Silver Navigator Award

Accredited 2 Day Intermediate Navigation Course

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

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.

You will need to have completed the Silver Navigator Award if you want to go on to do the Gold Award.


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 Fat Lamb Inn, Ravenstonedale (between Sedbergh and Kirkby Stephen in the western Yorkshire Dales National Park) 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 £175 per person for the two days training and assessment. There are discounts available for booking more than one place. You will need to provide your own accommodation (if needed), transport and travel insurance.

Each course includes training and assessment over two days (minimum of 12 hours). 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.

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 24th - Sunday 25th September 2022, Howgill Fells