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Natural Navigation Course

September 20 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Natural navigation course

One-day natural and instinctive navigation course in North East Wales, navigating across the landscape WITHOUT map or compass. A Level One EST Framework Course.

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


Link to course page


Bontuchel LL15 2BP United Kingdom + Google Map