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 Private Courses page or just get in touch to discuss options and prices
Silver Navigator Award
Each non-residential course costs £150 per person for the two days training and assessment.
Building on the skills covered in the Bronze Award course the Silver map and compass 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 magnificant Howgill Fells in the western Yorkshire Dales National Park bordering the Lake District National Park.
PLEASE NOTE - The 15/16th May course will be run at a different venue:
Square Corner near Osmotherley on the North York Moors National Park. To see the meeting point please click here. The link opens Googlemaps in a separate tab. We will head straight out onto the hill. There is some pre-course video material that needs to be watched (link will be sent on booking) as well as a short written paper.
There is a very brief indoor session both days but we are mainly out on the hills learning the practical tools and skills in the real environment.
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 Private Courses page.
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.
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.
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.
What's not included?
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). 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