Mountain Skills Courses


The Gold Navigator Award builds on the skills acquired at the Bronze and Silver levels and adds techniques and skills for dealing with complex contour features both large and small. Gold NNAS courses are taught in areas with access to open country and involve periods where you’ll be navigating away from paths and tracks.

The Gold National Navigation Award is Mountain Leader level navigation.

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


Gold Navigator Award

Building on the skills covered in the Bronze and Silver Navigator Awards, the Gold National Navigation Award builds on the skills acquired at the Bronze and Silver levels and adds techniques and skills for dealing with complex contour features both large and small.

The Gold National Navigation Award contains a pre- and post-course question paper. Both papers must be submitted to be marked in addition to the practical elements before the course is deemed complete and a result can be announced.

Each non-residential two-day training course costs £180 per person with discounts for multiple bookings.


By the end of the course, you will have a good understanding of:

  • Use the skills and techniques of the Bronze and Silver Awards in the context of Gold National Navigation Award navigation strategies.

  • Use contours and fine detail as the prime method of navigation.

  • Accurately: Follow a route, judge distance, check progress against time, use relevant compass skills and maintain continuous map contact.

  • Use back bearings and transits to confirm the current position.

  • Use aspect of slope as an aid to relocation.

  • Select appropriate techniques within an overall navigation strategy.

  • Navigate in intricate terrain in reduced visibility i.e. mist or darkness.

  • Select an appropriate, safe route in relation to height gain and loss, dangerous terrain and other major hazards.

  • Assess the route ahead in the field in relation to prevailing conditions or changing circumstances (e.g. weather, time, daylight, ability/fitness) and re-plan the route appropriately if necessary.

  • Shorten a route, use an escape route and know emergency procedures.

  • Recognise the occurrence of a navigational error within a few minutes and apply appropriate relocation techniques.

  • Select appropriate clothing, equipment and first aid for walking in remote areas in all weather conditions.

  • Understand the physical demands created by hill and moorland terrain in all weather conditions.

  • Understand the effects of cold, heat, fatigue and discomfort on decision making and execution of a selected route.


The courses are run in the Howgill Fells area of the Yorkshire Dales National Park

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 1:4 with a minimum of 2 clients for both training and assessment to ensure that everyone gets the most benefit from the course. Peer-experience and sharing is an important aspect.

We meet at the Fat Lamb Inn outside Ravenstonedale (on the A683 between Kirkby Stephen and Sedburgh) for a short indoor session before heading out to the hills for the rest of the day. Details are provided on registering.

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 and follow more complex routes in the hills and mountains. It is Mountain Leader level navigation although it is not a leadership course. However holding a Gold NNAS Award will put you at an advantage if you are considering the higher Mountain Training Awards.



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 you are aware of what you need to bring by downloading the gear list

Upcoming Gold NNAS Navigator Award
This includes the two days training & Assessment (including the home papers).