NNAS Silver Award Navigation Course


We run our National Navigation Award Scheme NNAS Silver Award navigation course on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. It is a practical, hands-on course with an element of assessment to gain a recognised qualification. The Silver award builds on the navigational skills you have learned at Bronze level so that you can navigate in more tricky terrain.


The Silver award gives you the skills needed to navigate to places that are away from clearly defined linear features, such as tracks. You will learn accurate compass work and how to select suitable techniques to navigate across open country.  Therefore, Silver NNAS navigation courses take place in areas with access to open country and they involve periods where you’ll be navigating away from paths and tracks. Sometimes these areas may be rough underfoot – for example boggy or rocky terrain.

We also offer other courses outside the NNAS scheme for those who want to navigate in mountainous terrain in summer or winter conditions.

Instructor:client ratio

The ratio for these courses is 1:6 maximum.

Other courses:

If the NNAS Silver Award is not right for you, then we offer the following other navigation courses:

A student takes a bearing on a Silver NNAS course in the Yorkshire Dales.

Course Details

Who is the course for?

The NNAS Silver navigation course is ideal for anyone who has already completed the Bronze award and wants to progress further. However, it is not mandatory to complete the Bronze Award first. Therefore, the Silver level will suit those who already have the right level of prior experience. The Silver level award represents the standard of navigation that is expected of those attending the Mountain Leader training course. Consequently, it is an ideal preparation or refresher for those planning on doing this.

Where is it held?

We generally run our NNAS Silver navigation courses on the moors above Ilkley on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales.

How long is the course?

Courses are two days long, and contain an element of assessment.

What does the course cover?

This navigation course follows the NNAS syllabus and learning progression. It aims to make you a competent navigator in open country where you have to leave tracks and other linear ‘handrail’ features, before regaining them again. The course includes topics such as:

  • Taking and following accurate compass bearings
  • Measuring distances accurately on the map and on the ground
  • Interpreting contours to identify major landform features
  • Advanced navigational strategies
  • Advanced relocation strategies – what to do if you are lost

What equipment is included?

You will need to provide: warm clothing including a waterproof jacket; walking boots; and a rucksack of about 30 litres. Depending on your level of experience, you are likely to already own a compass.

We will provide maps and compasses.

We will discuss an appropriate kit list when you book.

What  does it cost?

The two-day navigation course costs £160 per person.