Navigation Skills Level 2

A one day navigation course in the Kilsyth Hills for a group of up to six folk who want to grow their confidence using maps and compass to plan and follow routes in the countryside with some short sections away from paths and tracks.

There will be a short indoor session first to review foundational skills: setting (aka orientating) the map; measuring distance on maps and estimating how long it will take to walk that distance on the ground; and how to relate prominent landforms such as large hills and valleys to the corresponding information on the map.

We then spend the rest of the day outdoors to plan and implement simple routes.

Upcoming dates:

  • Saturday 9th December 2023
  • Spring 2024-TBC

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You’ll learn how to:

– use a compass to: follow a bearing; aim off; and check the direction of handrails

– use pacing to measure distance on the ground

– relate small hills and valley and other landforms to the map

– plan and implement a navigational strategy 

Navigation course for women

Who is this for?

This day is suitable for those who have attended the Level 1 course or another introductory course or who are confident identifying features on maps (such as rivers, paths, fences, large hills and valleys).  If you’re not sure please get in touch or have a  look at what is covered in the Level 1 course:

What you need:

Please dress for a day outdoors in the hills (waterproofs, walking boots, gloves, hat, extra layers). We won’t be moving very fast and will be standing around a fair amount so please wrap up warm. Please bring lunch and water and/or a hot drink in a flask.

You need a compass but the maps are provided.  I you don’t have a compass and want to buy one I recommend the SILVA Expedition 4 compass. If you don’t want to buy one, you can borrow one on the day (please let me know when booking).

Please also bring a pen and notebook for taking notes.


£40 per person

Refunds and cancellations:

Please see the full Terms and Conditions

Note that a minimum of 4 bookings are required for the event to go ahead.


If you have any questions about kit or any aspect of this event, please don’t hesitate to get in touch

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