At A Glance

Distance: Average 3-5 miles
Ascent: Average 400 metres
Duration: 8 hours
Group Ratio: 1:6
Price: £50.00 per person

Why choose this course?

  • Learn the fundamentals of mountain navigation in just one day.
  • Find out all about map reading, pacing, timings, and compass skills.
  • Practical course with real-life situations in the mountains.
  • Master the skills needed to navigate off the marked paths and be more adventurous with your route planning.
  • This course is ideal for beginners with no navigation experience and also suitable for those who want to refresh their skills.

Why choose Mountain Walks?

  • We specialise in small group courses and skills workshops.
  • All our courses are led by an exceptional and dedicated team of experienced Mountain Leaders.
  • We are dedicated to the highest quality of client care and providing courses that are remarkable, inspiring and memorable.
  • Our team are always here to help

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Event Description

This one-day map reading and navigation course takes you through the fundamentals of navigating in the hills and mountains. This course is ideal for anyone wanting to learn map reading, using a compass and gain the skills needed to competently and confidently navigate with ease. 

Using a map and compass and being able to navigate confidently are essential skills for any hillwalker. After this course you will be able to navigate proficiently using a map and compass with confidence. You will be able to plan your own walks from maps, guide books or magazines and have the skills to follow the routes and deal with any navigational issues.

2021 Dates:

  • Saturday 7th August 2021


You’ll learn and discover:

  • Use a map and compass effectively and properly
  • Gain confidence and feel comfortable navigating in the mountains with a map
  • Learn the skills so you can confidently and competently enjoy your own mountain walks
  • The 3-Ds – the key to simple and straightforward navigation
  • How to formulate a navigation plan and relating it to the mountains
  • How to get back on track…and how to stay on track
  • Navigation theory, maps, compasses and navigation principles


Where does it start?

The course will be held in Capel Curig, Snowdonia. Capel Curig is a few miles away from Betws y Coed.

Is this for me?

No prior navigation experience is required but some hillwalking experience would be beneficial. You will need to wear and bring appropriate hillwalking clothing which will be outlined in the course information email. Compass and maps will be provided.

How to book your Navigation Skills course

You can book your Mountain Navigation & Map Reading Skills course anytime through the website.

1.  Decide which date you would like to attend
2.  Use the booking calendar above to select your date and click ‘book now’
3.  You pay a 35% deposit to book your place
4.  We email you with all the walk information including kit lists, timings, parking and training tips

Spaces on this course are available on a first-come, first-served basis. We require a 35% deposit to reserve a place and the remaining balance is due 6 weeks prior to the weekend. All information will be emailed to you immediately after booking. This will include all the details you need, including start and finish times, location details, parking information, and what you need to prepare and bring with you.

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  • What our clients say...

    “From a complete novice not knowing how to read a grid reference, to being able to map contour lines of surrounding terrain and navigate to a specified point. This is all down to the skills of the course instructor. Loved the tips given from plant life to kit. Thank you for a great Snowdonia map reading course”

    Nicola Jennings
  • What our clients say...

    “I would highly recommend the Snowdonia map reading course to anyone wishing to go out exploring.I feel that I now have more confidence to plan my own routes and hopefully get out of trouble should the need arise.”

    Beverly Richards
  • What our clients say...

    “Great delivery and very relaxed atmosphere, the course gave everything I expected and more!”

    Nigel Harris
  • What our clients say...

    “A thoroughly informative and enjoyable day, I would highly recommend Mountain Walks to to anyone who is thinking of attending one of their courses.”

    Jan Knurek
  • What our clients say...

    “An excellent day, really helpful and a well delivered course. Very enjoyable.”

    Craig Beaver
  • What are our clients say...

    I found the course excellent on all points. An extremely knowledgeable and helpful instructor; very patient and I learnt a lot of useful tools and tips. I will definitely be signing up for more adventures and already recommending Mountain Walks to friends and family … well done Mountain Walks!

    Stephen Doughty
  • What our clients say...

    Having attended two courses with Mountain Walks I would encourage anyone who is “thinking about it” to take the plunge and have a go. The instruction is second to none, the courses are thorough and the knowledge and confidence I gained is invaluable. I have had two great experiences with Mountain Walks in 2016 and have two more planned for next year. I would not hesitate in recommending Mountain Walks to anyone wanting to learn new skills, polish old skills or just have a great time in Snowdonia.

    Jim Steele
  • What our clients say...

    The course was well run and the instructor was very patient with us as novices. She made sure we understood before moving onto something new. I was a little apprehensive as I get confused with directions and could get lost in my own garden, but at the end of the course I felt confident to go out alone.

    Margaret Shannon
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