Lake District Map Reading and Navigation Courses

12th October 2018

Lake District Navigation and Map Reading Courses


Lake District Map Reading and Navigation Courses

Are you looking for a Lake District map reading course or mountain navigation course? Map reading and navigation are important fundamental skills that all hillwalkers should know. We run a variety of mountain navigation and map reading courses in the Lake District so you can easily learn these important hillwalking skills and get more out of your hillwalking. There is no better place to lean to navigate than on our Lake District map reading course (we also run courses in Snowdonia).

A good understanding of map reading and mountain navigation are essential skills yet so many hillwalkers don’t know the basics of map reading.

Why you should go on a navigation and map reading course…

  • Hillwalking is more fun. You can plan more interesting routes and make changes to your day
  • Keeps you safe. If conditions change you will know how to get down quickly and off the mountain
  • You won’t get lost
  • Your walks are more relaxed when you know where you are going
  • Learning to navigate and map read is pretty easy


Mountain Navigation & Map Reading Course in the Lake District


We run a variety of navigation courses in the Lake District and Snowdonia. Our courses focus on three areas which are:


The 1-day map reading course focuses purely on map reading and navigation so we expect you to have some hillwalking experience and knowledge.

Hillwalking workshops are fantastic for those with little or no hillwalking experience. Over 2-days you will learn map reading, navigation, route planning, safety, walking skills and lots of useful tips.

The 2-day Mountain Skills course is for more experienced hillwalkers who have done several mountain walks, know the basics, know some navigation, but want to be more adventurous with their walking and learn more skills. The course focuses on intermediate map reading and navigation, walking strategies and route planning for tougher mountain days and we introduce you to steep ground and scrambling skills.


How are our navigation and skills courses different?

We believe learning navigation and map reading should be fun and relaxed. All our courses and workshops are hands-on and out in the mountains learning in real situations. We focus only on the skills you need to know and ensure you master the fundamentals easily.

Our instructors are patient, experienced and extremely good at delivering training to the highest standards. After completing one of our courses you will be more skilled and confident than the vast majority of hillwalkers and you will be able to navigate and plan routes with ease. It’s amazing what you will learn in a couple of days.


Map Reading and Navigation Course Testimonials


Jo and Emma were fantastic instructors, they couldn’t have explained things any better than they did, lovely people! I learnt so much more and have gained far more confidence in the mountains than I thought I would. Allie – Hillwalking Workshop


Just a quick note to say thank you to Mountain Walks and Jo for a fantastic course. The weekend was packed with so much knowledge and we did some super walks too. I have gained so much from it. Paul – Hillwalking Workshop


Jo was an excellent instructor. Very engaging and supportive, allowing delegates to “discover” rather than give all answers. Very knowledgeable and great interpersonal skills. Good at encouraging and supporting everyone. Hands on. Can’t speak highly enough of her. She’s a great asset to your company. Denise – Mountain Skills


Jo was excellent in every way! A very good teacher…patient and knowledgeable, she responded to everyone’s individual needs effectively. The sessions were obviously very well planned and she was a lovely person, so friendly and kind Lucy – Mountain Skills


Excellent courses. Very friendly and knowledgeable instructor. Great value for money. Went on the 2-day Mountain Skills course. Learned how to read a map, take bearings, scramble and put into practice in low cloud and no landmarks, using all the skills learned. We felt we had achieved so much and our Instructor Jo was just the best! Denise – Mountain Skills


Jo made the day very enjoyable. We felt fully comfortable in the group & got to practice the skills in true situations on the low-level areas. Very helpful & informative course. Highly recommended. Marisa – Navigation and Map Reading Course


If you want to feel safe navigating in the mountains and gain confidence in your surroundings whatever the weather this course is ideally suited and very well led with small groups, Brilliant! Robert – Navigation and Map Reading Course


I would highly recommend Mountain Walks, I completed the Map Reading and Navigation course. Claire, our instructor was brilliant. The day gave me a huge amount of confidence to plan my own routes. It was also relaxed and fun with still learning plenty. It is also a stunning place to learn these skills. Jacquelyn – Navigation and Map Reading Course


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