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Navigation and Hill Skills

The skills to keep you safe in the hills!

Are you interested in learning how to use a map and compass or brushing up your map reading skills? These courses will enable you to learn the skills to navigate in the hills and obtain a recognised certificate (a Bronze or Silver award) from the National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS).

Despite GPS technology, which we’ll discuss and demonstrate, traditional map and compass skills are still an integral part of safe hill walking. These two and three-day practical courses will take you through all the essential map and compass skills you need to plan your own walks and navigate safely and confidently.

 

Navigation & Hill Skills Course – Bronze Award

Operates on: 1 April, 10 May & 4 November 2017

This course is suitable for complete beginners, or those wishing to improve their rusty skills and covers all the NNAS Bronze syllabus and overlapping with some aspects of the Silver syllabus. At the end of the course you’ll have the opportunity to be assessed and to receive the NNAS Bronze award or just to take the experience gained to help you in your own forays into the hills. We’ll introduce you to the most important navigation skills such as: setting the map, identifying features, interpreting contours, taking and following a compass bearing, estimating distance travelled, identifying a practical route, understanding maps scales, distances, symbols and grid references.

 

Navigation & Hill Skills Course – Silver Award

Operates on: 4 April & 7 November 2017

The silver NNAS award builds upon skills acquired on the bronze award. You will, amongst other things, learn how to navigate to features some distance from paths and tracks, use a compass to a high level of accuracy, obtain a greater understanding of contour lines, judge distances and plan a safe walk.

Please note for assessment for the Silver award we recommend that you have already received the Bronze award, however this is not essential particularly if you already have experience of navigating in the hills.

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You enjoy being outdoors in the fresh air, communing with nature and discovering the world at a relaxed pace. Short countryside strolls or sightseeing on foot make you feel good. You enjoy cities with art and culture and like to develop an interest in your surroundings. You are reasonably fit and healthy. No previous experience is required.



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  • Itinerary & Map
    10 May 2017 - 13 May 2017

    Day 1 - Buttermere
    Independent arrival at Hassness Country House from 3pm. Dinner is at 7pm.

    Day 2 - Buttermere
    Two days classroom and practical outdoor training with the option to be assessed on the final day to receive the NNAS award.

    Day 4 - Buttermere
    Those booked on the Bronze Award holiday will depart Hassness Country House after breakfast. If you are booked on the Silver Award holiday there is an additional training day.

    Day 5 - -
    Those booked on the Silver Award holiday will depart Hassness Country House after breakfast.


  • Accommodation
    Hassness Country House 

    Hassness Country House provides a welcoming and peaceful atmosphere for each and every guest. All our bedrooms have stunning views of the rugged and imposing hillsides across the water. Looking out across the lake on a still and sunny morning from your room is truly a special sight. At Hassness you’ll take a step back from the frantic world beyond the fells.  It’s far enough away yet convenient for the main tourist hubs of Keswick; this is a quieter, less trodden part of the Lake District with dramatic and tranquil scenery. Managers Carole & Brian will make you feel welcome. We know you’ll love it!

    The lounge at Hassness is a delightful place to relax, with a large picture window looking out across the lake. Comfortable and welcoming, it’s a great place to enjoy your own company or that of your fellow guests.

    Accommodation is in very comfortable twin, double and single rooms, all of which have lakeside views. Bathroom facilities are shared but plentiful - there are five modern high powered shower rooms, which cater for a full house of people comfortably. Toiletries are provided together with hairdryers. Towels (both hand & bath) are provided for each guest. Or you could always take a bracing pre-breakfast dip in the lake!

    Hassness House offers a retreat from today’s always connected world. There's no TV, no phones in the rooms, and no mobile reception in this sparsely populated valley of West Cumbria. If you do need to contact the outside world there is a payphone available. There’s no Wi-Fi in the bedrooms, but we do have a Wi-Fi router in the lounge, so if you can’t bear to be completely disconnected during your stay, you can fire up your iPad.

  • What's Included
    • Accommodation at Hassness Country House.  
    • All meals except for dinner on Thursday† (which can be taken in one of Buttermere’s village pubs). † Applies to Silver Award only.
    • Tuition and use of necessary maps and equipment throughout.
    • Assessment for an award (optional!) at the end of the course.

  • Holiday Highlights
    • Both classroom and practical outdoor training.
    • Learning map skills in spectacular landscapes.
    • The chance to get an outdoor qualification.
     

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    Please note that any local transportation costs to and from trailheads are not included.
    To reduce local costs in getting to and from the course activity areas, we may ask those taking their cars to Hassness to assist in transportation and to offer their course companions a lift to and from the trailheads.

    Nearest railway station: Penrith (40 miles).
    Nearest bus station: Keswick (9 miles).

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    Planning a holiday for a group? For a quote or to simply enquire about the possibility of booking this holiday for your Walking Group please fill out the enquiry form below and our dedicated Private Group Department will get in touch with you shortly to discuss your options.

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You enjoy being outdoors in the fresh air, communing with nature and discovering the world at a relaxed pace. Short countryside strolls or sightseeing on foot make you feel good. You enjoy cities with art and culture and like to develop an interest in your surroundings. You are reasonably fit and healthy. No previous experience is required.



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