Outdoor Skills

NNAS BRONZE AWARDIN THE YORKSHIRE DALES

With Mark Reid, author of ‘The Inn Way’ guidebooks & Mountain Leader.
Since 2009, 1,091 people have attended our NNAS Navigation Skills courses.

NNAS AWARDS

Whether you’re a novice or experienced walker, our National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) courses will give you the skills you need to step out with confidence and enhance your enjoyment of the countryside. It’s usual to progress through the awards, starting with the NNAS Bronze award. If you have attended our 1-day Map Reading course or have lots of experience then you may wish to attend our ‘Straight to Silver’ course. Our NNAS courses are based in the Yorkshire Dales.

NNAS BRONZE AWARD

This 2-day NNAS Bronze Award is ideal for beginners, and gives you the key skills you need to safely and enjoyably walk in the countryside. With two days to learn, practice and consolidate, this course is your ‘passport to freedom’ on the hills. Learning outcome – plan and follow your own walks in the countryside using paths, tracks and Rights of Way.

For full NNAS syllabus details visit: www.nnas.org.uk

THE COMPLETE OUTDOOR SKILLS COURSE
  • Understand an OS map – and be able to read it
  • Learn how to use a compass
  • Always know where you are on the map
  • Accurate distance estimation
  • Plan your own walks
  • Understand and visualise contours
  • Navigation strategies & decision making
  • Understand weather forecasts
  • Grid References
  • Improve your confidence walking in the countryside
  • Essential outdoor kit & emergency procedures
  • Gain a National Award (NNAS)

Our NNAS Bronze course will give you the skills you need to stride out with confidence and enhance your enjoyment of walking in the countryside using Rights of Way. From route planning and weather forecasts to detailed map work and navigation strategies, this NNAS Bronze course provides the key foundations and building blocks for good navigation and hill skills, giving you the confidence and knowledge to plan and follow your own walks in the countryside.

Learning is informal and relaxed, with plenty of practical experience out in the Yorkshire Dales countryside, within a small group of up to 8 people.

Our courses are sociable, enjoyable, informative and fun, and are based from great country pubs.

TESTIMONIALS

“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.” Catherine McDonnell

“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.” Nikki Duffy

“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.” A. Davies

“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.” A. Bryan

VIEW PHOTOS FROM SOME PREVIOUS COURSES

May 2018 (NNAS Bronze) – HERE
Sept 2016 (NNAS Bronze) – HERE
July 2015 (NNAS Bronze) – HERE (video)
March 2015 (NNAS Bronze) – HERE
July 2014 (NNAS Bronze) – HERE
March 2014 (NNAS Bronze) – HERE

OUTLINE ITINERARY
DAY ONE

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: Meal at the village pub, followed by route planning exercise.

DAY TWO

9:30am – 11am: Meet at the village pub for tea/coffee. Summary of learning objectives, and areas to focus on during the walk.
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.

Upon successful completion you will receive a NNAS Bronze Award. Nationally, in 2007 there was a 95% pass rate for NNAS Bronze Award. 

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NATIONAL NAVIGATION AWARD SCHEME (NNAS)

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This includes:
  • 2 days navigation training with Mark Reid (Bronze Award)
  • Course folder and detailed course notes.
  • Tea / Coffee each morning whilst we discuss the day ahead
  • Use of our waterproof Outdoor gear if required.
  • OS Map and compass for the duration of the course
  • NNAS Bronze Award certificate upon successful completion.
  • TeamWalking Loyalty Reward Scheme
NB: Please organise your own accommodation for the course as well as a packed lunch for each day. Maximum of 8 participants for the Bronze Award. Full Terms and Conditions can be found on the Consent Form.
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NNAS SILVER AWARD

This 2-day NNAS Silver Award builds upon the Bronze Award and gives you the skills you need to navigate across open country away from paths and tracks, in areas such as the hills and fells of the Yorkshire Dales. You must hold the Bronze Award to attend this course. Learning outcome – plan and follow your own walks across open country.

For full NNAS syllabus details visit: www.nnas.org.uk

THE COMPLETE OUTDOOR SKILLS COURSE
  • Build on the skills learnt at Bronze Award & apply them on the hills
  • How to take and follow a compass bearing
  • Use contours and landform as part of your navigation
  • Understand the upland environment
  • Route choice and strategy on the hills
  • Route Simplification – rough and fine navigation
  • Dealing with poor visibility (mist and darkness)
  • Accurate distance estimation across the hills
  • Gain a National Award (NNAS)

The NNAS Silver Award builds on the skills learnt at the Bronze Award, and moves up onto the open hills. This course will give you the skills and confidence to navigate across Open Country, using more natural features and contours, coupled with compass bearings and good distance estimation. We’ll learn about the upland environment and how to deal with poor visibility, including a darkness. From contours and compass work to navigation strategies, our NNAS Silver courses will give you the skills you need for the hills.

Learning is informal and relaxed, with plenty of practical experience out on the hills, moors and fells of the Yorkshire Dales, within a small group of up to 8 people.

Our courses are sociable, enjoyable, informative and fun, and are based from great country pubs.

TESTIMONIALS

“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.” Catherine McDonnell

“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.” Nikki Duffy

“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.” A. Bryan

VIEW PHOTOS FROM SOME PREVIOUS COURSES

March 2018 (NNAS Silver) – HERE
March 2017 (NNAS Silver) – HERE
May 2016 (NNAS Silver) – HERE
March 2015 (NNAS Silver) – HERE
Nov 2014 (NNAS Silver) – HERE
April 2014 (NNAS Silver) – HERE
Feb 2014 (NNAS Silver ) – HERE
Sept 2013 (NNAS Silver) – HERE
October 2011 (NNAS Silver) – HERE

OUTLINE ITINERARY
DAY ONE

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: Break on the hillside
5:30pm – 7:30pm:Night Navigation exercise, followed by meal at the village pub.

DAY TWO

9:30am – 11am: Meet at the village pub for tea/coffee. Summary of learning objectives, and areas to focus on during the walk.
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.

Upon successful completion you will receive a NNAS Silver certificate.

YOUR INSTRUCTOR

EXPERIENCE & FITNESS

NATIONAL NAVIGATION AWARD SCHEME (NNAS)

BOOK NOW

This includes:
  • 2 days navigation training with Mark Reid (Silver Award)
  • Course folder and detailed course notes.
  • Tea / Coffee each morning whilst we discuss the day ahead
  • Use of our waterproof Outdoor gear if required.
  • OS Map, compass and head-torch for the duration of the course
  • NNAS Silver Award certificate upon successful completion.
  • TeamWalking Loyalty Reward Scheme
NB: Please organise your own accommodation for the course as well as a packed lunch for each day. Maximum of 8 participants for the Silver Award. Full Terms and Conditions can be found on the Consent Form.
NUMBER OF PEOPLE
NNAS ‘STRAIGHT TO SILVER’ AWARD

This 3-day NNAS ‘Straight to Silver’ Award is an ideal choice for more experienced walkers who want to develop their skills and confidence further. This ‘Straight to Silver’ course combines the Bronze & Silver Awards in an intensive but enjoyable 3 day course; the Bronze syllabus is covered on the first day, then we move onto the Silver syllabus on the second and third days. Learning outcome – plan and follow your own walks across hills and open country.

For full NNAS syllabus details visit: www.nnas.org.uk

THE COMPLETE OUTDOOR SKILLS COURSE
  • Understand an OS map – and be able to read it
  • Learn how to use a compass, including bearings
  • Always know where you are on the map
  • Accurate distance estimation
  • Plan your own walks in the countryside and open hills
  • Use contours as part of your navigation
  • Navigation strategies & decision making
  • Know what to do if the mist comes down
  • Understand weather forecasts
  • Essential outdoor kit & emergency procedures
  • Gain a National Award (NNAS)

The course combines the NNAS Bronze and Silver awards to give you the skills to navigate in the countryside as well as across the open hills, using more natural features and contours, coupled with compass bearings and good distance estimation. We’ll learn about the upland environment and how to deal with poor visibility, including an evening of night navigation. Our NNAS Silver course will give you the skills you need for the hills.

Learning is informal and relaxed, with plenty of practical experience out on the hills, fells and moors of the Yorkshire Dales, within a small group of up to 8 people.

Our courses are sociable, enjoyable, informative and fun, and are based from great country pubs.

TESTIMONIALS

“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.” Catherine McDonnell

“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.” Nikki Duffy

“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.” A. Bryan

VIEW PHOTOS FROM SOME PREVIOUS COURSES

March 2018 (NNAS Silver) – HERE
March 2017 (NNAS Silver) – HERE
May 2016 (NNAS Silver) – HERE
March 2015 (NNAS Silver) – HERE
Nov 2014 (NNAS Silver) – HERE
April 2014 (NNAS Silver) – HERE
Feb 2014 (NNAS Silver ) – HERE
Sept 2013 (NNAS Silver) – HERE
October 2011 (NNAS Silver) – HERE

OUTLINE ITINERARY
DAY ONE

9am – 11am: Meet at the village pub for tea/coffee. Introductions, learning objectives, outline of the course.
11am – 5pm: Full day’s navigation training out in the countryside (Bronze syllabus – we usually cover around 6 miles).
5pm – 5:30pm: De-brief about the day
7:30pm: Meal at the village pub, followed by route planning exercise.

DAY TWO

9:30am – 11am: Meet at the village pub for tea/coffee. Summary of learning objectives, and areas to focus on during the walk.
11am – 5pm:Full day’s navigation training out on the hills (Silver syllabus – we usually cover around 6 – 8 miles).
5pm – 5:30pm: Break on the hillside
5:30pm – 7:30pm: Night Navigation exercise, followed by meal at the village pub.

DAY THREE

9:30am – 11am: Meet at the village pub for tea/coffee. Summary of learning objectives, and areas to focus on during the day.
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.

Upon successful completion you will receive a NNAS Silver certificate.

YOUR INSTRUCTOR

EXPERIENCE & FITNESS

NATIONAL NAVIGATION AWARD SCHEME (NNAS)

BOOK NOW

This includes:
  • 3 days navigation training with Mark Reid (NNAS 'Straight to Silver' award)
  • Course folder and detailed course notes.
  • Tea / Coffee each morning whilst we discuss the day ahead
  • Use of our waterproof Outdoor gear if required.
  • OS Map, compass and headtorch for the duration of the course
  • NNAS Silver Award certificate upon successful completion.
  • TeamWalking Loyalty Reward Scheme
NB: Please organise your own accommodation for the course as well as a packed lunch for each day. Maximum of 8 participants for the Silver award. Full Terms and Conditions can be found on the Consent Form.
NUMBER OF PEOPLE
NNAS GOLD AWARD (TRAINING)

This advanced 2-day NNAS Gold Award training course 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. You must hold the Silver Award (or ML training) to attend this course. Learning outcome – 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

THE COMPLETE OUTDOOR SKILLS COURSE
  • Use contours as the prime method of navigation
  • Use slope aspect as part of your strategy
  • ‘Ground to Map’ and ‘Map to Ground’ compass bearings
  • Relevant compass work, including ‘quick’ bearings and position lines
  • Continuous location in the landscape and on the map
  • Deal with poor visibility and/or demanding conditions
  • Navigate accurately across intricate and complex terrain
  • Select appropriate techniques within an overall navigation strategy.
  • Sound knowledge of the upland environment
  • Gain a National Award (NNAS)

The NNAS Gold Award develops skills to navigate across any area of open country, including complex and demanding terrain with intricate contour features, and takes the use of the compass onto an advanced level. Poor visibility, quick recognition of error, being able to re-plan quickly on the hill, continuous location and selection of the most appropriate technique for your strategy, the NNAS Gold Award gives you the skills to navigate across remote hills and fells.

Learning is informal and relaxed, with plenty of practical experience out on the hills and fells of the Yorkshire Dales, within a small group of up to 4 people.

Our courses are sociable, enjoyable, informative and fun, and are based from great country pubs.

TESTIMONIALS

“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.” Catherine McDonnell

“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.” Nikki Duffy

“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.” A. Bryan

VIEW PHOTOS FROM SOME PREVIOUS COURSES

Oct 2018 (NNAS Gold) – HERE
March 2017 (NNAS Gold) – HERE
Dec 2015 (NNAS Gold) – HERE (video)

OUTLINE ITINERARY
DAY ONE

9am – 11am: Meet at the village pub for tea/coffee. Introductions, learning objectives, outline of the course.
11am – 5pm: Full day’s navigation training out ‘on the hill’ (we usually cover around 8 – 10 miles).
5pm – 5:30pm: Break on the hillside
5:30pm – 7:30pm: Night Navigation exercise, followed by meal at the village pub.

DAY TWO

9:30am – 11am: Meet at the village pub for tea/coffee. Summary of learning objectives, and areas to focus on during the walk.
11am – 4pm: Full day’s navigation training out ‘on the hill’ (we usually cover around 6 – 8 miles).
4pm – 5pm: Course feedback and action plans.

A detailed Action Plan will be given to you in preparation for the NNAS Gold Award Assessment.

YOUR INSTRUCTOR

EXPERIENCE & FITNESS

NATIONAL NAVIGATION AWARD SCHEME (NNAS)

BOOK NOW

This includes:
  • 2 days navigation training with Mark Reid (Gold Training)
  • Course folder and detailed course notes.
  • Tea / Coffee each morning whilst we discuss the day ahead
  • Use of our waterproof Outdoor gear if required.
  • OS Map, compass and headtorch for the duration of the course
  • Detailed training Action Plan in preparation for the NNAS Gold Assessment.
  • TeamWalking Loyalty Reward Scheme
NB: Please organise your own accommodation for the course as well as a packed lunch for each day. Maximum of 4 participants for the Gold Training. Full Terms and Conditions can be found on the Consent Form.
NUMBER OF PEOPLE
NNAS GOLD AWARD (ASSESSMENT)

This 1-day NNAS Gold Award Assessment focuses on the skills required to navigate across any area of open country including hills, fells and mountains in areas such as the Yorkshire Dales or Lake District. Candidates are assessed on the practical application of their skills out on the hills. Learning outcome – 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

THE COMPLETE OUTDOOR SKILLS COURSE
  • Use of contours as prime method of navigation
  • Navigate to 3 contour features using a 1:25,000 scale map
  • Navigate to 3 contour features using a 1:50,000 scale map
  • Locate accurately on hillsides using slope aspect
  • Continuous location throughout the day
  • Accurately follow a compass bearing over a long distance
  • Appropriate skills, techniques, strategy and route selection
  • Solo navigation legs
  • Navigate in complex and intricate terrain in poor visibility (darkness)
  • Knowledge of and preparation for the upland environment.
  • 5-minute presentation on an outdoor topic of your choice
  • Pre-course Home Study Paper
  • Gain a National Award (NNAS)

The assessment of the NNAS Gold Award takes place over one day on the hills, fells and moors of the Yorkshire Dales, and looks at the competency of the navigator in the selection and application of relevant and appropriate skills, techniques and decisions to navigate across complex, intricate and demanding terrain in daylight, and also at dusk into darkness. The standard of navigation skills required for the NNAS Gold Award is very high.

The NNAS Gold Award is limited to a small group of up to 4 people.

Our courses are sociable, enjoyable, informative and fun, and are based from great country pubs.

TESTIMONIALS

“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.” Catherine McDonnell

“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.” Nikki Duffy

“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.” A. Bryan

VIEW PHOTOS FROM SOME PREVIOUS COURSES

Oct 2018 (NNAS Gold) – HERE
March 2017 (NNAS Gold) – HERE
Dec 2015 (NNAS Gold) – HERE (video)

OUTLINE ITINERARY

9:30am: Meet at the village pub for tea/coffee. Outline of the day.
10am – 7pm: Full day’s navigation skills assessment out ‘on the hill’ (we usually cover around 10 miles).
7pm – 7:30pm: Course feedback and results

Upon successful completion you will receive a NNAS Gold certificate. 

YOUR INSTRUCTOR

EXPERIENCE & FITNESS

NATIONAL NAVIGATION AWARD SCHEME (NNAS)

BOOK NOW

This includes:
  • 1 day's navigation skills assessment, with Mark Reid (Gold Award)
  • Tea / Coffee in the morning whilst we discuss the day ahead
  • Use of our waterproof Outdoor gear if required.
  • OS Maps, compass and headtorch for the duration of the day
  • NNAS Gold Award certificate upon successful completion.
  • TeamWalking Loyalty Reward Scheme
NB: Please organise your own accommodation for the course (if applicable) as well as a packed lunch for the day. Maximum of 4 participants for the Gold award. Full Terms and Conditions can be found on the Consent Form.
NUMBER OF PEOPLE

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