NNAS Bronze Award Navigation Course


We run our National Navigation Award Scheme NNAS Bronze Award navigation courses in Yorkshire, usually on Ilkley Moor. It is a practical, hands-on course with an element of assessment to gain a recognised qualification.


The Bronze award is for people with little or no navigational experience.  Therefore, it is ideal for young people and adults, especially anyone who has so far struggled with navigation. It is an excellent starting point for many Duke of Edinburgh Award students, scouts, guides and cadets who want to develop their outdoor skills. What is more, it is also fun for families to book together. It is also a gentle introduction to navigation for those who are intimidated by the subject.

Although the course includes an amount of walking, the distances are small and the terrain is gentle. So, those who have doubts about their fitness should not be put off because it is primarily a navigation course not an endurance test.

We also run other navigation 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 1:8 maximum.

Other courses:

If the NNAS Bronze Award in Yorkshire is not right for you, then we offer these other navigation courses:

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Course Details

Who is the course for?

The NNAS Bronze navigation course is for anyone and everyone, especially those who are nervous about navigation or find it confusing.

Where is it held?

We generally run our NNAS Bronze navigation courses on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales on and around Ilkley Moor.

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. The aim is to make you a competent navigator on tracks and using other linear ‘handrail’ features. The course includes topics such as:

  • Maps and scales
  • Orientating the map
  • Understanding your ‘journey’
  • Understanding contours
  • Measuring distances on the map and on the ground
  • Using the compass for general direction and rough bearings
  • Simple navigational strategies
  • Basic 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 might 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 £140 per person.