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Introduction To Navigation – Langdale Pikes

Introduction To Navigation – Langdale Pikes

23rd July , 2023 @ 09:00 15:00


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, resulting in the outcome for the day to shift very quickly. 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 within the outdoors, 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 reading the lay of the land, map orientation, key features, simple strategies, tips, hints, experience and knowledge within the world of navigation. Sending you away with all the skills you need to successfully map read when tackling the outdoors.

This navigation course will get the bearings oiled and give you the assessment skills whilst planning a route. Helping keep you safe and confident, when ascending into the outdoors. All in the absolutely stunning surroundings of the Langdale Pikes.

Hike Stats

Event Type: Low Level

Distance: 3-4 miles

Difficulty: 1/5 – General level of fitness required

Duration: Approximately 6 hours including lunch and breaks

Where to Meet

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.

what3words phrase: ///screening.sound.craft

National Trust Sticklebarn, B5343, Great Langdale
Ambleside,CumbriaLA22 9JUUnited Kingdom
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Check out our full calendar

We have a wide selection of different walks and hikes running throughout the whole season. Click the below link to view our full calendar of guided walks we currently have planned.


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.

Kit List

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.

Warm clothing

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.

Head torch

This is a critical piece of equipment even for walks that will be starting during daylight hours.

Packed Lunch

Food for half way break, giving some much needed energy for the descent.