This beginner navigation course will give you the skills to explore the great outdoors with complete confidence. You will learn how to use a map and compass, and interpret it to the lie of the land and features. And find your way around.  It is a very freeing feeling being able to map read, and knowing where you are at all times. No previous navigation experience is required.


2 days.


Dartmoor, Brecon Beacons, the Lake District, the Peak District or North Wales.


1 person – £440.
2 people – £260 per person.
3 people – £220 per person.
4 people – £200 per person.
5 people – £180 per person.
6 people – £160 per person.


To suit your availability.


If you are unsure whether this to course is suitable for you. Please contact us – info@riseandsummit.co.uk or call 07775 853 348. We will be happy to help. Or visit our useful information section here.


Each day of our beginner navigation course we would introduce the topic of weather and how this may impact our route selection.


We will introduce the use of a map and compass, Interpreting the symbols, and contours lines, as well as orienteering the map.  We will be looking at basic compass skills, and going on a journey to put all of these to use.


We will be using the skills learnt on day one, going on a journey, and putting all of the skills into practice.  Here we will also introduce grid references and how to take a bearing using a compass.

By the end of the course you will not look at a map in the same way again.

If you are unsure whether the beginner navigation course is suitable for you, please do not hesitate to contact us on info@riseandsummit.co.uk or call us on 07775 853 348, and we would be happy to help.

An essential item you need is a good compass.  Check out our review of the SILVA EXPEDITION COMPASS.


On the Beginner Navigation Course, we will cover the following areas:

  • Map reading
  • Understanding cartographic symbols
  • Interpreting contour lines and envisaging the terrain
  • Identifying features
  • Compass skills
  • Grid references
  • Compass bearings

We will also be looking at:

  • Planning a journey
  • Basic weather forecasting and knowledge
  • Access and conservation

An ideal course for anyone who wants to be self sufficient in the hills and mountains.  Whether you are a hill walker keen to learn to use a map and compass effectively, a climber who would like to be able to navigate to and from the cliff.  Or someone looking to enrol in one of the Leadership schemes from Mountain Training.


The course is 2 days, and is run in Dartmoor, the Brecon Beacons, the Peak District, the Lake District or North Wales. Our client-to-instructor ratio does not exceed 6:1, so that we can give you our fullest attention.

All of our courses are tailored to suit your availability and experience, taking into account any individual needs and fitness levels.


Dartmoor, Brecon Beacons, Peak district, the Lake District or North Wales.


We will discuss any specific kit requirements with you when you make a booking.


No previous navigation experience is required.  We will tailor this course to your requirements. We can also accommodate a range of fitness levels.  If in doubt about whether the course is suitable for you, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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PLEASE NOTE: Selection of dates is ‘preferred only’. We will only take payment once dates have been agreed. Upon agreement we will only then collect payment. Please contact us with any questions:

info@riseandsummit.co.uk | 07775 853 348.