1 Day Beginners Navigation Training Course

Edale, Derbyshire - £75 per person, max 6 people

Beginners Navigation Training Course - Peak District

The beginners navigation training course is ideal for complete beginners and those wanting to refresh their existing skills.
You will learn the basics necessary to navigate on paths with a map and compass, enabling you to have the confidence to start exploring the great outdoors.
The course will provide you with the time to practise your new skills and the time will be spent in the outdoors with a map and compass around Edale in Derbyshire. Initially the course starts in the valley on easy terrain and will then usually progress onto rougher and slightly more complex moorland.
Our maximum group size is currently 6. You can also book your own bespoke course on any date I'm available if you prefer, just ask.

Course Content

  • Understanding maps - Scales, Symbols, Rights of Way, Contours

  • Distances - Measuring and Estimating, Pacing and Timing

  • The Compass - introduction & simple bearings

  • Setting a map (with and without a compass)

  • Basic navigation strategies - The 5 D's: Distance, Direction, Description, Duration, Danger


During the training you will be walking both on and off paths. The morning is likely to take place in the valley on a mixture of good tracks and smaller footpaths and also off paths across grassy fields. In the afternoon we will most likely head up towards Kinder Scout which can be rough in places and includes 1 fairly long hill. The hill up to Kinder is a steady climb of about 400m (1300ft). On Kinder the terrain is open moorland with heather and rough grass. At any time of year there are likely to be some muddy sections and the path becomes rougher and a little rocky in places. When we leave the paths on Kinder the ground is very uneven with potential for hidden bumps and holes under the vegetation.

Additional dates / private courses for 2 or more people available on request

Course Location & Times

Start 09:00 Edale, Derbyshire

Meet at main car park in Edale at 08:45 ready for a 9am start. (cash only car park machine)

There is a good train service from Manchester/Sheffield. If you plan to catch the train please let me know.

We aim to finish around 15:00 - 16:00

Recommended Equipment & Clothing

The day will be largely practical, walking in both the lower valleys and up towards Kinder Scout. We will be going off paths in rough or sometimes muddy terrain so walking boots with good ankle support are recommended. You will be standing around whilst practising skills in whatever weather we have on the day and so will need to dress warmer than for a usual walk. Below is a recommended list:

  • **Hand sanitiser and face covering mandatory** A face covering does not need to be worn in most circumstances as we will be observing social distancing of 2m, however it could be required in emergency situations, to help protect people whilst providing first aid or assistance, or when social distancing is not possible.

  • 1:25,000 map of The Peak District: Dark Peak Area - OS Explorer Map sheet OL1 covering Edale/Kinder. I recommend the waterproof maps which will last much longer, otherwise will also need a waterproof map case.

  • Compass (if you want to practise with one) - recommend a Silva Type 4, Suunto A30 or similar. If buying one check it's Northern Hemisphere (NH), degrees and metric scale. There are a lot for sale online which are not!!

  • Appropriate walking clothing to keep you warm on the day (no jeans).

  • Waterproof jacket.

  • Waterproof trousers.

  • Spare warm layers (several thinner layers are more versatile than 1 thick).

  • Walking boots (some areas are rough and uneven so boots that go above the ankle, providing good ankle support, are strongly recommended rather than low cut walking/trail shoes. Boots will also keep your feet drier than walking shoes in muddy areas). No Trainers.

  • Warm hat and gloves or sun hat if sunny.

  • Food, drink and snacks for the day. We will have a couple of food stops whilst out on the hill.

  • Personal first aid kit (for minor cuts, blisters, sun cream, pain relief, emergency foil blanket and any personal medication).

  • Rucksack with waterproof liner/bag.

  • Money for car park fees.

  • Notebook and pencil/pen.

  • Optional additions: gaiters and/or walking poles if you use them.

Any questions please email info@myguidedwalks.co.uk or call me on 07928677626