Introduction to Tracking

Introduction to Tracking

£30.00 Per Person

The Introduction to Tracking course from Original Outdoors is an entry-level tracking training session run in various locations in North Wales. They run for approximately 3 hours and require no previous training or experience.

12th January 2019 (9am-12pm, Hope Mountain near Wrexham)
27th July 2019 (3pm-6pm, Newborough Forest, Anglesey)
5th October 2019 (2pm-5pm, Newborough Forest, Anglesey)
14th December 2019 (9am-12pm, Hope Mountain near Wrexham)

Please select from date options below


Gift Vouchers available for this course

You can purchase places on this course for somebody else as a gift voucher. Please see the tab below the course description below for more information, or you can select the relevant option from the dropdown menu above.

Introduction to Tracking course

Short introductory tracking courses held in North Wales

£30.00 per person

These introductory courses provide an insight into unlocking the hidden language of tracks and signs that we leave as we pass through a landscape. Footprints, damaged vegetation, disturbed stones – even the bending of a blade of grass.

We teach the techniques of mantracking and subject-tracking to various clients through our partner brand Outdoor Professional – the Introduction to Tracking course provides a taste of what we teach to SAR, emergency service and other clients and is ideal for those who want to try tracking for real or find out a little more on the subject.

Original Outdoors has been teaching tracking to clients of all types for a number of years, developing new techniques and bringing skills from the world of SAR and law enforcement to other areas.

The Introduction to Tracking courses are roughly three hours in length and take place at two different locations in North Wales.

No previous experience is required other than being able to walk over slightly rough terrain, be able to kneel/bend to look at features on the ground. The courses take place in all weathers and outdoor clothing is required.

The locations for each course are listed next to the course dates above.

Course Content

  • The basics of how to interrogate a footprint and identifying partial prints
  • Reading vegetation and the disturbance of natural items
  • Basic use of a ‘tracking stick’ and how to improvise one
  • Estimating stride length
  • Basic wildlife tracking
  • Re-acquiring lost tracks and predicting behaviour
  • Marking tracks and recording information
  • Tracking Mythbusting

2019 Course Dates

12th January 2019 (9am-12pm, Hope Mountain near Wrexham)
27th July 2019 (3pm-6pm, Newborough Forest, Anglesey)
5th October 2019 (2pm-5pm, Newborough Forest, Anglesey)
14th December 2019 (9am-12pm, Hope Mountain near Wrexham)

The Introduction to Tracking Course from Original Outdoors takes place in two locations in North Wales – Hope Mountain Country Park near Wrexham, and Newborough Forest on Anglesey.

Full joining instructions and exact meeting point will be sent out by email after you book a place on the course. Please check the location of the course against the dates listed.

Hope Mountain Location

Newborough Forest Location

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Richard Prideaux

The primary instructor for this course is Richard Prideaux, the lead instructor for Original Outdoors.

Richard has spent the majority of his adult life working in the great outdoors. He specialises in wilderness skills, foraging and teaching search operations to our professional clients at our sister site, where you can read more about him and his experience.

Amongst other things he is a qualified mountain leader, spent several years as an active member of one of the North Wales mountain rescue teams and regularly appears on screen and in print talking about foraging, bushcraft and survival and other essential outdoor skills.

Richard lives near Ruthin in North Wales.

Gift Vouchers for our Tracking courses

We sell gift vouchers for almost all of our public skills and experience courses. The vouchers are an e-voucher with a code, plus an A4 PDF that can be personalised with a short message for the person receiving it.

How it works

The process works like this:

  1. You can either choose a specific course date, or choose ‘Gift Voucher’ if you just want the recipient to choose a date for themselves
  2. Once you have chosen either a date or a voucher AND the number of places then click through to the checkout and fill in your payment information
  3. Your order will be processed and we will get in touch with you directly by email to ask if you want to add a message to the PDF
  4. We will send the PDF and the unique e-voucher code to you by email, along with another PDF that has instructions on how the person receiving the voucher can redeem it and claim their place
  5. You give the voucher to the person receiving it and they claim their place and pass their contact information to us so we can send them the rest of the course information

Please take a look at our Gift Voucher Terms and Conditions on this page, and please contact us if you have any questions.

Do I need any special equipment?

As a minimum we ask people to bring outdoor clothing for a day of walking and moving slowly. We run the course in all weathers so you will need a waterproof coat, warm layers and hat/gloves for the winter courses.
You may also want to bring a notepad, camera and a small hand torch.
A full equipment list will be sent out when book a place on the course.

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, and must ensure that it does not disrupt the course or the enjoyment of other participants.

Can I purchase a gift voucher for this course?

Yes, you can purchase a gift voucher for somebody else by selecting the relevant option from the dropdown menu above. We can also create a custom PDF voucher that you can print off and give to the course recipient.
Terms and conditions for our Gift Vouchers can be found here.

Private Tracking Courses

Any of our public courses can be booked as a private event, or we can create a day or event to meet your specific requirements.

Please get in touch directly, or take a look at the popular private courses below.