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Map reading is arguably the single most important skill for safe travel in the mountains.


Our navigation courses in the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales will help you develop your map reading and navigation skills under the watchful eye of an experienced, qualified professional instructor with many years’ experience of teaching navigation and map reading skills.

Our courses are suitable for all levels of experience. ​​

Map Reading & Navigation Skills in Winter


During the winter months the challenges of navigating effectively are multiplied, as are the consequences of getting it wrong. Short days mean an increased chance of being out after dark, snow cover can obliterate features on the ground, strong winds and bulky gloves can make handling the map difficult.

On an Abmountains Winter Navigation course you will build on your existing experience with map and compass and develop and practice new skills that will help you become more self-sufficient in the mountains in winter. We will cover such skills as:

  • Avalanche awareness and planning a safe route
  • Efficient use of the map and compass
  • Interpreting contours
  • Micro navigation in zero visibility
  • Taking and walking on a bearing
  • Night navigation


All within the context of an exciting, rewarding mountain journey.




Map Reading and Navigation: Introduction (1 day)


This one-day course is suitable for those with little prior experience who want to learn the basics of map reading and navigating. By the end of the day you will have a greater understanding of the basics of using a map and compass, and will have practiced and developed many of the fundamental skills required for safe and efficient travel in the hills and mountains. 


Winter navigation courses in the Lake District

Map Reading and Navigation Courses in The Lake District and Yorkshire Dales

Navigation courses in the Lake District

Map Reading and Navigation: Introduction + (2 Day)


This two-day course covers everything on the Map Reading and Navigation: Introduction (1 day) course above, and will give you the time to further practice and develop those skills, again under the guidance of an experienced instructor.

At the end of the first day you will have a greater understanding of the basics of using a map and compass, and will have practiced and developed many of the fundamental skills required for safe and efficient travel in the hills and mountains.
On day two you will further develop these key skills, and spend time practising and perfecting, and gaining confidence in your new abilities.

Advanced navigation for hill walkers and mountaineers


This one-day course is suitable for those with some previous experience of map reading and navigating in a mountain environment.


It is also suitable for those working towards their Mountain Leader award, as an ML refresher.

During the day we will establish and then develop your existing skills, and introduce and coach new skills, tricks and top-tips.
We will look at all aspects of mountain navigation but will focus on the more technical elements such as:

  • Micro navigation
  • Taking and walking on a bearing accurate
  • Precise pacing and timing
  • Navigating in near zero visibility
  • Navigating using contours only


Guided Hillwalking, Climbing, Scrambling, and Mountain Skills training in the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales