GET IN TOUCH if you want to learn new skills in Autumn and Winter and continue exploring the hills and moors of Britain. I am happy to put on NNAS courses for groups of friends/family/clubs who want to learn skills. There is a minimum of 4.

Meeting - 09:00 - Cross Keys Temperance Inn, Cautley, Sedbergh LA10 5NE. There is a lay-by for several cars just 30 meters to the north of the inn on the A683 with easy access by car from Kirkby Stephen and Sedbergh. We'll meet at 09:00 in the parking area and start out onto the hills straight away. We'll have a brief refresher of the Bronze skills which will enable everyone to refresh the skills before we start onto the Silver syllabus.

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 attended the Bronze course (and have had some practice using the skills), or for those with a good basic level of navigation wanting to proceed. You do not need to have done the Bronze award but will need to be sure you can do all of the points on the syllabus. You will need to attend the whole course.

Accommodation - The Cross Keys Temperance Inn has phenomenal views over to Cautley Spout - the highest waterfall in England (above ground) as well as accommodation. They also serve fantastic home-cooked bar meals though please note that as this is a Temperance Inn they do not serve alcohol (you are welcome to bring your own however). They have a superb selection of non-alcoholic drinks.

Alternatively there is a good selection of B&Bs and hotels in Sedburgh itself a few miles to the south.

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. The Howgill Fells are a mini-mountain range in themselves and steep in places.

To Book - For more information about the course, please get in touch. To book, please see the Make a Booking page. You can also book directly via the NNAS website but please note that this incurs a 3% administrative surcharge. 

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

Next Scheduled Silver NNAS 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.