National Navigation Awards

The Lakes Mountaineer is currently offering Bronze and Silver award courses, aimed at building you up from absolute novice.  Each course is two days long with an assessment element towards the end. Please see below for more details of each course and dates available, although we can always run bespoke courses. 

Bronze Navigator Award

£120/person for 2-day course

In 2021: During Lockdown - any dates by request, delivered local to you

2021 dates: April 15/16, April 26/27, May 20/21, June 28/29, July 26/27, September 13/14, Sept 30-Oct 1, October 18/19, November 4/5


This is a practical hands-on award. It is aimed at people with no navigation experience whether you are new to the outdoors or have been relying on others, guidebooks or easy well-defined routes.

You will learn to: navigate using a variety of maps and scales; use grid references; orientate the map using obvious features; use linear features (e.g. paths, tracks, clear boundaries); understand contours; how to orientate the map using a compass; what to do to get un-lost; how to plan and implement simple routes; about national access issues and the Countryside Code; about appropriate equipment.

Silver Navigator Award

£135 per person for 2-day course

In 2021: During Lockdown - any dates by request, delivered local to you

2021 dates: April 22/23, June 21/22, July 12/13, August 12/13, October 4/5, November 15/16

The Silver National Navigation Award develops the navigation skills acquired at the Bronze level. It adds skills required to navigate to features and places some distance from paths and tracks. It teaches accurate compass work. It will also teach you to select the suitable navigational techniques to cross open country.

On the course, you will: relate small hills etc to map contours; use landforms and locations to orientate the map and as collecting and catching features; follow a bearing; aim off; check the direction of handrails and other linear features; know how to avoid obstacles or difficult terrain and regain the original line; use back bearings; measure distance on the ground; simplify legs using coarse navigation and attack points; recognise dangerous or difficult terrain; maintain route finding accuracy in poor visibility or darkness; recognise a navigation error and use relocation techniques.

Bespoke Navigation Courses

If you want a date to suit you, contact us for a bespoke course.  We can cover any of the below to suit you:
Beginner: map, compass, pacing, timing, linear features
Intermediate: handrails, aiming off, attack points, back bearings 
Advanced: leapfrogging, boxing, bad visibility techniques
Night navigation

Outdoor Discovery Awards

The Outdoor Discovery Award or ODA is ideal for people of all ages who wish to learn basic navigation skills at a gentle rate, encouraging them to gain and improve personal confidence to get out and get active.  The Awards has been developed to help group leaders introduce the basic elements of navigation to people who want to explore outside.

Previously known as Young Navigator Star Awards (YNSA), the revamped and updated ODA continues with the core ethos of the YNSA: Encouraging exploration and journeying in local areas using simple maps such as street maps, pictorial park maps and orienteering maps.

The ODA levels are aimed at all age groups and abilities.

There is a gradual learning progression via One Star, Two Star and Three Star levels, with certificates and badges available for achieving participants.
Outdoor Discovery Awards with The Lakes Mountaineer are arranged with specific groups and are not open courses.