Introductory Navigation

Giving you the skills to navigate in the hills and mountains

Date Duration Cost Bookings
TBC 1 Day £40 Taking Bookings

You enjoy walking in the UK countryside, but until now have relied on other people to navigate. This course is for you if you want to learn how to use a map and compass, and will give you a base of knowledge to put into practice on your next walk.

We run one or two day courses in all areas of the UK.

This is a walking day so you will learn on your feet.  You will be introduced to different types of map, map scales, grid references and map features.  Practical exercises will include measuring distance, compass use, orientating the map using both ground features and the compass, and simple navigation strategies such as hand railing and overshoot features.

We will provide;

  • A fully qualified Summer Mountain Leader as a minimum
  • Full day itinerary based on the groups experience, fitness and objectives
  • Kit list
  • Photographs

£40 per person with a minimum of 4 people for the course to run. Please note that prices are for instruction and guiding only and do not include accommodation, transport and meal costs. We can provide recommendations for accommodation if required.

Why book with us?
RockRiver Expeditions are a family run company who pride themselves in delivering the best adventurous experience to one and all. We believe in a client centred approach to experiential learning in a friendly and approachable manner, working with our fully qualified instructors and coaches helping you to fulfil your dreams and ambitions.
Course Itinerary

The itinerary for the day can be built around your wants and needs of the discipline based upon your previous skills and experience. In general terms for someone who has very little knowledge of navigation the following sample itinerary will give a guide.

  • Map types, scales, conventional signs
  • Compass, cardinal points, roamers, magnetic north
  • UK grid system, grid references, grid north
  • Map orientation techniques
What's Included
The following is included within the price.

  • Fully qualified instructor
  • Safety Equipment
What's Not Included
The following are not included in the price

  • Transport to and from the venue
  • Accommodation if required
Course Kit List
You will need to supply all of your own equipment for the course including the following.

  • Suitable clothing to be out in the British weather
  • Feel free to bring your map & compass
  • Suitable footwear, appropriate for walking off trails
  • Lunch/drink/flask
  • Small rucksack
Fitness & Training
To get the best out of the course you should arrive fit and well. If you have any doubts about your fitness levels please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Contact Us

For more information about our Introductory Navigation courses please email

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