the benefits?
  • Gain a deeper understanding on how to use a map & compass in order to navigate a chosen route in difficult conditions, across different scales of maps and over difficult terrain.
  • Grow your confidence to take people further afield, but with-in your qualification's perimeter's
  • Gain a Silver 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 breathtaking routes

Who is it for?

Fell Walkers, espicially those wishing to up into the mountains, Nordic Walkers who wish to go exploring without a guide & Nordic Instructors. Road & Trail runners new to navigation who wish to epxlore new routes.

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

It is not a requirement to have the Bronze NNAS in order to participate on this 2 day course, although if you do not already have this certificate and are unsure if to attend Bronze or Silver level, please contact our instructor, Nicola to discuss you experience in Navigation.

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 Silver Award certificate, assuming you demonstrate a good understanding of the 2 days of learning & application

Course Program

Date: Friday/Saturday 3/4 April 2020

Arrival Time: 15:15 Friday & 08:30 Saturday

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

Details: There is parking on the King George Playing Field 1 minutes drive north along the A591 for £3 per day


  • 12:15 - Meet and greet with Tea, Coffee and pastries
  • 12:30 - 1 Hour out in the valley, confirming existing skills and recap of Bronze NNAS skills, assessing participants navigation level
  • 13:30 - 2 Hour theory session with a 30 minute break for lunch in way through
  • 16:00 - Around 4.5 hours on the hill with a break for food en route
  • 20:00 - Back to base for 30 mins debrief of the day, finish 20:30 approximately, if the weather is very clear and visability is good, we may stay out a little longer so navigate in darkness


  • 08:30 Meet tea/coffee/pastries
  • 08:45 2 hours theory session
  • 10:45 brief brew break
  • 11:00 4 hour sesison out on the hill
  • 15:30 Return to base for debrief, finish 16:00

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
  • 1 spare emergency jacket that should not be used
  • Rucksack to hold all your kits AND with  a tiny bit of space in it for us all to share out the emergency kit which i will arrange i.e. space for example for a shelter or the first aid or the winter bivi... 
  • 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
  • Headtorch
  • Lunch, day-food & a water flask & a hot drink flask

Meet your coach

Nicky Sproson: Your navigation expert

Nicola is the inspiration behind Nics Nordic Walks, as well as being a qualified Mountain Leader, Nic has navigated her way around on the Mountain Marathon scene in the Lakes and Scotland also.  As well as guiding her Nordic Walking group up and all over the Lakelnad fells on a weekly basis, Nic take herself navigating in all conditions to keep nav skills fresh and at her finger tips.

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. Beech House. Great B&B right in the centre of Glenridding, preferential rates if you mention Nics Nordic Walks when speaking to Lynn, she will look after you very well!
  4. Crookabeck B&B Typical farmhouse B&B, 2 twin or double rooms, and sitting room area also, super friendly and preferential rates for our clients when you speak to Adam.
  5. Inn on the Lake. Great hotel right in the centre of Glenridding, contact if you would like us to obtain you preferntial rates at the hotel

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 £3 all day car park on the King George Field just north of the school - 30 second drive
  • Walk back through cricket field and church yard to come out at the school

Cost: £100 

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