Mountain Skills Courses
The Bronze Navigator Award is a practical hands-on award. It is aimed at people with no navigation experience whether you are new to the outdoors or have been relying on others, guidebooks or easy well-defined routes. It is also the starting point for many Duke of Edinburgh students, scouts and guides and cadets who are looking to develop their outdoor skills. It is a foundation course and fundamental to understand the techniques we teach before heading into the higher awards. It is perhaps the most useful navigation course you can ever take.
If you would like to discuss this course for a club, society or other group of people, please see the Adventures for You page or just get in touch to discuss options and prices
Bronze Navigator Award
Each non-residential course costs £150 per person for the two days training and assessment with discounts for multiple bookings.
It includes training and assessment over two days (minimum of 12 hours) with a qualified NNAS Tutor and experienced guide. There is a certificate on successfully passing the award.
The courses are run in the North York Moors National Park around the iconic Roseberry Topping. There is a very brief indoor session (Covid dependent) both days but we are mainly out on the hills learning the practical tools and skills in the real environment. After booking onto the course you will also have access to a bite-size video series which covers the syllabus. This also is a useful reminder resource for afterwards!
The instructor:client ratio is 1:8 with a minimum of 3 clients to ensure that everyone gets the most benefit from the course. Peer-experience and sharing is an important aspect.
By the end of the course, you will have a good understanding of the following:-
Maps and scales
Orientating a map with and without a compass
Relate prominent landforms to the contours on a map
Locate yourself on the map and route, and relocation techniques for when you are not quite sure
Measure and estimate distances on the map and the ground
Plan routes and use simple navigation strategies
Access issues and legislation
The countryside code and the environment
Walking and safety equipment and emergency procedures
If you'd like a private course for friends/family/clubs or societies, or different dates from the ones advertised below then please simply get in touch to discuss dates and prices via the Adventures for You page.
This nationally recognised accredited course will enable you to plan your own walks with a deeper understanding of different maps and how to use them. It will also provide you with the tools needed to relocate yourself should the weather turn bad. It will improve your confidence in the outdoors.
Bronze NNAS - Frequently asked questions
Is this suitable for me?
The course is aimed at those wanting to get out more and gain confidence in the hills so some basic walking fitness is all that's needed. You don't need to worry about being super fit.
What do I need to bring?
You can see the recommended kit list here (please ignore the additional essentials for backpacking as we won't be doing that!).
Where do we meet?
We meet at 0900 at The Kings Head Inn in the village of Newton-under-Roseberry on the first day.
I'm coming from further afield, where can I stay nearby?
This is up to you depending on your budget. However I would recommend getting in touch with The Kings Head Inn as they offer deals for walkers. There is also a selection of accommodation in nearby Guisborough and Great Ayton.
What's not included?
How much is the course and how do I book?
The course costs £150 per person for the two days tuition and the assessment (and certificate if you pass). Discounts are available for multiple bookings. To book please see the above dates and click on the one you are interested in and follow the instructions. Please ensure you have read the Terms and Conditions.
What are the Terms & Conditions?
I've got some more general questions...
Can you run courses privately for my group?
Absolutely - please see the Adventures for You page or get in touch.