Navigation Award Courses

Registered National Navigation Scheme tutors, Rachel Bolton and Richard Tower offer a range of navigation courses in the Peak District and Derbyshire at novice and intermediate levels.  These include National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) Bronze and Intermediate awards. 


Which is the right navigation course for me?

National Navigation Scheme Awards


The NNAS bronze course is aimed at those with little or no navigation experience, who want to be able to plan and undertake their own walks in the countryside. The course has sessions that are both indoor and outdoor based, so we cover all the basic theory of map types, scales, symbols, and grid references, then get outside and look at how to follow a route on the ground, focusing on setting the map to make walking along linear features simple.


The NNAS silver course takes you on from the skills you learned at Bronze level to get you moving over rougher moorland or mountain terrain. On this course we focus on measuring distance, on the map and on the ground, and taking and following compass bearings. We'll look at techniques such as using attack points, aiming off, and understanding contour features. 


For both courses: 

  • You will be in a small group of no more than six participants (reduced to four during covid-19 restrictions) plus your tutor to allow plenty of individual attention.
  • The first day will be a mixture of theory and practical sessions.  The second day will be a short informal assessment of the skills you have learned in order to receive your award. 
  • The price is £125 for each two day course, with a £20 discount if you book a Bronze and Silver course at the same time, so £230 in total. 
  • We advise you purchasing a compass, map and waterproof map case for the courses and your future navigation - further advice on purchasing these items will be provided when you book.   We may be able to help if you have difficulties sourcing these items. 
  • Course locations and start times will be provided upon booking. Please contact us if you would like precise details prior to booking.


Dates of the courses are as follows: 


Bronze Award Course

Sat 23 and Sun 24 October 2021 


Silver Award Course

Sat 6 and Sun 7 November 2021


Please book and pay below, selecting the option that you require.  If you are doing both the Bronze and Silver courses (you'll need to do the Bronze first), please state the dates you would like under 'special instructions'.  


National Navigation Scheme Award Course. With Richard Tower or Rachel Bolton.


  • Places available

Other Options for Navigation Training


We also offer a range of workshops for novice, intermediate and more advanced navigators.  These workshops are not linked to a formal qualification and designed for those who want to learn about map reading, or simply practise and progress their skills. Bespoke one to one workshops can also be arranged.  Further details are available on our Navigation Discovery Workshops page 

Being accredited National Navigation Scheme tutors, Rachel and Richard follows the scheme's professional code of conduct on their navigation courses.