07535 571 543 | Book Now Blog

At A Glance

Distance: Average 3-5 miles
Ascent: Average 400 metres
Duration: 8 hours
Group Ratio: 1:6
Price: £65.00 per person

Why choose this course?

  • Learn the basic fundamentals of mountain navigation in just one day
  • Find out all about map reading, pacing, timings, and compass skills
  • Practical course with real-life situations in the mountains
  • Master the skills needed to navigate off the marked paths and be more adventurous with your route planning
  • This course is ideal for beginners with no navigation experience and also suitable for those who want to refresh their skills

Why Choose Snowdon Walks?

  • All our courses are led and taught by fully qualified, experienced and knowledgeable instructors
  • We specialise in organising mountain skill courses and walks – the mountains is our passion and we love nothing more than sharing this with you
  • Our courses are run and taught in a fun, friendly and relaxed atmosphere
  • We make sure that everything from booking your course to learning is as stress free and enjoyable as possible

Book Introduction to Mountain Navigation

Searching Availability...

Event Description

This one-day course takes you through the fundamentals of basic mountain navigation and core techniques for planning a route. This course is ideal for anyone wanting to learn map reading, using a compass and gain the skills needed to competently and confidently navigate in the mountains.


Dates for 2017


  • Saturday 11th March 2017 (fully booked)
  • Saturday 8th April 2017 (fully booked)
  • Saturday 13th May 2017 (fully booked)
  • Friday 19th May 2017 (fully booked)
  • Saturday 10th June 2017 (2 remaining)
  • Saturday 8th July 2017 (2 remaining)
  • Saturday 12th August 2017
  • Saturday 9th September 2017


Course overview


Using a map and compass and being able to navigate confidently are essential skills for any hillwalker. After this course you will be able to navigate proficiently, safely undertake more adventurous mountain walks, tackle routes away from marked paths, and get more out of your time exploring the UK’s high and wild places.


Course content


You will meet your group and instructor for a short navigational theory lesson before heading outside in to the mountains to learn the practical elements of mountain navigation.


We start with the basics and gradually introduce new techniques as the course progresses. The course begins navigating on marked paths and mastering the fundamentals. When your confidence grows you will head to more baron and featureless ground and learn some advanced techniques and also skills such as keeping track of your progress, relocation and dealing with navigational errors.


The skills will be taught in a fun way with lots of practical exercises, demonstrations and scenarios to ensure you master the key principles and become a confident navigator in the mountains.   You will be in a small group of no more than six and one instructor. We encourage you to work as a team and also as individuals to make the day as fun and interesting as possible.


Key concepts you will learn:


  • Navigation theory: maps, compasses and navigation principles
  • Get to know your map: maps, grid system, grid references, map symbols, scales and features
  • Distance: measuring distances, micro-navigation, pacing and timing
  • Navigation techniques: setting the map, contour interpretation, handrails, distance
  • Using the compass: bearings, walking on a bearing, aiming off
  • Planning a route: The 5 Ds and the 5 What’s, navigational strategy, hazard awareness and escape routes


Course pre-requisites 


No prior navigation experience is required for this course. You are expected to have a good level of fitness and be able to walk over rough terrain, boggy ground and ascend smaller mountains. You will need to wear and bring appropriate hillwalking clothing which will be outlined in the course information email. Compass and maps will be provided.


Booking information


Spaces on this course are available on a first-come, first-served basis. We require a 35% deposit to reserve a place and the remaining balance is due 4 weeks prior to the course. All the course information will be emailed to you once your place has been confirmed. This will include all the details you need, including start and finish times, location details, parking information, and what you need to prepare and bring with you.


To book a place, select your chosen date on the calendar above and click ‘Book Now’


  • What our clients say...

    “From a complete novice not knowing how to read a grid reference, to being able to map contour lines of surrounding terrain and navigate to a specified point. This is all down to the skills of the course instructor. Loved the tips given from plant life to kit. Thank you”

    Nicola Jennings
  • What our clients say...

    “I would highly recommend the navigation course to anyone wishing to go out exploring.I feel that I now have more confidence to plan my own routes and hopefully get out of trouble should the need arise.”

    Beverly Richards
  • What our clients say...

    “Great delivery and very relaxed atmosphere, the course gave everything I expected and more!”

    Nigel Harris
  • What our clients say...

    “A thoroughly informative and enjoyable day, I would highly recommend Snowdon Walks to to anyone who is thinking of attending one of their courses.”

    Jan Knurek
  • What our clients say...

    “An excellent day, really helpful and a well delivered course. Very enjoyable.”

    Craig Beaver
  • What are our clients say...

    I found the course excellent on all points. An extremely knowledgeable and helpful instructor; very patient and I learnt a lot of useful tools and tips. I will definitely be signing up for more adventures and already recommending Snowdon Walks to friends and family … well done Snowdon Walks!

    Stephen Doughty
  • What our clients say...

    Having attended two courses with Snowdon Walks I would encourage anyone who is “thinking about it” to take the plunge and have a go. The instruction is second to none, the courses are thorough and the knowledge and confidence I gained is invaluable. I have had two great experiences with Snowdon Walks in 2016 and have two more planned for next year. I would not hesitate in recommending Snowdon Walks to anyone wanting to learn new skills, polish old skills or just have a great time in Snowdonia.

    Jim Steele
  • What our clients say...

    The course was well run and the instructor was very patient with us as novices. She made sure we understood before moving onto something new. I was a little apprehensive as I get confused with directions and could get lost in my own garden, but at the end of the course I felt confident to go out alone.

    Margaret Shannon
Back To Top