Map and compass with mapping and navigation software on a smart phone

Map Reading and Navigation

Map and compass skills can be a daunting and complicated subject. But once you’ve grasped the basics, you’ll no longer be following others. You’ll be planning your own adventures and exploring new areas you never thought possible!


Choose from our Intro and Improver courses and NNAS accredited navigation awards below.

Map Reading and Navigation Skills Courses

Discover Map Reading and Navigation in a Day

Discover Map Reading and Navigation in a Day

Discover Map Reading and Navigation in a Day

3d map model of the Lake District Mountains

Start exploring new walks. 

This is the perfect course for anyone with no navigation experience. You’ll develop basic map reading and navigation skills to start navigating your own walks.

Navigation Introduction - NNAS Bronze Award

Discover Map Reading and Navigation in a Day

Discover Map Reading and Navigation in a Day

A group of walkers practicing navigation with maps and compass on a NNAS bronze award course

 Gain the confidence to plan your own walks and explore new areas. The NNAS Bronze Navigator Award is a practical hands-on introduction for people with no experience. It's also the starting point for many DofE students, and youth groups. 

Navigation Intermediate - NNAS Silver Award

Discover Map Reading and Navigation in a Day

Navigation Intermediate - NNAS Silver Award

A female walker practicing navigation with maps and compass on a NNAS silver award course

  You’ll develop navigation skills needed to explore more remote areas and cross open country. The NNAS Silver Navigator Award develops your current skills to navigate using small features and places away from paths and tracks. You'll learn new compass techniques and spend time navigating only by contours. 

National Navigation Award Scheme Logo

We're the official provider for NNAS

The National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) is a personal performance,  non-competitive, incentive scheme for all ages to learn navigation skills and gain confidence to get out and enjoy the countryside.


https://nnas.org.uk/


Ordnance Survey Learn To Map Read


Take a look at Steve Backshall's series of map reading videos with Ordnance Survey.


Courtesy of Ordnance Survey