Walking is the most popular countryside pastime and the easiest outdoor activity to get into. No matter what your level, it is a great way to get out and see the country, not to mention keep yourself fit. Photography, exercise, navigation, exploration, summit chasing, whatever your motivation we can tailor a course for you. We can act as guides to any U.K. mountain top and can lead you to anywhere you want to go. If it’s personal progression you are after then we have a lot of experience in teaching navigation and hill skills.
Get lost? Want to venture further from the path? Navigation skills will give you the confidence to go wherever you want. Whatever your level we can help you leave the sat-nav at home and enjoy the satisfaction of route finding in the hills. Basic navigation skills can be covered in a single day or a multi day course can be arranged for maximum benefit. Learn to use maps and compasses and don’t forget to ask us to show you the ‘GPS-finger’TM technique and you’ll never need to ask “which way is….?” again.
Got the basics already? Okay, lets get micro! Take navigation to the extreme and learn to micro-nav between the smallest of contour features and move confidently over complex and broken terrain.
For individually tailored navigation and hill skills training please contact us direct with your requirements. We can organise single or multi day packages for you and your group as well as running private NNAS courses just for you.
Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with maps or GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, hidden all over the country. Learning to use both maps and GPS devices takes a fun twist and is a great way of introducing yourself to the world of navigation. There are a number of different types of geocache, some lead you on a trail of discovery and some test your navigation skills to the extreme. Most contain a logbook to add your name to and some require you to leave a small item in exchange for one already present.
Whatever your level a free registration on the official geocaching site will allow you to see all of the 1,000,000+ caches in the world and descriptions of where to find them. Log the caches that you’ve found and turn it into a family past time.
Wild Camping & Overnight Trips
If you’ve never spent a night in the hills then consider joining us on a wild camp. Learn the skills and use the equipment needed to spend a comfortable and safe night out.
Wild camping in the mountains is amazing, the sunsets, the views, the rain! An over night stay out in the hills adds to any walking trip and a can allow you to see places that you just can’t reach in a single day.
Go back to basics on a woodland night out. Spend a night under canvas or in a shelter built by your own hands and learn how to start a fire and control it safely.
Camp craft skills for the high fells or wooded lowlands, spend a night under the stars and get the experience of a lifetime.
Whatever your goal or experience we will be able to help. Get in touch and lets start to tailor your perfect course.
Tailored Walking Trips
If you have a specific trip or goal in mind that we have not listed already then we offer a full tailoring service. Whether it is just safety cover for your event, guiding or a complete planning service we can help. Get in touch with Pete to discuss your needs.
Orienteering is an sport built around the idea of using map work to hunt for locations in the wild. Teams or individuals are required to use maps to locate ‘markers’ in a given course area, once there they mark their score sheet or record information for points. Orienteering in its purest form is a competitive sport practiced the world over with regional champions and its own governing body. Its place among the activities we offer is down to the fact that not only does it provide a friendly opportunity for competitiveness but also provides a great means for developing navigational skills, independence & personal safety skills, decision making and personal fitness.
We have access to different courses throughout the area, most notably a large course in the Burbage Valley in the Dark Peak area. Participants will be provided with a laminated map, route card, safety whistle and full instruction. You’ll need to identify the best route to gain the maximum number of points for the time you have available, a problem solving exercise in itself. You’ll then need to accurately navigate around the area on foot to locate the markers hidden and record the information provided. You must return to a fixed location by a certain time in order to avoid a penalty and to have you score worked out.
Throughout you’ll be supervised by an experienced instructor with intimate knowledge of the area. The instructor will let you know how to attract attention when needed, how to relocate to the start and where they will be along the course. They may choose to supervise multiple groups remotely or remain at fixed points for certain times.
Enjoy an active, testing challenge amongst wonderful scenery. Great for families or groups looking for a bit of competition.