Further Navigation Skills (1 Day)

Further Navigation Skills (1 Day)


As well as consolidation of existing navigation knowledge we aim to develop compass work and relocating skills. We will also have the chance to visit GPS technology and how this can be used in conjunction with map and compass. This course is the perfect step on from the ‘Discover Navigation’ course and can be added on to make a two day course. Introduces compass work, taking & following a bearing, route choice and relocating yourself when lost.

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1 DAY | RATIO 1:6 | £90.00



Completion of introduction course or to anyone who has had some basic navigation experience or wants to be reminded of compass skills often learnt in the dim and distant past.


This one day course is well suited to anyone who has had some basic navigation experience or wants to be reminded of compass skills often learnt in the dim and distant past. It is about gaining confidence with a compass so the focus is on a steady progression from map setting to checking the direction of line features to taking and walking on a bearing across open ground. 

This course will equip participants with the skills required for poor weather and detailed navigation in the UK hills.


You will usually be in a group of no more than 6 with one instructor. The day is mainly outdoors learning the key compass skills through some fun exercises.

The day progresses with map in hand around the local area. The skills are built up, how to take a bearing from the map, applying that to different circumstances, following the compass on a bearing, keeping moving in a straight line, measuring the distance on the map and on the ground.

Other navigation strategies come into play such as the use of “attack points”, “aiming off”, recognising and using “catching features” and simple relocation strategies.

Our one day course start at 09.00, if you could aim to arrive by 0830 so teaching time is not lost. The day will finish around 16.30 – 17.00 with a review of the day and tea and cake.


We only supply instruction for the course, it does not include transport or personal equipment. Your instructor will want to check that personal equipment is appropriate for the activity. Listed below are the essentials;

  • Waterproof jackets and trousers

  • Insulated synthetic jacket

  • Appropriate footwear for the attended course

  • Gaiters

  • 40lt Rucksack

  • Walking Poles

  • Personal Clothing

  • Warm Outdoor Wear

  • Insulating Layers

  • Trekking / Climbing Trousers (not cotton)

  • Hat & Gloves

  • Whistle

  • Compass – Silva type 4 recommended

  • Waterproof Map Case

  • Rucksack liner (or sturdy bin liner) / dry bags

  • Hydration system (water bottle)

  • Packed Lunch

  • Personal first aid kit

  • Personal toiletries / medication

  • Suncream & sun hat

  • Map information – we encourage everyone on Climb Devon summer navigation & skill courses to have a map covering Dartmoor National Park. OS map OL28 1:25 000 covers the areas we use and is the recommended map for our courses - other scales will be discussed on the course. Please ensure that this is a weather proof active map or you have a map case. For courses in other locations please contact us regarding map information.