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

  • Grid references

  • 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. 

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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. It is for those who have either never used a map and compass to navigate in the countryside or those who perhaps want to revisit some basic skills. It isn't an army march and we will spend a lot of time learning and practicing various aspects of navigation over relatively short distances. I will always try and accommodate everyone but if unsure please drop me an email.

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!). We'll talk about clothing and equipment on the day. I'll provide maps (and compasses if necessary).

Where do we meet?

We meet at 0900 at The Kings Head Inn in the village of Newton-under-Roseberry on the first day. The full address is: The Green, Newton under Roseberry, Great Ayton, Cleveland. TS9 6QR. There is parking available at the pub but we can't leave our cars there all day. There is free parking in the village toward Guisborough a short walk from the pub and at the Roseberry Topping car park (at a cost). We will meet at the Guisborough Forest and Walkway cafe a few miles further east for day 2 and full details are sent out on booking. Please see here for a map of Newton-under-Roseberry

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?

Accommodation (if applicable), Food, Personal Insurance, Personal equipment, Transport

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?

Please see the Terms and Conditions section by clicking the link. You can also see the Disclaimer and Privacy Policy. Please note the cancellation policy!

I've got some more general questions...

Please see the General FAQ section by clicking the link here. If you've still got questions then please get in touch!

Can you run courses privately for my group?

Absolutely - please see the Adventures for You page or get in touch. For clubs and societies (especially university) I tend to look at forming a partnership and can offer competitive prices depending on regularity, numbers of people etc. Just get in touch to discuss.

I can't make the dates you are offering but I still want to do the course

Please have a look for other dates. If there is a group of you please see the Adventures for You page or get in touch!

Thanks for a great weekend Fabian. I learnt a lot and gained real confidence. Excellent course and great supportive teaching. You have a great manner and caring attitude towards your students. You love and are passionate about your profession and it shines through.

Ian, July 2019



If you want to chat to me about any of the courses feel free to do so - email is a good start as I'm often out and about with limited phone reception.
If you don't like the idea of the online booking or would prefer to pay a 10% deposit for now, that's fine as I can simply raise an invoice. Please note that this has an additional £5 non-refundable administration fee.

Simply choose the date you are interested in, click 'Book Now' and follow the instructions. You'll get an automated confirmation reply but I'll follow that up when I get back to civilisation to say thanks and with more detail about the course.

Please ensure you've read the Terms and Conditions including the cancellation policy and that you are aware of what you need to bring by downloading the gear list.

Upcoming Bronze (Beginner) NNAS Courses
This includes the full two days training, assessment and certificate

  • Bronze Navigator Award 22-23rd January 2022
    Bronze Navigator Award 22-23rd January 2022
    The King's Head Inn
    22 Jan 2022, 09:00 – 23 Jan 2022, 15:00
    The King's Head Inn, The Green Newton under Roseberry, Great Ayton, Middlesbrough TS9 6QR, UK
  • Bronze Navigator Award 9-10th July 2022
    Bronze Navigator Award 9-10th July 2022
    The King's Head Inn
    09 Jul 2022, 09:00 – 10 Jul 2022, 16:00
    The King's Head Inn, The Green Newton under Roseberry, Great Ayton, Middlesbrough TS9 6QR, UK
  • Bronze Navigator Award 13-14th August 2022
    Bronze Navigator Award 13-14th August 2022
    The King's Head Inn
    13 Aug 2022, 09:00 – 14 Aug 2022, 16:00
    The King's Head Inn, The Green Newton under Roseberry, Great Ayton, Middlesbrough TS9 6QR, UK

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