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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.
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.
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
The Natural Navigation Course from Original Outdoors takes place in the Clwydian Range AONB just north of the beautiful market town of Ruthin. A mix of ancient trackways, fields and surrounding hills and rivers gives us a detailed environment to explore and learn to read.
Full joining instructions and meeting point will be sent out by email after you book a place on the course.
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 outdoorprofessional.co.uk, 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.
Gift Vouchers for our Foraging and Wild Foods 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:
You can either choose a specific course date, or choose ‘Gift Voucher’ if you just want the recipient to choose a date for themselves
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
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
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
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
Is this course compliant with COVID-19 regulations and guidance?
This course takes place entirely outdoors and has been restructured for smaller group sizes and allowance for social distancing and other safety precautions. If you have any further questions please contact us directly and we will be happy to answer any queries you may have.
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.