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It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves

National Navigation Award Scheme
in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales

Bronze, Silver & Gold Awards

Yorkshire Dales




With Mark Reid
author of 'The Inn Way' guidebooks & Mountain Leader

No.1 for NNAS courses in the North of England
Since 2009, 1,091 people have attended our NNAS Navigation Skills courses

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
  • Navigation strategies & decision making
  • Understand weather forecasts
  • Be a competent navigator, with hill skills to match
  • Improve your confidence walking in the countryside
  • Gain a National Award (NNAS)

The NNAS awards are your passport to freedom on the hills!

nnas navigation skills map reading weekend course

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.

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.

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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

Ideal for beginners, this award gives you the key skills you need to safely and enjoyably walk in the countryside. 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 - plan and follow your own walks in the countryside.

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. The course includes the upland environment, route simplification, compass bearings, navigation strategies, dealing with poor visibility, contour interpretation and distance estimation. Learning outcome - plan and follow your own walks across open country.

NNAS 'STRAIGHT TO SILVER' AWARD - 3 days - £160 per person

Ideal for experienced walkers who want to develop their skills further. This 'Straight to Silver' course combines the Bronze & Silver Awards in an intensive but enjoyable 3 day course; 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. Learning outcome - plan and follow your own walks on paths and open country.


Gold Award Training: 2 days - £160 per person
Gold Award Assessment: 1 day - £80 per person

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 - plan and follow safe routes away from paths and tracks in any area of open country.

For full NNAS syllabus details visit:


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"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


Oct 2018 (NNAS Gold) - HERE
May 2018 (NNAS Bronze) - HERE
March 2018 (NNAS Silver) - HERE
March 2017 (NNAS Gold) - HERE
March 2017 (NNAS 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
Nov 2014 (NNAS Silver) - HERE
July 2014 (NNAS Bronze) - HERE
April 2014 (NNAS Silver) - HERE
March 2014 (NNAS Bronze) - HERE
Feb 2014 (NNAS Silver ) - HERE
Sept 2013 (NNAS Silver) - HERE
October 2011 (NNAS Silver) - HERE

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  • 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. Maximum of 8 participants for the Bronze, 8 for the Silver and 4 for the Gold awards.

Full Terms and Conditions can be found on the Booking Form.

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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 - 7:30pm (Silver Award): Night Navigation exercise, followed by meal at the village pub.

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.

'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 18,500 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.

NNAS navigation courses

  • No experience required for our NNAS Bronze awards. Full training and guidance will be given.
  • Some hill-walking required for our NNAS Straight to Silver award; previous courses required for NNAS Silver or NNAS Gold awards.
  • 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 outdoor walking gear, including waterproof jackets, trousers, fleeces, rucksacks, gloves, hats and boots.
  • We are fully insured and outdoor first aid trained Mountain Leaders
  • So far, we have taken over 9,000 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.
  • Our courses are suitable for all ages. Under 18s (minimum age 14) may attend if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The child must be accompanied at all times during the activity by their parent/legal guardian.
  • Terms and Conditions



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.