National Navigation Award Scheme
Bronze, Silver & Gold Awards
author of 'The Inn Way' guidebooks & Mountain Leader
The complete OUTDOOR SKILLS course for walkers
- Understand an OS map - and be able to read it
- Learn how to use a compass
- Always know where you are on the map
- Know what to do if the mist comes down
- Plan your own walks
- Understand weather forecasts
- Be a competent navigator, with hill skills to match
- Improve your confidence and never get lost again!
- Gain a National Award (NNAS)
Step out in confidence on your own walks in the countryside.
Since 2009, 847 people have attended our NNAS Navigation Skills courses.
Whether you are a novice or experienced walker, our NNAS courses will give you the skills you need to step out with confidence and enhance your enjoyment of the countryside. From route planning and weather forecasts to detailed map work, our navigation skills weekends give you the skills you need for the outdoors.
Practically based with navigation training within a small group.
Sociable and fun, we use classic country pubs as our base for the courses.
It is usual to progress through the awards, starting with the Bronze award. If you have attended our 1-day Map Reading course, have lots of experience or hold other navigation awards then you may wish to attend our Straight to Silver course.NNAS BRONZE AWARD - 2 days - £110 per person
This award gives you the fundamental skills you need to safely and enjoyably walk in the valleys and rolling terrain of areas such as the Yorkshire Dales. The course includes weather forecasts, route planning, map skills, grid references, compass skills, contour interpretation, navigation skills, distance estimation, relocation, essential kit and emergency procedures. Learning outcome - you will be able to plan and follow your own walks using paths and tracks (Rights of Way).
NNAS SILVER AWARD - 2 days - £110 per person
This award builds upon the Bronze Award and gives you the skills you need to navigate across open country, such as the hills of the Yorkshire Dales and Peak District. The course includes the upland environment, route simplification, compass bearings, navigation strategies, relocation in a remote area, dealing with poor visibility, detailed contour interpretation and distance estimation. Learning outcome - you will be able to plan and follow your own walks across open country.
NNAS STRAIGHT TO SILVER AWARD - 3 days - £160 per person
This award combines the Bronze and Silver Awards, so that the Bronze Training is covered on the first day, then we move onto the Silver Training on the second day, followed by the Silver Assessment on the third day. This course is ideal if you are an experienced walker and want to develop your skills and confidence further. Learning outcome - you will be able to plan and follow your own walks on paths and open country.
This advanced award gives you the skills needed to navigate across any area of open country including mountainous terrain in areas such as the Yorkshire Dales or Lake District. This course includes complex contour features, detailed compass work, dealing with poor visibility, route planning on the hill, continuous location, appropriate navigational strategies. The Gold Award is delivered in two stages, with consolidation time between training and assessment. Learning outcome - you will be able to plan and follow safe routes away from paths and tracks in any area of open country.
For full NNAS syllabus details visit: www.nnas.org.uk
"Attending the NNAS & compass skills courses provided me with the skills, knowledge and confidence to enable me to fulfil my dream of walking the Pennine Way."
"I am so glad I decided to take the NNAS bronze course. I learnt a huge amount and it has massively boosted both my confidence and my enthusiasm. Quite apart from all that, Mark is an excellent walking companion with interesting views on any subject you care to throw at him."
"The navigation was incredibly well taught, with our skills being repeatedly put into practice to reinforce them. I also found Mark’s local knowledge of the area we walked in and the advice and information we were given about keeping ourselves safe on the moors great."
"Just wanted to say how much we enjoyed the weekend! We both learned a great deal and will be much more confident to try out more adventurous routes in the future. Thanks very much for your expert knowledge and sympathetic tutoring."
VIEW PHOTOS FROM SOME PREVIOUS COURSES
March 2017 (NNAS Gold) - HERE
March 2017 (NNAS Straight to Silver) - HERE
Sept 2016 (NNAS Bronze) - HERE
May 2016 (NNAS Silver) - HERE
Dec 2015 (NNAS Gold) - HERE (video)
July 2015 (NNAS Bronze) - HERE (video)
March 2015 (NNAS Silver) - HERE
March 2015 (NNAS Bronze) - HERE
March 2015 (NNAS Gold) - HERE
Feb 2015 (NNAS Straight to Silver) - HERE
Nov 2014 (NNAS Silver) - HERE
July 2014 (NNAS Bronze) - HERE
April 2014 (NNAS Straight to Silver) - HERE
March 2014 (NNAS Bronze) - HERE
March 2014 (NNAS Gold) - HERE
Feb 2014 (NNAS Straight to Silver ) - HERE
Sept 2013 (NNAS Straight to Silver) - HERE
February 2013 (NNAS Silver) - HERE
October 2011 (NNAS Silver) - HERE
August 2011 (NNAS Bronze) - HERE
2 or 3 days navigation training with Mark Reid (Bronze, Silver and Gold awards)
- Course folder and detailed course notes.
- Tea / Coffee each morning whilst we discuss the day ahead
- Use of our waterproof Berghaus gear if required.
- OS Map, compass and headtorch for the duration of the course
- NNAS Bronze, Silver or Gold Award certificate upon successful completion.
- TeamWalking Loyalty Reward Scheme
NB: Please organise your own accommodation for the weekend as well as a packed lunch for each day. You must provide your own walking boots. Maximum of 8 participants for the Bronze, 6 for the Silver and 4 for the Gold awards.
Full Terms and Conditions can be found on the Booking Form.
Over 18s - our courses are designed for adults.
9am - 11am: Meet at the village pub for tea/coffee. Introductions, learning objectives, outline of the weekend.
11am - 5pm: Full day's navigation training out 'on the hill' (we usually cover around 6 miles).
5pm – 5:30pm: De-brief
7:30pm (Bronze Award): Meal at the village pub, followed by route planning exercise.
5:30pm - 8pm (Silver Award): Night Navigation exercise, followed by meal at the village pub.
9:30am - 11am: Meet at the village pub for tea/coffee. Question & answer sheet.
11am - 4pm: Full day's walk, with each person navigating a leg of the route (we usually cover around 6 - 8 miles over the course of the day).
4pm – 5pm: Course feedback and results
'Straight to Silver' Award includes an additional training day (Day One itinerary). Upon successful completion you will receive a NNAS Bronze, Silver or Gold certificate. Nationally, in 2007 there was a 95% pass rate for NNAS Bronze Award.
Mark Reid is the author of 17 walking guidebooks including 'The Inn Way' series. He is a qualified Walking Group Leader and Mountain Leader, and has an unrivalled knowledge of the history and geography of the North of England. Mark Reid has walked over 16,000 miles of footpaths over the last decade. Mark has also appeared on ITV YORKSHIRE on the monthly TV walks series 'A Breath of Fresh Air' along with ITV weatherman Jon Mitchell, as well as ITV1's The Dales.
EXPERIENCE & FITNESS
No experience required for our NNAS Bronze or Straight to Silver awards. Full training and guidance will be given.
All walks are tailored specifically for each group according to your needs, aspirations, experience and fitness levels. However, a reasonable level of fitness is required as the natural environment can be demanding at times.
We usually cover around 6 miles over the course of each day, although this varies with the NNAS award, and there will be plenty of rest stops to learn new skills. The terrain we will be walking across will include uneven ground, rough terrain, stiles, stream crossings, fields, moorland, hills and valleys, tracks and lanes, as well as a number of ascents and descents; we may experience adverse weather conditions.
We can provide full BERGHAUS walking gear, including waterproof jackets, trousers, fleeces, rucksacks, gloves and hats.
We are fully insured and outdoor first aid trained Mountain Leaders
So far, we have taken over 6,000 people out walking, and have a wealth of experience dealing with all ages and abilities.
Part of the attraction of valley, hill and mountain walking is the challenge of tackling different terrains, landscapes and weather conditions. Every effort is made to minimize potential hazards; however, the very nature of hill and mountain walking involves a certain level of unavoidable risk of accident and/or injury. By taking part in this activity, you are aware of and accept these risks.
Over 18s - our courses are designed for adults
- Terms and Conditions
NATIONAL NAVIGATION AWARD SCHEME (NNAS)
The National Navigation Award Scheme is a personal performance, non-competitive, incentive scheme for all ages, ranging from basic navigation skills at Bronze level through to more advanced skills at Silver and Gold levels, validated to a national standard. The NNAS awards are not leadership qualifications.