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NNAS Bronze Award - 2 day Basic Navigation course


BOOK ONLINE: add overnight (+£20)


Duration and times: two days (12 hours). Sessions last from 09.00 until 16.00 on both days - please arrive on time as you may miss content if you arrive late.

Camping: You may camp in the woods overnight for an additional £20 or alternatively you may find your own accommodation locally, or return home.

Course content: Use of map and compass, grid references, use of landmarks, contours, handrails, navigation strategies

This course will teach you how to navigate on low level paths using map and compass. The content is suitable for both beginners or intermediate navigators.

Wildwood Bushcraft is an official provider of the National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) - this means we can provide an accredited and well recognised qualification in Navigation. If you are successful in achieving the pass criteria of this course you will receive an NNAS Bronze Award certificate.

If you are primarily interested in the content of this course and do not want the qualification you do not have to be assessed.

We will start by explaining and demonstrating the basic navigational principles of map and compass. Once we have covered the basic knowledge we will go on a navigational journey as a group. This will be a chance to test people's ability to relate the map features to the landscape, and demonstrate navigation strategies.

Learning outcomes: You should be able to:

  • Understand the nature of a map as a two dimensional plan.
  • Understand how to use map symbols and scales, on a variety of maps.
  • Take a 6 figure grid reference for any given position and also locate such a reference on the map.
  • Orientate the map with and without a compass. Use the orientated map to identify land features and indicate direction of travel.
  • Choose simple navigation strategies and routes. Use linear features (e.g. paths and tracks) as handrails in simple navigation exercises.
  • Estimate distance on both map and ground.
  • Using a basic understanding of contours, match major landforms like hills and valleys to their map representation.
  • Plan a safe, suitable walk.
  • Relocate using simple techniques on paths and other handrails. Understand access rights and responsibilities.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of local and national access issues and access legislation.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the Countryside Code, and of procedures to be followed in the event of an emergency.


Please bring the following kit with you (some of this is optional):

  • Suitable outdoor clothing including waterproofs and outdoor boots/wellies
  • A drink for the day (e.g. thermos) and packed lunch, snacks
  • A watch (for timings)
  • A compass (if you have one) but we do have some for loan
  • Torch (during the winter)
  • Insect repellant and suncream (during the summer)
  • Any medications you need

If camping overnight please bring everything you need (such as tent, sleeping bags, mat, camping stove, food etc.)

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