NNAS Silver Award

Building on the skills from the Bronze Award, you head off paths into more open country, developing compass skills and forming a better understanding of contour features. 
  • Relate landforms to their corresponding map contours and use them to orientate the map. 
  • Use a compass to follow a bearing, check the direction of handrails and other linear features.
  • Use back bearings to check route following accuracy.
  • Simplify legs using coarse navigation, attack points and fine navigation.
  • Recognise dangerous or difficult terrain on map and ground.
  • Maintain route finding accuracy in poor visibility or darkness.
  • Recognise a navigation error within a few minutes and apply appropriate relocation techniques.
  • Understand how personal fitness and nature of terrain affect route choice both at the planning stage and on the ground.
  • Understand the potential consequences of fatigue and physical discomfort in demanding terrain and/or extreme weather conditions.
  • Select appropriate clothing, equipment and first aid items for walking in open country in all weather conditions.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the Countryside Code, current access legislation and the environmental impact of walkers on the countryside.
  • Understand the responsibilities of walkers towards the environment.

For the full list of topics covered on the Silver course please follow this link to the NNAS website

This is a two-day course, but with a week between the two days. This is because:

  • Day 1 involves a couple of hours’ night navigation, which means a late start and a late finish
  • We work a lot on understanding contours, which to many is a very new skill. Practice between days 1 and 2 is therefore essential
If you do not already hold the Bronze Award it is possible to do this course. However you will need to contact me to make sure you have the relevant basic navigation skills.

Two Days

From £135 pp

Berkhamsted & Pegsdon Hills (or in your preferred location if there is a group of you)