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Level 1: Beginner's Mountain Navigation


This is a mountain navigation course with 6 spaces, open to the public.

This course is designed to help develop understanding of mountain navigation, looking at the features of the map, contours and compasses. 

This course will take a progressive approach to navigation.

We start with some theory (1 hour max)

Here we will have a discussion around:

  1. Planning Routes (resources, websites etc)
  2. Choosing a map
  3. Reading the map
  4. Understanding scales and symbols
  5. Grid References

On the hill we will teach you how to:

  1. Orientate the map
  2. 4 D's of navigation
  3. Measure distances
  4. Timings
  5. Navigate via linear features such as paths, walls and streams
  6. Develop hand railing techniques
  7. Basic contours & interpretation
  8. Introduction to the compass and its features
  9. Compass bearings

Throughout the day we will look into different techniques and navigate around the mountainside. Experienced navigation tutor & mountain leader, map, compass and all training and teaching aids are included in the cost for this course.

The price of this day is inclusive of:

  1. A qualified Mountain Leader (or higher award) affiliated with Mountain Training Association 
  2. Local & intimate knowledge of the venues
  3. Technical equipment 
  4. Professional coaching & instruction

What to bring

Waterproof Jacket

Waterproof Trousers

Fleece Layer

Spare Warm Top

Hat & Gloves

Walking Boots

25-30L Rucksack

Lunch & Snacks

1 litre water (minimum)

Personal Medication


Walking Poles (optional)

Equipment provided


Equipment for hire:

Silva Expedition 4 compass


No experience necessary, we will teach you the basics of map reading and compass skills


We will send a full course itinerary on booking - please look out for our email.

£60 for adults

Sun, 11th Sep
09:30 - 16:30 · 6 spaces left
Sun, 23rd Oct
09:00 - 16:00 · 4 spaces left



Cancellation Policy


In the unlikely event we have to cancel, we will offer a full refund if an alternate date can't be offered.

We can also issue vouchers to be used on other events or sessions with us. 

If cancellation occurs within 30 days of the course or activity, we will retain 50% of the full price (your deposit).

If cancellation is within 14 days of the activity we will retain the full amount.

Winter course conditions: It may be necessary to change the outline of the courses to offer general mountaineering/mountain skills programmes with part refunds.


In the current COVID climate, here is our COVID stance and policy. 

Any booking that cannot go ahead due to Covid restrictions or national lockdowns will be given a full refund. 

In light of the successful vaccine roll out and easing of restrictions in England, we are not offering COVID refunds at this time. 

We take our health very seriously here at LDM, our instructors will wear face masks in close contact scenarios and we will regularly use hand sanitiser. Our instructors are double vaccinated and COVID aware, following all up to date information.

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Where we'll meet

The day will run from Honister Slate Mine. Meeting in the cafe in the AM. We will send a full itinerary detailing all meeting locations for the course

Lake District Mountaineering
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