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Our two-day advanced navigation course, in the mountains of North Wales or the Lake District...

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  • Duration

    2 Nights
  • Accommodation

  • Food

    Some provided. Details below
  • Difficulty Level

    2 Two

If you’re already familiar with the map and compass, and know how to plan and navigate walks over hilly terrain, you may want to take your navigation to the next level. What if you’re in the mountains when the cloud comes in and there’s no path? Or you want to go out after dark on a moonlit wander? You’ll probably want a better understanding of the terrain, and of techniques you can use to know exactly where you are, and where you’re going.

Our advanced navigation course, Independent Mountain Walker, builds on what you already know about navigation to refine your techniques. If you are happy following paths, walls or other clear features and want to be able to find your way across open terrain, with little to guide you other than your skills and your compass, then this is the course for you.


We run these course in both Snowdonia and the Lake District, see below for dates and locations. You will be in a small group with our expert instructors. We provide accommodation and show you the best pubs and cafes in the area, as it’s not all about challenging days out in the hills! Around all the teaching we still aim to provide the same sociable experience you’d find on our other weekends! What we’re sure of is that you’ll come away from the weekend as a more proficient hill navigator than when you started.

We run our Mountain Navigation Course in both Snowdonia & the Lake District. 

Lake District

  • Friday 17th – Sunday 19th April 2020l – Derwentwater Hostel


  • Friday 27th – Sunday 29th September – Trek’s Bunkhouse

What we cover on the course:

  • Fine detailed navigation
  • Bad weather techniques
  • More accurate contour interpretation
  • Taking bearings
  • What do you do if you get lost?

The weekend in a nutshell:

  • Two days of navigation training in the mountains of Snowdonia or the Lake District, learning about detailed compass and map work
  • Explore the countryside, with plenty of time to look at the views while you’re out
  • Stay in our cosy accommodation, near some great pubs and cafes for those relaxing evenings
  • Enjoy meeting new people and being in a small group with a dedicated instructor
  • Maps and compasses provided for the weekend

If you are new to navigation and would call yourself a beginner, then our other courses are probably more suited to you. Have a look at our ‘Independent Hillwalker’ courses, which run in several locations.

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Feel free to arrive at the hostel at any time after 5pm, where your Large Outdoors host will be busy preparing dinner. You’ll be introduced to your walking companions, and will quickly settle into the rhythm of the weekend. We have endless hot drinks after all!

There’ll be a short briefing about how the weekend will work if you haven’t been on a trip with us before. Other than that the evening is yours to relax and meet your fellow walkers.



After assessing your ability and getting your brains warmed up and back into navigation mode, our instructors will be able to introduce you to all the new techniques you’ll need for more advanced navigation. We leave the itinerary up to them but you’ll soon be testing out your abilities in the beautiful scenery of Snowdonia or the Lake District.

Returning to the hostel in the late afternoon, it’ll be the perfect time to grab a drink and relax after a big day out. We normally find people gravitate to the lounge and relive the day with their new walking companions.



Today you’ll head out on your second full day, picking up where you left off the day before.

After more hours of learning, testing yourselves, and ultimately becoming advanced navigators, the day will finish at 3-4pm, when there’s always time for a final tea-room visit before the drive home.

We’re confident that after this weekend you’ll be able to find your way with map and compass over the most featureless terrain, in bad weather and with only contours to go on. And however far you get this weekend, it’ll be an eye-opening experience into some new navigation techniques you can use in your future walks.


Dates & Locations

We run our Mountain Navigation Course in both Snowdonia & the Lake District. 

Lake District

  • Friday 5th – Sunday 7th April – Derwentwater Independent Hostel, Barrow House, Borrowdale, Keswick CA12 5UR


  • Friday 27th – Sunday 29th September – Trek’s Bunkhouse, Y Cefn, Ffestiniog, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd LL41 4PS

Good to know: 

  • We will supply maps and compasses but please feel free to bring your own.

What’s Included:

  • 2 nights hostel accommodation, please note bedding is supplied but you will need a towel
  • 2 days navigation training.
  • Welcome meal on the Friday plus evening meal on Saturday. Breakfasts and packed lunches for Saturday and Sunday’s Walk.
  • As well as meals, we also provide a variety of complimentary soft drinks and beverages – tea & coffee which includes herbal, fruit and decaffeinated options and fruit squashes.

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What our members have to say...

  • Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!
    Member Since 2016
  • “I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.
    Member Since 2016
  • My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocome
    Member Since 2018
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