Navigation for Nordic Walkers 2 Day Course - Silver Award (NNAS) - 12th & 13th October 2017

2 Day Nordic Walking Course - Intermediate Navigation Techniques (Silver Award for the NNAS)

Date: 7th and 8th July 2017

Who is it for?

  • Those who want to have a National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) Silver Award
  • Anybody looking to pass their Walking Leader Qualification (this will act as course work and is not a counting course towards that qualification)
  • Anybody who is working towards their Mountain Leader Summer Award
  • Anybody who wants to get a further and deeper understanding of navigation using a map & compass and extending their knowledge from a Bronze Award
  • For use when planning your exciting and different walks for your groups
  • Personal use for venturing into the hills & mountains, moving further away from the trodden paths
  • Those who want to continue trail running in the mountains and extend this to 'fell running'

What are the benefits?

  • Gain a deeper understanding on how to use a map & compass in order to navigate a chosen route, across different scales of maps, on top of what you have already understood through a Bronze Award.
  • Grow your confidence to take people further afield, but with-in your qualification's perimeter's
  • Gain a Silver NNAS certificate to show you have the skills (continued personal development/CPD Points)
  • Use this course to help you further to gain your Walking Leader Qualification (It will set you on the right track, giving you a good understanding of navigation, not give you the course work or qualification)
  • Increase your earning potential by being able to plan breath taking routes
  • Know you have the confidence and skill should you find yourself miss-placed, to relocate and find your bearings again. 
  • Enjoy the mountains and fells of the UK like you never have before. 
  • Get to places off the beaten track where many others don't have the skill or confidence to go. 

What will I learn?

  • How to use the skills and techniques you learnt in the Bronze Award in the contest of Silver Award navigation strategies. 
  • How to relate small features, knolls, lumps, bumps and re-entrants to their corresponding map features and contours. Use these type of features as a means to navigation in good weather conditions. 
  • How to use the land and features around you to orientate the map and as collecting and catching features as well. 
  • How to use a compass well; accurately follow a bearing, aim off, check the direction of handrails and other linear features. 
  • How to deviate from your compass bearing and then accurately re-join your original line. 
  • How to use back bearings to check your route accuracy. 
  • How to measure distance on the ground in varied and open terrain using timing and pacing. 
  • How to simplify legs using rough navigation, attack points and fine navigation. 
  • How to recognise dangerous and difficult terrain on the map and on the ground. 
  • How to plan and implement navigational strategies based on the skills above. 
  • How to maintain route finding accuracy in poor visibility or darkness. 
  • How to recognise a navigational error within a few minutes and apply the appropriate re-location techniques. 
  • How to understand how personal fitness and the nature of the terrain can affect a route choice. 
  • How to understand potential consequences of fatigue and physical discomfort in bad weather/difficult terrain. 
  • Be able to select the appropriate clothing, equipment and first aid kit for walking in the open countryside in all weathers. 
  • Gain an  in-depth of knowledge of the countryside code, current access legislation and the environmental impact we have on the countryside. 
  • Gain a deeper understanding of what responsibilities we have towards other countryside dwellers and users such as farmers, forestry and conservation. 

Level and entry requirements

This is an intermediate-level course into navigation for personal development & will give you a NNAS (National Navigation Award Scheme) Silver Award, assuming you are able to demonstrate a good understanding and application of the skills being learnt on the course.

You must already hold a NNAS Bronze Award or be able to demonstrate that you are at the level of a basically skilled navigator already in order to participate on this 2 day course.

What do I need? 

  • Compass Harvey/BMC 1:40'000 map of the Lake District and Ordnance Survey 1:25'000 OL5 Map 
  • Full waterproof cover (Jacket with hood and Pants), these must be taped seems, please call to discuss if your not sure.  
  • Clothing suitable for the countryside & time of year - We will not be moving quickly, so please account for that in your clothing selection.  
  • 1 spare warm top, not cotton please. Wool or synthetic will be fine
  • Spare clothing for day 2, should your day 1 clothing get wet.  
  • Suitable footwear for wet ground, preferably off road walking/running shoes suitable for NW.  
  • Hat & Gloves x 2 
  • Lunch, day-food & a water flask.

Mountain Run will supply: 

  • A  Harvey 1;25'000 map of the local area we are going to use
  • The location is Glenridding Public Hall, Glenridding, CA11 0PA. 
  • Tea/Coffee at the event location. 
  • Notes for you to take away, as there is always a lot to absorb. 
  • A NNAS Silver Award certificate, assuming you demonstrate a good understanding of the 2 days of learning & application.
  • Plenty of smiles and understanding. 
Glenridding Village Hall
Street Map for Glenridding Public Hall - see link below

How to get there: 

    • Drive to Glenridding via the A592 (either from the South [Kirkstone Pass] or the North [Junc 40 M6/Penrith]
    • Park in the main carpark next to the Ullswater Information Centre
    • Walk over the main bridge and take a left turn just before the local shop 'Sharmans', this is directly you step off the bridge. 
    • Walk up the road for 300m passing CatstyCam Outdoors on your left and the Glenridding Public Hall is on your right. 
    • Below is a image of what your looking for!
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Glenridding Public Hall entrance.

Course duration and delivery

2-day theory & practical based course lasting 14 hours in total


£135 for qualified level 2 CYQ NW Instructors

£190 for non-qualified participants (NWUK members to the Passport Scheme receive a discount for this course - pay £150.00 - See Membership info for NWUK)

Please email Kaye Lay at NWUK to book this course -

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