Our two-day advanced navigation course, in the mountains of North Wales or the Lake District...
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Difficulty Level2 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.
- Friday 5th – Sunday 7th April – 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.
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
- 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.
- 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.
Age Limit: You must be over 18 to attend this trip, there is no upper age limit.
Dogs: I am afraid dogs are not allowed on this trip, unless they are registered assistance dogs.
Arrival Time: You are welcome to arrive any time from 5pm onwards and settle in before we serve an evening meal at about 8pm. Please let us know if you intend arriving after 10pm.
Solo Travellers: This trip is perfect for solo travellers and although couples and small groups of friends are always welcome the majority of people do attend on their own.
Vegetarian or Vegan: We will always supply a vegetarian of vegan meal, however due to the remote locations of our venues these must be booked in advance. Simply complete the dietary section during the booking process or if your dietary needs have changed email the office and we will update your records.
We are unable to offer Halal or Kosher meals but will be happy to supply a vegetarian alternative, please ensure you request this when booking.
Ticket / room types:
Shared Room: This is our standard ticket ideal for solo travellers, individuals and small groups of friends, we will place you in a suitable same sex room, sharing with others. This will vary on the venue and can be twin rooms up to dorm style rooms on our hostel based trips.
If you make one booking for a group of people we will do our best to accommodate you all in one room. However, if you and your friends have made a series of separate bookings but wish to be together, simply email us with a group list.
Private Rooms: Whenever possible we will always offer any single or twin / double rooms as available. Please note single rooms are very popular and sell out quickly. Private twin rooms will have two single beds / bunk and a double room will have a double bed.
Early Bird: On some trips we offer discounted early bird tickets, these tickets are based in our standard shared rooms and include the same meals, walks etc as our standard tickets. You can view our full list of Early Bird Tickets here…
Deposits: You can secure your place on this trip with a 50% deposit, the balance is due no less than 12 weeks before you travel. Failure to pay your balance on time could result in you losing your deposit and place on this trip. If the trip is within the next 12 weeks you will need to pay in full to secure your place.
Kit lists – You can view our kit lists here…
For important information on what’s included with our standard trips, such as what food we supply, arrival times and answer to our most commonly asked questions please visit out our FAQ’s page
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What our members have to say...
“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.ElizabethMember 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. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocomeVanessaMember Since 2018
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!ClaireMember Since 2016