Our Introduction to Navigation is an essential building block to equip anyone for outdoor adventures. A day of good visibility might persuade others to tackle a mountain walk without a map and compass, maybe follow the crowd. But what happens when the mountain is quiet, the clouds roll in and visibility is lost? A massive percentage of the UK mountain rescue call outs could have been prevented if route knowledge and navigation skills had been applied.
We’re offering an introduction to navigation, aimed at people with little or no navigation experience who want to kick start their journey to becoming independent in the mountains. The day will consist of:
Learning how to take bearings on a compass
Route planning using only a map
Reading the lay of the land
Tips, tricks and experience to keep you safe
All while completing fun challenges as you navigate through the stunning hills of the Langdale Pikes.
Event Type: Low Level
Distance: 3-4 miles
Difficulty: 1/5 – General level of fitness required
Duration: Approximately 6 hours including lunch and breaks
We will be meeting at the National Trust – Sticklebarn and The Langdales car park at 08:30am, aiming to commence the walk at 09:00am.
It is important to note that mobile phone signal can be very limited in the Lake District national park with the other challenge of some roads not actually being listed on Google Maps.
For this reason, we would recommend saving “Cumbria” as a offline map to your mobile device, allowing turn by turn navigation even with no mobile internet. If you are unsure how to do this, please read our blog post here.
We also recommend downloading the what3words app to your mobile phone. This allows navigation to unlisted roads/places using simply a three word phrase.
Please take some time to read our FAQs. If the question you need answering is not listed, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us for more information.
Can I bring my dog?
Well trained dogs are allowed on our low level walks only.
What is your refund/cancellation policy?
Our full refund and cancellation policy can be found here.
Is there a minimum age limit?
On our scramble and advanced hikes the minimum age is 16 accompanied by an adult. For our low-level walks all ages are welcome with under 16s being accompanied by an adult.
What kit do I need ?
A full required kit list can be found below.
Make sure you have all items with you before attending one of our guided walks. These will be checked before starting and entry refused in some cases.
Waterproof Jacket & Trousers
Even if it is forecast blue skies all day the Lake District is known for its rapidly changing weather conditions. Attendees should be prepared for these sudden weather changes bringing appropriate waterproof jackets and over trousers.
When it comes to hiking, layering is key to staying comfortable and safe on the trail. The layering system is a way to dress in layers that can be added or removed as the temperature and activity level change. It allows you to adapt to the changing conditions and stay comfortable throughout your hike. For a full breakdown, take a look at our blog post here.
Hiking boots/Trail Shoes
Hiking boots or trail shoes are essential, strictly no wellies.
We recommend a minimum of 20L rucksack will be needed to carry all items necessary for one of our guided walks.
For our medium hikes and scrambles we would recommend carrying a minimum of 1L of water. On the Low Level walks 500ml should suffice.
This is a critical piece of equipment even for walks that will be starting during daylight hours.
Food for half way break, giving some much needed energy for the descent.
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