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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 basic 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 guided walks and we ensure you have a fun, relaxed and stress-free experience that you will never forget.
  • All our walks are led by an exceptional and dedicated team of experienced Mountain Leaders.
  • We are dedicated to the highest quality of client care and providing adventures that are remarkable, inspiring and memorable. We put our clients at the heart of everything we do.
  • Our team are always here to help from booking to completing the walk. You will be sent plenty of information, lots of advice and kept up to date before the walk.

Book Navigation & Map Reading Course

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Event Description

This one-day Snowdonia map reading course takes you through the fundamentals of basic mountain navigation and core techniques for planning a route. This course is ideal for anyone wanting to learn map reading, using a compass and gain the skills needed to competently and confidently navigate in the mountains.

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, safely undertake more adventurous mountain walks, tackle routes away from marked paths, and get more out of your time exploring the UK’s high and wild places.

You can book your Snowdonia map reading course anytime through the website and we look forward to seeing you in Snowdonia.

Dates for 2019

  • Saturday 13th April
  • Saturday 11th May
  • Saturday 8th June
  • Saturday 13th July
  • Saturday 10th August
  • Saturday 7th September


You’ll learn and discover:

  • How to use a map and compass properly
  • The 3-Ds – the key to simple and straightforward navigation
  • Building confidence through group exercises and real outdoors scenarios
  • How to formulate a plan and relating it to the mountains
  • Practise correct map reading techniques and strategies with your expert instructor
  • What to do if things do go wrong
  • Navigation theory, maps, compasses and navigation principles


We start with the basics and gradually introduce new techniques as the day progresses.

The skills will be taught in a simple way with lots of practical exercises, demonstrations and scenarios to ensure you master the key principles. You will be in a small group of no more than six and one instructor.

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 course

You can book your Snowdonia map reading 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 location


Find out more about Mountain Walks and this walk…

Enter your details below and find out more about us, what we do and the events we run. We are always adding new dates, walks and courses so we can let you know what is coming up and what’s new too. Late availability places are also sent out to our subscribers so if you have missed out on a place then we can let you know if one becomes available.

  • 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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