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For those wanting to explore the countryside more, but wish to improve your navigation skills first.
We offer two courses based on the NNAS National Navigation Award Scheme. Both of these courses are available for Mountain Biking and Walking.
The NNAS scheme was devised as a non-competitive, personal performance scheme for all ages, to encourage people to be confident in their navigation in the countryside.  NNAS courses do not provide leadership qualifications.
The scheme is ideal for individuals to improve their personal navigation skills, or school and youth organisations who are looking for accredited navigation training.
All NNAS courses include advice and information about relevant safety and access issues when walking in the countryside.   In addition, an understanding of relevant conservation and environmental issues and awareness of our impacts all form part of each course.
For course dates click here to view calendar of programmed courses or contact us to discuss your individual requirements and private hire options.
NAVIGATION COURSES
Bronze NNAS award
On completion of Bronze NNAS award, participants will be able to plan and follow simple walks in the countryside mainly on paths and tracks.
The Bronze NNAS course duration is two days, including a half day small assessment on the final day. (nb tailored course can be arranged to suit individual group needs & times, please contact us for more information)
Training is a good mix of classroom and outdoor sessions to allow theory and practical learning.

The Syllabus and Learning Outcomes

Understand the nature of a map as a two dimensional plan.

Understand how to use map symbols and scales, on a variety of maps.

Take a 6 figure grid reference for any given position and also locate such a reference on the map.

Orientate the map with and without a compass

Use the orientated map to identify land features and indicate direction of travel.

Choose simple navigation strategies and routes.

Use linear features (e.g. paths and tracks) as handrails in simple navigation exercises.

Estimate distance on both map and ground.

Using a basic understanding of contours, match major landforms like hills and valleys to their map representation. Plan a safe, suitable walk.

Relocate using simple techniques on paths and other handrails.

Understand access rights and responsibilities.

Demonstrate an awareness of local and national access issues and access legislation.

Demonstrate knowledge of the Countryside Code, and of procedures to be followed in the event of an emergency.
Silver NNAS award
On completion of the Silver NNAS award participants will be able to plan and follow walks in the countryside away from paths and tracks.
The Silver NNAS course duration is two days, including a half day small assessment on the final day. (nb tailored course can be arranged to suit individual group needs & times, please contact us for more information)
Training is a good mix of classroom and outdoor sessions to allow theory and practical learning.

The Syllabus and Learning Outcomes
(in addition to those of the Bronze Award)

Devise a strategy for a navigational stage, to break it down into 'coarse' and 'fine' navigation and to use clear features en route to check that they are 'on course'.

Understand and apply the following components of a navigational strategy 'aiming off', 'attack points', 'collecting features', simplifying navigation, and apply them in varying terrain.

Demonstrate an understanding of contour features, both large and small, on the map and on the ground.

Demonstrate an understanding of the navigation physical and factors affecting route choice.

Judge distance accurately on the map and on the ground.

Plan a safe walk or route involving Silver award skills and strategies.

Employ simple relocation strategies when lost.

Use a compass to follow accurate bearings and to check the direction of footpaths or other linear features on both map and ground.

Demonstrate knowledge of the effects of fatigue and physical discomfort brought on by navigating in demanding countryside and/or extreme weather condition. Knowledge of basic first aid is also expected.

Demonstrate knowledge and application of the Countryside Code and current access legislation as for the Bronze level together with an appreciation of basic environmental factors in mixing 'man with nature' (e.g. footpath erosion and methods of dealing with it), and responsibilities towards other countryside interests like farming, forestry and conservation.