Natural Navigation Course

Natural Navigation Course

£45.00 per person

The Natural Navigation Course from Original Outdoors is a unique navigation course working entirely from natural clues and signs

23rd June 2018
22nd September 2018

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Course Description

Natural Navigation Course

1-day Natural Navigation Course in North Wales – no previous experience required!

£45.00 per person

This Natural Navigation course from Original Outdoors is slightly different to our other navigation courses. It is suitable for any outdoor enthusiast, including walkers, sailors, bushcrafters, mountain bikers, kayakers and pretty much everybody else.
Rather than using a map and compass as the main method of finding your way across the landscape we look at ancient navigation techniques, the relationship between the movement of the earth, sun and stars and how we can use this, the landscape, and the weather to plot a route across the landscape.

You will be learning with one of our qualified Mountain Leaders, and the course content is aimed at complete novices. However, even if you are a competent map-and-compass navigator there will be a lot to learn as the course covers different techniques.
You will not be forced to march vast distances over tough terrain, and the pace of the course will be dictated by the ability of the group. Each of our instructors learnt to navigate from scratch, and they understand what it is like to learn a new skill in the outdoors.

You can find dozens of tips and explanations, plus links to the definitive guides to natural navigation on Tristan Gooley’s site – naturalnavigator.com.

This Natural Navigation course takes place in North Wales, in the Clwydian Range AONB. We meet as a group at a pre-arranged location to suit the conditions and the group. We can provide lists of local accommodation options if you are travelling from further afield.
Please see below for full course content.

The course runs from 10:00am to approximately 3:00pm.

Course Content

  • Celestial bodies – how the planets move and how the moon affects the Earth
  • Natural and ancient pathways through the landscape
  • Finding direction in the landscape
  • Tactics and planning for route finding without map and compass
  • Using the weather to navigate
  • Plants, watercourses and other natural features
  • Tuning into the natural landscape
  • The human factor

Course Location

The Natural Navigation Course from Original Outdoors takes place in the Clwydian Range AONB just north of the market town of Ruthin.

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

FAQs

Do I need to bring any equipment?

You will need to bring warm and waterproof clothing for the day, good walking boots/footwear suitable for walking along rough footpaths and trails plus food and drink for the day. You may also wish to bring a notepad and camera.

Can I bring a dog?

Yes – but it will need to be well-behaved and remain on a lead at all times.

How fit do I need to be?

You need to be fit enough for several hours of walking on forest paths and fields. 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.

Richard Prideaux is a partner of Original Outdoors and our lead instructor. For more than a decade he has worked in outdoor education, expedition leadership, safety and management, mountain rescue and SAR and coaching and personal development.

He has also worked with international restaurants and chefs as a professional forager and advisor and appeared on several television and radio productions.

He lives in North Wales on the borders of Snowdonia National Park.

Additional Information

Booking Date

2018 Gift Voucher, 22nd September 2018, 23rd June 2018

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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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Maes Gwyn
Rhewl
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LL15 1UL

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