Navigation Training ~ Snowdonia

A simple, friendly introduction to map reading skills

Navigation Training

Learning to use a map and compass properly is a positive step towards being able to plan your own adventures and give you more confidence in the outdoors.

Our Navigation Training courses are designed to take you through the steps for beginners to those needing a refresher and on to the next steps as you feel comfortable.

Each course can stand alone or why not make a weekend of it? If you book both of our navigation courses over a weekend you will receive 50% discount off the Navigation – the next steps course.

Introduction to Navigation Skills

Our 1 day introduction to Navigation Skills is designed to give you the basics of using a map and compass. Even if you have no experience at all it’s easier than you think!

Everyone going out into the countryside can increase their confidence and enjoyment by understanding the basics of map reading.

Each group is small (no more than 6) so that whatever your experience our instructors will tailor the day to make sure you gain confidence in your map reading skills.

What will I learn?

On the day you will be introduced to:

  • Map signs and symbols
  • Grid References and contours
  • Orientating the map
  • ‘Handrailing’
  • Pacing and Timing
  • Using a compass and taking a bearing

Navigation – the next steps

Once you have learned the basics of using a map and compass in the outdoors the next steps are to build confidence and put it into practice. This course will enable you to build on what you have learned and feel comfortable in putting your skills into practice with support and guidance.

Where will we go?

You will spend the day in the beautiful northern region of Snowdonia in North Wales. Some of our favourite places are around Capel Curig or the Moelwyns.

On confirmation of your order we will arrange to meet you at a suitable location.
We can also arrange days in the Shropshire Hills or in the southern Snowdonia region on request.

How much does it cost?

£60 per person – 1-2 people
£50 per person – 3+ people

What will I need to bring?

Have a look at our Kit List for information on what you should bring. We can provide a map and compass if you don’t have one.


Here are some of our dates for early 2018.

If you have specific requirements on dates or location, or there are more than 6 in your group please contact us and we can arrange a convenient date for you.

Date Course Location Spaces
15 May Introduction to Navigation Snowdonia 6
16 May Navigation – the next steps Snowdonia 6
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