Basic Navigation Course (L1)

Basic Navigation Course (L1)

£95.00 per person

The Basic Navigation Course from Original Outdoors is designed to give you confidence in your own abilities to plan and follow a route along paths and trails anywhere in the U.K.

24th-25th November 2018 – FULLY BOOKED
6th-7th April 2019 – PLACES AVAILABLE

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Course Description

Basic Navigation Course

Two-Day Basic Navigation courses held in North Wales

£95.00 per person

Navigation is one of the most important survival skills for the U.K. Knowing how to find your way safely through our landscape can mean the difference between getting home safely and a cold night on the mountain (or worse). It’s not just about carrying a map and compass at all times – it’s about knowing how to use them, how to plan a route and what to do when things go wrong. The aim of this course is to get you to the point where you can plan and walk a route anywhere in the UK following footpaths and linear features.

This course covers the basics of navigation and is suitable for complete novices, and is also suitable for a refresher for somebody who has previously been on a course. The course is led by an experienced instructor from a mountain rescue background and is run in a relaxed, structured way.
We have been running this course for several years with clients from every background. The majority of students on this course are hikers and hillwalkers, but the content is also suitable for mountain bikers, runners, bushcrafters and paddlers.

Please see below for full course content.

This course is also listed as the Level One Basic Land Navigation course – part of a series of structured navigation training courses under the EST Framework. It follows the same syllabus and structure.

The course takes place in the hills of the Clwydian Range AONB, near the market towns of Ruthin and Mold. The course runs 10:00am-5:00pm on the first day and 9:00am-3:00pm on the second day.

Course Content

  • Compass use and bearings
  • Maps, grid references and contours
  • Measuring distances (Timing and pacing)
  • Basic route planning and emergency procedures

Day One

The first day of the course starts in a cafe (and the immediate area), running through the basics of map reading and route planning. After lunch we head onto the slopes of a neighbouring hill, immediately putting into practice the skills we have just discussed. We will also run through the basics of pacing, timing and walking on a bearing.
You can either bring a packed lunch, or buy lunch at the cafe.

Day Two

For the second day we meet underneath Moel Famau, the principle summit in the Clwydian Range. After a short refresher of the skills learnt the day before we will plan and then walk a circular route to the summit of Moel Famau and back, with each student sharing their part of the navigation for the group.
After we return to the base we will review the weekend and work out how you can keep developing the skills at home.
You will need to bring a lunch for this day.

Course Location

The Basic Navigation Course from Original Outdoors takes place in the Clwydian Range AONB, between Ruthin, Mold and Moel Famau. This is a mixture of countryside, woodland and open moorland terrain that allows for development within a variety of terrain.

Full joining instructions and meeting points will be sent out by email after you book a place on the course.


Do I need to bring any equipment?

There is a minimum equipment list but it is what you would expect for an outdoor training course. IF you already have a compass we recommend that you bring it along, but we can supply one if you need one. We will also supply maps and information sheets.

Can I bring a dog?

Yes – but it will have to be on a lead at all times and be well behaved. You are responsible for your own dog at all times.

How fit do I need to be?

You need to be fit enough for a 5-hr walk on the second day of the course, and for around 3-400m of ascent throughout either day. The pace is slow though, and the focus is on learning and skills not speed. If you have any questions about fitness then please get in touch.

Additional Information

Booking Date

2019 Gift Voucher, 6th-7th April 2019

Who are we?

Original Outdoors is an established outdoor activity and training provider in North Wales.
We are passionate about the outdoors and share this through our training courses, activity days activity days and outdoor services.

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Original Outdoors
Maes Gwyn
LL15 1UL

+44(0)1824 703 121 (Office)

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