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Level 2: Improver'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 using compasses. 

This course is designed for walkers with navigation experience, looking to hone their skills and improve their understanding.

We start with some theory (1 hour max)

Here we will have a discussion and refresher, looking at: ​

  1. Choosing an appropriate map
  2. Understanding scales and symbols
  3. Gridlines & measurements 
  4. Grid References (refresher)

On the hill we will be getting you to work independently and navigate using the following techniques:

  1. Orientate the map
  2. 4 D's of navigation
  3. Measure distances
  4. Timing

On this course there will be much more focus on:

  1. Intricate contours & ground interpretation
  2. The compass and its features
  3. Compass bearings & accurately following bearings across open ground 

The day will run in pathless and often boggy terrain, which is often featureless and requires good contour interpretation and solid skills with pacing and timing on each leg. 

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


A basic understanding of map reading and compass skills so we can develop your skillset. We will be looking more intricately at contour interpretation and allowing you to navigate independent legs


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

£60 per person

Mon, 18th Jul
09:00 - 16:00 · 6 spaces left
Tue, 20th Sep
09:00 - 16:00 · 6 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

We base this in course in Borrowdale - meeting at the phonebox in Stonethwaite, nr the Langstrath Inn. This allows us to use the large area above this valley, inclusive of Dock Tarn & Ullscarf.  We will send a full itinerary detailing all meeting locations for the course

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