Mountain Skills Courses


The Silver Navigator Award develops the navigation skills acquired at the Bronze level. It adds skills required to navigate to features and places some distance from paths and tracks. It teaches accurate compass work. It will also teach you to select the suitable navigational techniques to cross open country. Silver NNAS courses are taught in areas with access to open country and involve periods where you’ll be navigating away from paths and tracks

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


Silver Navigator Award

Each non-residential course costs £165 per person for the two days training and assessment. There are discounts available for multiple bookings


Building on the skills covered in the Bronze Award course the Silver Navigator Award looks at going cross country using compass bearings and other poor visibility techniques. By the end of the course, you will have a good understanding of:

  • Using finer detail features to orientate the map and navigate

  • Using a compass to follow bearings and confirm the route

  • More advanced navigation strategies, including coarse and fine navigation

  • Recognising dangers and difficult terrain on the map.

  • Navigating in poor visibility

  • Recognising errors and relocating

  • Understanding how route planning is affected by fitness and terrain

  • Understand how weather and terrain affect you

  • Selecting clothing for the walk

  • The countryside code and the walker's responsibility to the environment


The courses are run from The Fat Lamb Inn in Ravenstonedale near Kirkby Stephen. We will be out in the magnificent Howgill Fells in the western Yorkshire Dales National Park bordering the Lake District 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 1:8 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.

Each course includes training and assessment over two days (minimum of 12 hours). There is a certificate on successfully passing the award.

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 routes off paths and tracks in open access land. You'll learn to use a compass to take and follow a bearing and develop your navigation strategies to a higher level to explore the hills and mountains.

Here's John talking about his experience of both his Bronze and Silver award having just passed Silver in May 2021 :-)


Silver NNAS - Frequently asked questions

Is this suitable for me?

This is not an army march but we will be in hilly terrain. It is aimed at those wanting to gain more confidence in the hills. For Silver, you must be proficient in the above Bronze skills but you don't need to hold a Bronze Award. I will always try and accommodate everyone but if unsure please drop me an email.

What do I need to bring?

Please see the recommended kit list here (ignore the additional extras for wilderness backpacking as we won't be doing that!). You will need your own compass (Silva Expedition 4 recommended) and map case (Ortleib is recommended). We'll be using OL19 "Howgill Fells and Upper Eden Valley" Ordinance Survey maps and it is expected that you will have your own at this level. However, I am able to provide maps.

Where do we meet?

We meet at the Fat Lamb Inn in Ravenstonedale near Kirkby Stephen. It is easily accessible from Sedbergh, the M6, A65 and A66. For the course running on 15/16th May ONLY: We meet at Square Corner near Osmotherley on the North York Moors National Park.

I'm coming from further afield, where can I stay nearby?

This is up to you depending on your budget. However there are nearby campsites, youth hostels, hotels and B&Bs around Ravenstonedale, Sedbergh and Kirkby Stephen. If you are booking onto the course running on 15/16th May 2021, there are places to stay around Osmotherley and nearby Thirsk and Northallerton.

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 £165 per person for the two days tuition and the assessment (and certificate if you pass). To book please see the dates below the FAQs, click on the one you are interested in and follow the instructions. Please ensure you have read the Terms and Conditions. Including the cancellation policy

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

Please have a look for other dates. If there is a group of you please just get in touch with me and I'll see what dates you are free and whether I am too. Please also see the Adventures for You page

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.

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 the course privately for my group?

Absolutely - please see the Adventures for You page or get in touch to discuss.


I did my Silver Navigator Award with Fabian and it was a fantastic couple of days. Excellent clear, concise and easy to pick up training including lots of extra tips from the wealth of experience he has at his disposal!!
Fabian also made it fun and engaging giving us two great days out in the hills.

Tim, October 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, or would like 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 Silver NNAS Courses
This includes the two days training, assessment and the certificate

  • Silver Navigator Award - 14-15th February 2022
    Silver Navigator Award - 14-15th February 2022
    14 Feb, 09:00 – 15 Feb, 17:00
    The Fat Lamb Inn, Kirkby Stephen CA17 4LL, UK
  • Silver Navigator Award - 24-25th September 2022
    Silver Navigator Award - 24-25th September 2022
    24 Sept, 09:00 – 25 Sept, 17:00
    The Fat Lamb Inn, Kirkby Stephen CA17 4LL, UK