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Navigation is the essential skill for all who aspire to travel in the hills safely in all seasons and conditions. Navigation exercises are fun and a great way to spend wet days on the hills.

Our two-day course covers:

  • basic map and compass skills;

  • route planning;

  • estimating times for journeys;

  • relating the map to the terrain;

  • following a bearing on difficult ground; and

  • measuring distances by pacing and with the aid of a a stop watch.


Our navigation courses are held within the Lake District.

Conditions / Level of Difficulty / Fitness Requirements

Our navigation courses have low fitness requirements, although we will be walking on various types of terrain under conditions ranging from sun to fog to rain or snow.

No previous navigation experience is required.

What We Provide

Go Higher will provide:

  • instructor/s;

  • all technical equipment as required (e.g. compasses, maps), although it is better for you to bring your own navigational aids if you have them; and

  • transport to and from the course location (but see specific courses and holidays for exclusions - e.g. airfares).

What You Need to Provide

You will need to provide:

  • adequate personal insurance;

  • compass (and GPS if you have one);

  • maps of the Lake District (OS 1:10,000 series);

  • pocket notebook and pen;

  • sturdy footwear;

  • gloves;

  • waterproofs;

  • small rucksack (if possible);

  • warm clothing (regardless of weather);

  • camera;

  • packed lunch / flask;

  • sun cream / lip balm; and

  • small amount of cash.

Remember that conditions can change rapidly in the hills, so always be prepared! It is often worth bringing along a spare set of clothing to change into at the end of the day in the event that conditions do worsen.

Also check the conditions for your chosen course or holiday, as requirements vary for each course/holiday.

Scheduled Courses and Holidays

Below are the scheduled courses and holidays for this activity. For the full list of activities, courses and holidays please refer to the Tariff and Calendar.

Navigation Courses in the Lake District

Start DateEnd DateDaysPrice

Like to know more?

If you'd like to know more about this activity and/or Go Higher and our our services, please feel free to contact us.

Make a Booking

Would you like to join us? Then fill in our booking form.



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