Map and Compass Mountain Courses

Skills Courses


Winter skills courses cost £175 for both days. Accommodation will need to be booked separately as will boots, ice axe and crampon hire.

"Definitely a laid back approach to learning map reading and understanding of the countryside.
I had a beginner day with Fabian Seymour and his friendly attitude towards learning,was really good. His knowledge in this area was second to none, so I would highly recommend him to anyone, whether it be individuals or groups /organisations, seeking to learn or brush up on navigation skills in the outdoors."


To find out about the National Navigation Award Scheme, please visit the NNAS website.
For more information about the NNAS courses that we run, please see the information on each award below and how to register to come on one:

More information

We can offer a range of courses to enable you to become an independent and confident walker in the mountains of Britain all year round. Through the National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) we offer beginners Bronze and intermediate Silver level two day courses. We can also offer one and two day winter skills courses that cover planning and winter navigation, and how to operate in winter (use of ice axe and crampons and bringing route choice into a mountain journey). For more information please see below.

Winter Skills Courses

More information

To find out more about winter skills courses and to book please see the Winter Skills page.

We offer two-day Bronze or Silver National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) map and compass mountain courses which include training and assessment. The syllabus has been prepared by NNAS and as such requires an additional registration through NNAS (via an additional Consent form found on the individual page).

  • For Bronze courses, there is a maximum of 8 per two day course.
  • For Silver courses, there is a maximum of 6 per two day course.

1-2-1 tuition or private groups can be arranged. These courses introduce people to the use of maps and compasses, and provide you with the confidence to plan your own routes and venture off paths and tracks.

These activities are unlikely to be suitable for young kids, but those considering entering the DofE scheme may find them useful (14-18). Under 18's are welcome so long as they are accompanied by parent(s)/guardian(s).

We can also provide non-accredited advice about your navigation through one of our single day walks. If you would like a bespoke half/full day walk with an emphasis on your navigation skills please see the Day Walks page and discuss this with us before booking.

We run NNAS courses in the North York Moors NP and the Howgill Fells (western Yorkshire Dales NP). For a map of the National Parks please see here. You will need to book accommodation near to where the course is run if coming from further afield and we will confirm a start time and location. To find out about the courses and the next scheduled course please see the links for Bronze and Silver


For either the Bronze or Silver NNAS Course the cost is £125 per person (excluding transport and accommodation). There is a minimum of 2 people required to run a NNAS course.
NNAS course costs include instruction, assessment and upon successful completion an award certificate (badges are available at additional cost, currently £2.50).

Winter in the mountains can be a magical time - especially in the Highlands of Scotland. However planning a walk in winter requires a significantly greater range of skills and confidence to be deployed.

The mountains can be transformed from spectacular glistening white peaks under blue skies to blizzard conditions with no horizon in minutes which can be extremely disorientating. Stunningly inviting snow slopes can be avalanche traps and the shorter days and different types of snow underfoot can make a short summer's walk a full day adventure.

Over two days based in Kingussie (Cairngorms National Park), we'll look at the range of skills needed to plan and undertake winter mountain walks. Courses can have a maximum of 8 and are run from mid-January to mid March.