Bronze Navigator Award

Accredited 2 Day Foundation Navigation Course

The Bronze Navigator Award is a practical hands-on award. It is aimed at people with no navigation experience whether you are new to the outdoors or have been relying on others, guidebooks or easy well-defined routes. It is also the starting point for many Duke of Edinburgh students, scouts and guides and cadets who are looking to develop their outdoor skills. It is a foundation course and fundamental to understand the techniques we teach before heading into the higher awards. It is perhaps the most useful navigation course you can ever take. 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

Beginner Foundation Bronze Navigator Award

The courses are run in the North York Moors National Park around the iconic Roseberry Topping. 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.

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

  • Maps and scales

  • Grid references

  • Orientating a map with and without a compass

  • Relate prominent landforms to the contours on a map

  • Locate yourself on the map and route, and relocation techniques for when you are not quite sure

  • Measure and estimate distances on the map and the ground

  • Plan routes and use simple navigation strategies

  • Access issues and legislation

  • The countryside code and the environment

  • Walking and safety equipment and emergency procedures


The Courses are developed by the National Navigation Award Scheme. The Awards (Bronze, Silver and Gold) are accredited by the Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at Level 4, 5 and 6 respectively and 2 SCQF credit points are awarded on completion. These have equivalents in England and Wales.


We meet at The Kings Head Inn, Newton Under Roseberry at 0900 at the start of a course. More details are sent out on booking. If you are travelling from afar, I'd recommend staying at the Inn for the course.

To see the location in Google Maps, please click here (opens in a new tab).


There is a series of bitesize videos that accompany this course and act as a useful reminder for those who have been on courses. They may also help you with particular aspects of navigation but don't feel this course is right for you. Teaching navigation theory online can never replace going out with an instructor. You can't 'feel' what it is like to walk 100m using pacing when sat at home.

If you decide this course is right for you, please ensure that you have watched the video series. This will seed some of the concepts we will practice out on the hill.

You can find the link here.


Each non-residential course costs £160 per person for the two days training and assessment. You will need to provide your own accommodation (if needed), transport and travel insurance.

It includes training and assessment over two days (minimum of 12 hours) with a qualified NNAS Tutor and experienced guide. There is a certificate on successfully passing the award.

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To Book

If you want to chat to me about the course then please feel free to do so - email is a good start as I'm often out and about with limited phone reception. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions too.

To book simply click the link below for the dates you are interested in.

Please ensure you've read the booking Terms and Conditions and you are aware of what you need to bring by downloading the gear list.

Saturday 9th - Sunday 10th July - Bronze Navigator Award, North York Moors

Saturday 13th - Sunday 14th August - Bronze Navigator Award, North York Moors