So you’ve found the delights of strolling through the countryside and are perhaps thinking you could do with acquiring skills to help navigate the umpteen trails and routes crisscrossing the rural landscape. These, then folks, are the weekends for you as we’re taking small groups out for short daily walks (maximum six miles) in the company of an expert who will help you sharpen your navigation skills. By the end of the weekend you’ll have gone from saying ‘where the heck are we?’ to: ‘this way’ armed with a map and compass. For those who want to take it up a notch from beginner’s level we also run a mountain navigation course. For all our courses though, the aim is to learn while enjoying being part of a sociable group where it’s impossible to feel intimidated or daunted! This course is run in the Lake District, Snowdonia, Peak District and North York Moors. please see locations and dates below: Lake District Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd September – Patterdale YHA, CA11 0NW Friday 17th – Sunday 19th April 2020 – Derwentwater Hostel Friday 24th – Sunday 26th July 2020 – Derwentwater Hostel Snowdonia 15th – 17th November – Dol Peris, Llanberis, LL55 4HA North York Moors 19th – 21st July – Dalby YHA, Lockton, Pickering YO18 7PY
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You’re welcome to arrive at the hostel at any time after 5pm, where you’ll be greeted by your Large Outdoors host and quickly settle into the charm of the place. Relax in the lounge with a hot drink or take a stroll down the lane to get some fresh air!
Those of you on the navigation course will be sharing the hostel with other members who are on a normal walking weekend, but as a navigation group, you’ll have a dedicated Leader, who will arrive the next day.
In the morning you’ll meet your navigation instructor and head out into the hills. Our instructors are very experienced, and will have thought about where to run the day’s course depending on the weather and the location.
The day will be spent solving navigational puzzles, learning and picking up tips. Don’t be intimidated though as the emphasis is very much on making the experience one of learning while having fun rather than any of that unnecessary business of putting you on the spot and making you feel uncomfortable.
The activities will include looking at things like the gradient of a slope and see how the contour lines on the map show you how steep or level the path will be; using a compass and looking at other features on the map such as woodland, rivers and sheep folds to help find your way.
Once back at the hostel there’s plenty of time to freshen up and just chill out before we enjoy our evening meal.
Today’s navigational activities will depend on how much the group completed the day before, but needless to say there’ll be plenty of time to brush up your techniques, ask questions and enjoy walking a different route.
The day will end at approximately 4pm, where you’ll have a final de-brief over afternoon tea in a café before you head home.
Top tip number one: Remember to keep practising your navigational skills after the course as the best way to retain all that new-found knowledge is to continue using it. So get out there with friends or even on your tod for an easy stroll along a new route and soon it will all start to make sense! Have a look at some of our blogs on navigating for some more tips on getting out there!
You’ll be working up a sweat. Bring along a touch of enthusiasm and a little determination
2 nights hostel accommodation, please note bedding is supplied but you will need a towel.
Refund excludes processing fees. Alternate dates may be able to be agreed at no additional cost, but this is not guaranteed.
Patterdale, Penrith CA11 0NW, UK