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So you are always letting someone else lead the way or your solo walks are guided by more than a bit of luck. Your reasons for wanting to get better at navigation make a great chat over coffee and we can’t wait to meet you and find out more. The freedom of the hills is soon to be yours.

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Beginner Navigation


1 Day


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Group Size

Up to 12 People - Larger groups welcome, but please enquire

Minimum Age

13 years old

What's Included

Expert tuition by experienced international expedition leaders, Use of required navigation equipment, Complimentary refreshments, 10% discount on future course bookings

Previous Experience Required

Little to None


Course Overview

Embark on your journey to self-guided exploration with our two-day Beginner Navigation Course. Designed for those new to hillwalking and navigation, this hands-on course equips you with essential skills to confidently navigate the diverse terrain of the UK's most beautiful landscapes – from Highland moors to Lake District peaks.

You'll gain practical experience in stunning locations, learning to read maps, interpret terrain, use a compass, and understand rights of way. We'll also cover vital safety skills, including weather assessment, emergency procedures, and essential kit selection, ensuring you're prepared for any situation.

By the end of the course, you'll have the confidence and knowledge to plan and navigate your own walks, opening up a world of outdoor adventure across the UK.

Gain a solid foundation in map and compass navigation, essential for any hillwalker.

Apply your new skills in real-world scenarios, building confidence and competence.


Develop the knowledge and skills to plan and navigate your own rewarding hillwalking routes.

Course Outcomes

  • Confidently navigate with map and compass.

  • Gain essential hillwalking skills and knowledge for safer journeys.

  • Master compass techniques for accurate map reading and direction finding.

  • Select appropriate navigation strategies for different terrains and conditions.

  • Learn effective relocation techniques when lost or off-track.

  • When does the course start and finish?
    Start time: 09:30 - Finish time: 16:00. Please note, these times are approximate and could be subject to minor changes. Please leave plenty of time when booking public transport.
  • What's the minimum/maximum age for participation?
    Anyone aged 13 or over can attend any of our scheduled courses. We hold an AALA license and are able to take out children who are younger than 13, however we only offer this on a private guided basis. See our private guiding rates, as this can work out very competitive, especially when booking as a family. There is no maximum age, if you feel young enough to attend then you are very welcome!
  • Does the course price include food and drink?
    Almost all courses begin and end at our initial meeting place, which is usually a car park. Here your instructor will be able to provide a quick brew and a snack whilst chatting about the days activity. We do not provide food as part of our courses and you will need to bring a packed lunch along for each day. There are often local cafes within a short drive of our locations (but not always!) that can provide you with sandwiches, cakes and drinks.
  • How do I book?
    All of our courses can be booked privately, with a private instructor just for you or your group. This gives you the flexibility to book any date that suits you and also it means the instructor can fine-tune the course content to suit your aspirations. To make a booking, simply follow our online booking link below, or get in touch to discuss any specific requirements or changes you might have in mind.
  • Are there any pre-requisites?
    Some indoor or outdoor rock climbing experience would be beneficial, but is not essential.

Go Bespoke: Your Adventure, Your Way

At Crux Outdoors, we understand that every adventurer is unique. If our standard courses are close to what you're looking for but you have specific goals or preferences, we're here to make it happen. We pride ourselves on creating truly bespoke experiences, tailoring each course to your individual needs and aspirations. Whether you want to focus on specific skills, explore a particular region, or customize the duration of your adventure, simply click the button below to get in touch. Our expert team will work closely with you to craft a personalised itinerary that exceeds your expectations.

Questions? Let's Chat!

Our team of expert instructors is ready to answer any questions you have about our skills courses. Whether you're curious about the specifics of a certain course, need help choosing the right one for you, or have any other queries, don't hesitate to get in touch. We're passionate about sharing our knowledge and helping you develop your outdoor skills to the fullest.

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