Set me free!

map, compass & GPS training
in the Home Counties

Set me free!

Map, compass & GPS training in the home counties

Courses & Workshops

Navigation in a Nutshell

Gain confidence by learning the fundamentals of map and compass navigation 

Contour Masterclass

Discover more remote places by understanding contour lines and the shape of the land

The Challenger

Go from the basics of map reading to understanding contours and walking on a bearing in six hours. Best for one to one tuition with fast learners

 

The Woodlander

Our woods and forests are a haven for wildlife, somewhere to seek out natural beauty whatever the season and a link to our ancient heritage. Gain the confidence to navigate through our beautiful woodlands, whether on paths or just making it up as you go along

NNAS Bronze Award

Learn how to navigate safely and confidently along footpaths in lowland Britain

NNAS Silver Award

Take your skills a step higher using more advanced maps & compass techniques

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National Navigation Award Scheme  

Gain a nationally recognised navigation qualification

Practice Walks

Learning a skill never stops, so after a course you need to PRACTISE! Here are some good places to hone your contour skills on Open Access Land in the chalk hills of Herts, Beds and Bucks.

Pegsdon Hills

Sundon Hills Country Park & Sharpenhoe Clappers

Ashridge & Ivinghoe Beacon

Barton National Nature Reserve

Equipment

 Discover more about the essential tools to help you get more out of your countryside adventure

Compass

 

The compass is an amazing and essential tool in any navigator’s toolbox

Hand-held GPSs and GPS Apps for smartphones

The pros and cons of modern navigation technology

Maps

We’re blessed with the best maps in the world in the UK. But there’s more to them than most people realise

DofE Expeditions

Advice for parents and guardians if your child is about to embark on a DofE expedition

Skills

Pacing & Timing

Learn how to use these two simple techniques to convert distances on the map to distances on the ground

Learn how to use these two simple techniques to convert distances on the map to distances on the ground.

Learn to navigate like a dog

Dogs make use of all of their senses when out on a walk… and so should you!

Dogs make use of all of their senses when out on a walk… and so should you!