Dates - To Be Confirmed

Next Scheduled Bronze NNAS Courses

We've teamed up with Baytown Holiday Cottages and Secret Seaview in the historic and picturesque fishing village of Robin Hood's Bay on the North York Moors National Park to provide all inclusive accommodation, Bronze NNAS courses and an incredible venue to start and end the two days in. Robin Hood's Bay is at the end of the famous Coast to Coast walk and a maze of medieval streets and alleyways leading from beach up onto the high moors.


The cottages are clean and self-contained with a multitude of pubs serving meals as well as take away fish and chip shops! Breakfast will be available (separate cost) at the meeting venue on both days (see below). The cottages themselves are stunningly individual old fisherman cottages, each quirky and worthy of exploration in their own right!

Please note - discounts will be applied on booking depending on numbers and availability. Full costs are shown below

The cottages available are:

The Captain's Store - Sleeps 2 people, 1 bedroom. £280 for the course and 2 nights accommodation. 

Orchard Cottage - Sleeps up to 7 people, 3 bedrooms. £345 for the 2 nights 
Brigholme - Sleeps 4 people, 2 double bedrooms. £380 for the 2 nights. 
Greenfield House - Sleeps 6 people, 3 bedrooms. £500 for the 2 nights. 

Meeting - 08:00 at Secret Seaview tearooms. Breakfast and teas/coffees can be purchased here and we will spend at least an hour here on the first morning.

Requirements -  This course is a 2-day training course (including assessment) which is suitable for those with no prior map or compass skills, or for those who want to return to the basics. There will be evening work on the Saturday evening. You will need to attend the whole course.

Level - You will need a basic level of fitness and some experience of walking in the countryside along with the relevant clothing. You will need to bring your own lunches and snacks for the two days

To book all inclusive - If you wish to make use of this offer, please download and complete the booking form and see the Baytown Holiday Cottages Terms & Conditions. The Terms and Conditions for AFS Mountaineering can be found here. Baytown Holiday Cottages will liaise with you and apply the relevant discount. But if you have any questions regarding the course itself you are welcome to get in touch with AFS Mountaineering to discuss.

All Inclusive - The Bronze NNAS training and assessment will be included. There are a maximum of 8 places.

Accommodation will be provided by Baytown Holiday Cottages on a first come, first serve basis and if booking the two nights (there is a discount on the total cost of the course and accommodation if you book before 23rd March 2018:

  • 20% if booking for 4 or more
  • 15% if booking for 2-3
  • 10% if booking for 1

If booking for one, please note that you may be required to share a twin room with a fellow course mate of the same gender. If booking for more, you may be required to share a cottage (but not a room) with others on your course.

Cottages will be available the day before your course starts and you will need to vacate your cottage on the last morning of the course. There will be secure places to leave your luggage. You are welcome to extend your stay.

Saturday 11th - Sunday 12th August 2018

​​​Bronze NNAS map and compass courses

​This course is suitable for those with no previous experience of using maps and compasses, or for those who want to gain more freedom in the outdoors away from preset GPS routes.
The first day will be around the famous Roseberry Topping on the North York Moors. 
There are plenty of accommodation providers in the area including the Kings Head Inn where we'll be meeting on Day 1 and finishing up. There are also hotels and B&Bs in neighbouring Guisborough and Great Ayton. For details of deals at the Kings Head Inn please see

For the second day we will head to the famous Hole of Horcum in the heart of the North York Moors National Park.
We will be out in the hills both days so you will need hill food/packed lunch for both days. 
Some hill fitness is required along with waterproofs - but the emphasis is on learning skills rather than an endurance test!

To book on this course please see the Make a Booking page. 

For both days training and assessment the cost is £125

There is a 10% discount for bookings of 4 or more

To enquire about the course, please get in touch 

Just the course? - Should you have other accommodation or live nearby, you are still welcome to attend the course. You can book directly through AFS Mountaineering by emailing us or via the NNAS website (please see here for a direct link).

The cost for just the course is £125 per person with a 10% discount if booking for four or more. You can book just the course directly through the NNAS website on the two links given above. But please note that this incurs a 3% administration charge from NNAS.

Come and learn new skills.

Start your journey to become an independent and confident hill walker in an amazing place. The Bronze NNAS Course is the first stage in map and compass learning.

Accommodation, full course training over two days and assessment is included in the cost. The course is nationally recognised and all aspects of the syllabus will be covered by experienced, qualified and certified guides.

​The Bronze National Navigation 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. 

Is it for me? To see the Bronze NNAS Course syllabus please see here (link opens in a new tab/window). If you are unsure whether this course is suitable for you please get in touch 

The award covers 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.

The courses are run in the North York Moors National Park

Bronze NNAS is run over two days with a minimum of 12 hours tutor time (including assessment). Most often this is over two consecutive days but can be done over a longer period. There ideally should be a minimum of 2 students to run the course and maximum of 8, though we can run this on a 1:1 basis. Please get in touch of you would like to arrange a course for yourself and/or friends/colleagues (a private course). Otherwise please see below for the next dates. The first day starts with introductions and formalities over a hot drink in a nearby cafe before heading outside. There will be plenty of time for instruction and practice during the day. At the end of the day you will plan a walk. On the second day there will be further instruction followed by an assessment for the Bronze Award.