​​​​​​​​Silver NNAS Map and Compass Courses

​The Silver NNAS course (National Navigation 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 National Navigation Award courses are taught in areas with access to open country and involve periods where you’ll be navigating away from paths and tracks. You do not need to have completed the Bronze Award to come on this course but please get in touch with me to see whether you have the necessary experience to benefit from this course.

Is it for me? To see the Silver NNAS syllabus please see here (link opens in a new tab/window).

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

  • 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 course will be run in the Howgill Fells area of the Yorkshire Dales National Park

Saturday 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 we will look at route planning and you will plan a section of walk for the second day. On Sunday morning there will be further instruction followed by an assessment for the Silver Award.


Meeting - TBC

Cost - £125 per person. There are a maximum of 6 places.

Requirements -  This course is a 2-day training course (including assessment) which is suitable for those who have passed Bronze, or for those who are at a Bronze standard and wish to progress. There will be evening work on the Saturday evening. Yoou will need to attend the whole course.

Accommodation - TBC

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

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